After the new M1 iPad Pro launch, Apple confirmed that future software updates can be done through 5G, which means that connecting your device to WiFi to update your software is not necessary anymore. Apple confirms this news in a new support document outlining the new M1 iPad Pro’s multiple data modes.
Allow More Data On 5G
One of these data modes is the “Allow More Data on 5G” option. Basically, this option allows the iPad (but also the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro) to let some apps use more data when needed. This feature will enable the user to have a higher-quality Facetime call, download movies at a higher speed, getting the latest updates much faster, allowing (heavy) third-party apps to enhance their capabilities.
To be more specific, the Apple Support document contains the following about this new option:
“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. “Source: Apple.com
The Standard and Low Data Mode
Besides having this “More Data” mode turned on, you can also switch to the “Standard” and “Low” data mode. Activating the first one means that your FaceTime calls, for example, will provide you a standard quality. Also, it allows automatic updates and other background tasks to keep running.
The Low data mode will help you reduce WiFi and cellular data usage by pausing automatic updates and background tasks.