Microsoft has an innovative concept for how it could bring 5G connectivity to your Surface Book (or maybe even other Surface devices), and the company could aim to do it before Apple figures out the same thing. explode with their MacBooks. Apple has clearly floated the idea that Tim Cook's company is in a tech race with Microsoft to get 5G support on board its laptops, after spotting a Microsoft patent. Remember that Apple was rumored to be bringing 5G to MacBooks for quite some time, and in August 2019 there was speculation that it would happen in 2020. Obviously, that didn't turn out to be the case, though Apple does have a new batch of M1-powered MacBooks in 2021, with rumored versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, so maybe those - here could have 5G (and could also come with the much-talked-about Mini-LED screen). However, the theory is that Microsoft could beat Apple on 5G, given the patent that has surfaced for a removable 'case panel' for a future Surface Book. The idea here is that much of the chassis can be removed and replaced, with two different panels supplied: one providing just standard Wi-Fi connectivity, and the other providing 5G. When you're on the go, you can switch to the latest 5G module for fast cellular connectivity, but if not, you can opt for Wi-Fi (which will consume less battery). These panels could easily be swapped out using some sort of ``receptacle port,'' and it would be a bit like putting a keyboard cover on your Surface device (or at least Microsoft would try to make it convenient in the same way).