Apple does not maintain a cellular compatibility page for iPad models like it does for its iPhones, so the lack of 5G mmWave support on the iPad mini might come as a surprise to some Apple customers. Currently, Apple’s mmWave 5G support is limited to the iPhone 13 line, iPhone 12 line, and cellular variants of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
On the bright side, like the new iPhone 13 models, the iPad mini supports more 5G bands overall than the iPhone 12 and cellular iPad Pro models, according to Apple, so the iPad mini has greater 5G coverage in the world than the iPhone 12 and iPad Pro.
Despite rumors suggesting that iPhone 13 models would support mmWave 5G in other countries, support for mmWave remains limited to the iPhone and iPad models sold in the United States, so its absence in the new cellular iPad mini only concerns customers based there.
mmWave is a 5G frequency bundle that promises lightning-fast speeds over short distances, making it better suited for dense urban areas. In comparison, 5G below 6 GHz is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel farther, serving suburban and rural areas better. All four iPhone 13 models support frequencies below 6 GHz outside the United States, and networks below 6 GHz are more common in countries that have rolled out 5G.
Starting at $ 499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, the redesigned sixth-generation iPad mini is available for pre-order now from Apple’s online store. Cellular models are available for $ 150 more than the base price of each configuration. Delivery of the iPad mini begins Friday, September 24.