Apple iPad Mini does not support 5G mmWave

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Apple’s newly launched iPad Mini was one of the most thrilling announcements on Tuesday at its iPhone 13 launch, however a limit has been uncovered following that: The Apple iPad Mini does not support 5G mmWave, according to Jason Snell from Six Colors. There is also a suggestion that the new A15 Bionic CPU might be downclocked compared to the version of the iPhone 13 line as per MacRumors.

The 5G support for the mobile version of the iPad Mini was one of the main attractions of Apple, however with the technology specs of Apple iPad Mini it does not provide mmWave, while it supports the low and mid-band 5G versions. Apple first entered the 5G hype machine with the debut of the iPhone 12 and continues to download and upload the better speeds the technology could deliver by 2021. Check Apple’s cellular and wireless features on the iPad Mini below:

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Getting fast 5G speeds depends on coverage that in the US has improved, but is not always quicker than LTE. Carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile are planning on improving 5G in 2021 including boosting the availability of fast mmWave but where coverage is limited, this might not be worth it.

Despite predictions that iPhone 13 models might support mmWave 5G in additional countries, mmWave compatibility is still confined to iPhone and iPad models sold in the United States, and hence its lack in the upcoming cellular iPad mini is likely to worry primarily US users.

mmWave is a collection of 5G frequencies that enables ultra-fast data transfer over short distances, making it ideal for crowded metropolitan environments. In compared to mmWave, sub-6GHz 5G is often slower, but the signals travel farther, providing improved coverage for suburban and rural areas. Outside of the United States, all four iPhone 13 models support sub-6GHz networks, which are more prevalent in countries that have deployed 5G.

The same may be said about the iPad Mini CPU. The GeekBench benchmark for MacRumors refers to Mini’s 2.9 GHz performance, a touch lighter than the 3.2 GHz published on the iPhone 13. But GeekBench is not the ultimate solution to understand a device’s performance. There is no way to be completely certain that those numbers are accurate without an iPad mini to test in hand. It’s not too hard to falsify a GeekBench score, as XDA Developers have proved.

Look at graphical performance if you’re searching for a genuine provable difference between the new Mini and iPhones. The Mini iPad provides five graphics cores, one more than the iPhone 13 and the 4-core GPU of the iPhone 13 Mini. Until we review it, there is no way to say it, but the mmWave-free iPad Mini might still be able to do it a lot.

The revamped sixth-generation iPad mini is now available for pre-order on Apple’s web store, starting at $499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only edition. Cellular models are available for an additional $150 over each configuration’s base price. The iPad mini will begin shipping on Friday, September 24.

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