The M1 iPad Pro can download iPadOS updates and more over 5G

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What you need to know

  • Apple's new M1 iPad Pro can download software updates via 5G.
  • Apple confirmed the feature via an updated support page.

Apple has updated a support document to include the news that the new M1 iPad Pro can download iPadOS updates and more via its 5G connection.

Spied by 9to5Mac, the document explains that owners of the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro can set their devices up so they can make use of high-quality FaceTime video, high-definition Apple TV content, and more via the built-in 5G cellular connection. Users will need to enable their iPad to use more data for the new abilities to work, however.

These include higher-quality FaceTime, high-definition content on Apple TV, Apple Music songs and videos, and iPadOS updates over cellular. This setting also allows third-party apps to use more cellular data for enhanced experiences. This is the default setting with some unlimited data plans, depending on your carrier. This setting uses more cellular data.

A Low Data mode will remain for those who want to ensure their iPads don't blow through their data allowance, too.

The new M1 iPad Pro has only been on sale for a few days but it is already cementing a position for itself as the best iPad Apple has ever made. Users can find the ins and outs of the new features in that new support document.

The new iPad Pro is already proving popular among those who have picked one up and you can grab yours while saving some money if you keep tabs on our collection of the best iPad Pro deals we could find.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.