Cellular iPad Mini Doesn’t Feature mmWave 5G Support, Unlike iPad Pro

Apple this week debuted the sixth-generation iPad mini, cellular models of which can connect to 5G for the first time. However, it's worth noting that cellular connectivity on the new ‌iPad mini‌ does not extend to support for faster mmWave 5G.

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Apple doesn't maintain a cellular compatibility page for iPad models like it does for its iPhones, so the lack of mmWave 5G support on the ‌iPad mini‌ could surprise some Apple customers. Currently, Apple's mmWave 5G support is limited to the iPhone 13 lineup, iPhone 12 lineup, and the cellular variants of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

On the plus side, like the new ‌iPhone 13‌ models, the ‌iPad mini‌ does support more 5G bands overall than ‌iPhone 12‌ and cellular ‌iPad Pro‌ models, according to Apple, so the ‌iPad mini‌ does have greater 5G coverage around the world than the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPad Pro‌.

Despite rumors suggesting ‌iPhone 13‌ models would support mmWave 5G in additional countries, support for mmWave remains limited to iPhone and ‌iPad‌ models sold in the United States, so its absence in the new cellular ‌iPad mini‌ is only likely to concern customers who are based there.

mmWave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds at short distances, making it best suited for dense urban areas. By comparison, sub-6GHz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, better serving suburban and rural areas. All four ‌iPhone 13‌ models support sub-6GHz outside of the United States, and sub-6GHz networks are more common in countries that have rolled out 5G.

Starting at $499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only model, the redesigned sixth-generation ‌iPad mini‌ is available to pre-order now on Apple's online store. Cellular models are available for $150 more over the base price of each configuration. ‌iPad mini‌ shipping begins Friday, September 24.

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Top Rated Comments

shakerstevens Avatar
11 months ago

Just get an iPad Pro what’s the point of a small tablet that runs iPadOS get pro max phone and iPad done
For many the ipad mini is a perfect size
It can go in large pockets (Drs etc) and childrens back packs.
My 9 year old son had a full size iPad but found it too big to use so went back to a mini-5

Everyone's needs are different.
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TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
11 months ago
Starting at $499 for 64GB? That’s too much for an iPad Mini, Apple. ??
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdriftmeyer Avatar
11 months ago

I’m complaining because it use to be a lot cheaper.
The product has increased by $100 US for the A15, updated display, new cameras and more. You get more value today than you did in 2019.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LukasValine Avatar
11 months ago
The five people who have mmWave in their neighborhood are gonna be really disappointed.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
betterbegood Avatar
11 months ago

Just get an iPad Pro what’s the point of a small tablet that runs iPadOS get pro max phone and iPad done
Because iPhone Pro Max is already too big to carry if you actually go to meetings etc.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
11 months ago

Starting at $499 for 64GB? That’s too much for an iPad Mini, Apple. ??
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