The cellular version of theis the first non-Pro iPad model to gain 5G capabilities. But unlike the iPad Pro, the Mini lacks the millimeter-wave 5G technology — also known as — needed to access carriers’ fastest 5G networks.
Earlier reported by MacRumors, the Mini’s tech specs support 5G NR bands, but not the millimeter-wave bands needed to access top network speeds of up to 1Gpbs.
Until now, all iPhones and iPads that offer 5G — including the new, and — also came with access to the millimeter-wave bands.
The iPad Mini is the first Apple cellular model to rely solely on low- and mid-bands for its 5G coverage. These bands are slower than millimeter-wave bands, but offer more dependable coverage at speeds that still outpace older 4G networks.
Millimeter-wave technology uses a higher frequency than other types of cellular networks, which can result in blazing-fast connection speeds. However, this higher frequency band.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment on the omission of millimeter-wave 5G in the iPad Mini.