iPad Pro 2021: Apple confirms M1-powered tablets can get iPadOS updates via 5G cellular network
The new lineup of iPad Pro is now available in stores and online, and Apple has updated some support pages to reflect upgrades available in the new tablets. Thanks to the inclusion of the 5G cellular network, gone are the days operating system updates are only advisable when there is an available Wi-Fi connection.
For a long time, tech companies have always advised their customers to download and install operating system updates preferably when their devices are connected to Wi-Fi because they normally offer faster speeds than previously available cellular connections. That is no longer the case, though, for the newest iPad Pro.
In a new support page, as first spotted by 9To5Mac, Apple details the ways users of the new iPad Pro can navigate through the 5G settings. Similar to the iPhone 12 series, there are new Data Mode options available in Settings > Cellular Data due to the adoption of 5G.
iPad Pro users will now find the “Allow More Data on 5G” selection that relaxes data usage restrictions when the tablet is connected through a cellular network. This will allow the device to stream media content on high-definition and experience FaceTime in higher quality. Apple also confirmed that this option allows users to carry out iPadOS updates.
When the new iPad Pro was announced last month, the inclusion of the 5G network was one of the biggest upgrades announced considering that it is commonly used by professionals often on the go. With the available 5G networks in the United States, Apple previously said the tablet can “reach speeds up to 4Gbps” with the availability of mmWave.
The new cellular settings also let iPad Pro users choose “Standard” data mode that can be fast enough to complete background tasks and automatic updates for apps. For people who are fine without automatic updates enabled, they can opt for the “Low Data Mode” to lessen wireless and cellular data usage.
The new tablets are now available through the Apple online store. The starting price for variants with Wi-Fi and 5G support is currently set at $999 for the 11-inch model and $1,299 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.