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The iPad Mini does not support mmWave 5G

The iPad Mini does not support mmWave 5G

Apple’s recently redesigned iPad Mini was one of the most exciting announcements at its iPhone 13 event on Tuesday, but in the wake of that, a limitation has been identified: As discovered by Jason Snell from Six colors, the new iPad Mini does not support mmWave 5G. There is also a hint that its new A15 Bionic processor may be clocked down compared to the version shown in the iPhone 13 line (via MacRumors).

Support for 5G on the mobile version of the iPad Mini was one of Apple’s big highlights, but looking at Apple’s technical specifications, while supporting low- and mid-range 5G, it does not offer mmWave. Apple first started playing into the 5G hype machine with the launch of the iPhone 12, and continues to boast the faster download and upload speeds the technology can offer in 2021. You can see the mobile and wireless features that Apple highlights for iPad Mini below:

Apple’s breakdown of mobile components in the new iPad Mini.

Getting fast 5G speeds depends on coverage, which is improved in the US but not always faster than LTE. Carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile have big plans to improve 5G performance by 2021 — including increasing the availability of fast mmWave — but where coverage is limited, it may not be worth the effort yet. In our experience reviewing the iPhone 12 Pro, mmWave was quirky. Here is The edgeEditor-in-Chief Nilay Patel:

In a patch of 20 glorious square feet, I pulled down over 2 gigabits per second. (And 40 megabits per second up, which matched regular 5G.) If I walked 100 feet away, the signal dropped and that was it. I hope you do not anticipate being very mobile with your 5G mobile phone if you have huge files to download.

Maybe not a big loss for the Mini yet.

The same can be said about the iPad Mini’s processor. GeekBench benchmarks MacRumors quotes point to the Mini’s performance of 2.9 GHz, a bit slower than the 3.2 GHz that the publication picked up for the iPhone 13. But GeekBench is not quite that great for understanding a device’s performance. Without an iPad Mini to test by hand, there is no way to be absolutely sure that these numbers are correct. Nor is it too hard to fake a GeekBench score, then XDA developers has proven.

If you’re looking for an actual verifiable difference between the new Mini and iPhones, look at the graphics performance. The iPad Mini has five graphics cores, one more than the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini’s 4-core GPU. There’s no way to tell what it looks like before we review it, but the mmWave-smaller iPad Mini may still be plentiful.

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