iPad iPad Air "4G" vs. LTE battery?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Natesac, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Natesac macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
    I've got an iPad Air that I love. It's the cellular model, but I just keep the 200MB T-Mobile plan on it for "find my iPhone" or if my iPhone 5 runs dead. I use Wifi/tethering for any "normal" use, but I do leave the cellular switched on.

    Question: Would disabling LTE make much difference in battery life? I know it's supposed to use a little more juice, but it does it really matter if most of the time the cellular radios are pretty much idle?
  2. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    I apologize for the late response, but no. HSPA+ ("4G") and LTE are on the same chip, and thus use the same amount of power.

    I hope this helps. :D

    *Also, if you use your Wi-Fi while having cellular data turned on, you won't lose as much juice as just using cellular since the data isn't going through your cellular radios, thus making them "idle" and saving you battery life. :)
  3. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    I find my battery last longer on a consistent LTE signal.

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