M2 iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular Models Drop GSM/EDGE Support

Apple has just announced the new sixth-generation 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and it turns out the cellular models no longer include GSM/EDGE support.

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EDGE was originally deployed on GSM networks beginning in 2003. Capable of providing data rates of up to 384 kbps, the cellular technology was an evolutionary upgrade to the existing GSM/GPRS networks.

GSM/EDGE was often referred to as being 2.5G, since it formed the bridge between 2G and the 3G technology that was starting to be developed at the time. Many carriers have already shut down or will soon shut down their edge networks, and Apple has clearly decided the legacy support in recent models of cellular iPad has reached its end of life.

While Apple has taken away some cellular support, it has added support for next-generation Wi-Fi 6E networks. Like its previous incarnation, the Wi-Fi + Cellular model continues to support 5G, Gigabit LTE (although now 30 bands, down from 32), and GPS/GNSS.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models are available to order starting today on Apple.com and in the Apple Store app in the U.S. and 27 other countries, with pricing starting at $799 for the 11-inch model and at $1,099 for the 12.9-inch model.

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Top Rated Comments

PBG4 Dude Avatar
7 weeks ago
It now costs $200 to go from WiFi to cellular.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Erpler Avatar
7 weeks ago
I'm surprised went with WiFi 6E after all. After that iPhone 14 launched without it I figured they'd skip it until WiFi 7 would be ready.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nsousa Avatar
7 weeks ago
Ordered. 256 / Wi-Fi / 12.9. 1609 € in Portugal
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mabaker Avatar
7 weeks ago
In Germany there are still spots where people use EDGE regularly and it works well enough albeit at a snails pace.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
7 weeks ago
Good to know about the change. Don't think anyone is going to miss EDGE
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
retroneo Avatar
7 weeks ago
Homegrown cellular modem?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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