Apple's iPad Mini was one of the most exciting announcements at the iPhone 13 event on Tuesday, but in the aftermath of the IPad a limitation was identified as noted by Jason Snell of Six Colors. The new iPad Mini does not support mmWave 5G. Apparently its new A15 Bionic processor may be downsized compared to the version that appears in the iPhone 13 lineup.
Support for 5G on the mobile version of the iPad Mini was one of Apple's main highlights, but looking at Apple's technical specs, while low and medium band 5G support, it will not offer mmWave.
Apple started betting on the 5G hype machine with the launch of the iPhone 12 and continues to promote the faster download and upload speeds the technology already offers in 2021. Check out some of Apple's iPad Mini highlights below:
To get fast 5G speeds always depends on your coverage, which has improved a lot in the US, but isn't always faster than LTE. Carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile already have big plans in mind to improve 5G performance later this year 2021. One of those plans includes increasing the availability of fast mmWave, but where coverage is limited, it may not be worth all that effort just yet.
The same can be said for the iPad Mini's processor. GeekBench benchmarks point to the Mini's performance coming in at 2.9 GHz, a bit slower than the 3.2 GHz provided for the iPhone 13. However, GeekBench doesn't seem to be the best for understanding the device's performance. Without an iPad Mini to test, there's no way to be absolutely sure that those numbers will actually be accurate. The iPad Mini offers five graphics cores, one more than the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini's 4-core GPU.