Apple earlier this week debuted its new sixth-generation iPad mini. Cellular-capable models of the iPad mini can connect to 5G for the first time ever. However, it does not support the faster mmWave 5G.
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.
Like the new iPhone 13 models, the iPad mini does support more 5G bands overall than iPhone 12 and cellular iPad Pro models, providing greater 5G coverage around the world than the iPhone 12 and iPad Pro.
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 affect users who are based stateside.
mmWave 5G frequencies promise ultra-fast speeds at short distances, making it a popular solution for dense urban areas. As for sub-6GHz 5G, it is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, making it more ideals for suburban and rural areas. All four iPhone 13 models support sub-6GHz outside of the United States.
The new iPad mini sports an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, four finishes, a new A15 Bionic chip which Apple says delivers up to 80% faster performance than previous-generation models, 5G connectivity, and more.
A new USB-C port allows faster connectivity, and cellular models with 5G bring more flexible mobile workflows. New advanced cameras, Center Stage, and support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation). The new iPad mini features a Touch ID sensor embedded into the Power Button.
The new sixth-generation iPad mini starts at $499 and is currently available for pre-orders and will be available on Friday, September 24.