Apple is apparently not making any improvements in terms of 5G supply with its new tablets and smartphones – at least as far as the usability of the ultra-fast mmWave tapes is concerned. This emerges from the documents available to date for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro as well as the iPad mini 6. Contrary to previous rumors from the rumor mill, the 2021 iPhones will still only support gigabit speeds above 5G and mmWave in the United States. It’s not really bad because the technology is only slowly gaining acceptance in Europe.
The antenna is only available in the US model
MmWave support not only requires suitable radio chips, special antennas are also required in the devices. With the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, only the devices intended for the US market have this technology – the European models cannot simply be “unlocked” using software. It can be assumed that Apple will take a similar approach with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro.
The group has meanwhile an overview of the radio bands supported by iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro released. There are no real surprises in this, but the devices now support more 5G bands overall. It gets complicated with the devices available. Five radio model variants are now being sold: one for the USA, one for Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and various Latin American countries, the European-international version (alias GSM), one variant for China, Hong Kong and Macau and – this time new – one special version for Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
iPad mini 6 without any Gigabit 5G
The sixth edition of the iPad mini, which is receiving 5G support in the “Cellular” version for the first time, does not come with mmWave – not even in the United States. Meanwhile, the current iPad Pro M1 supports this technology. After all, the iPad mini 6 can handle more bands than the iPad Pro M1 and iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Pro. Depending on the world region, this can be a great advantage, especially since the mmWave expansion is only progressing slowly.