iPhone 5S and iPad mini retina, different cellular strengths?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Matth3w, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Matth3w macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    Is there a difference in cellular capabilities? I have both devices and both are jail broken.

    Sitting here right now iPhone has three bars of 3G and iPad has three bars of LTE.

    Why would that be?
  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    The iPad only needs a data connection, while the iPhone needs a voice connection as well, which is different. That can certainly account for some of these types of differences.
  3. mKTank macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    Indeed. Also the iPad probably has a bigger antenna thanks to its size.

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