And guess what? It will go for up to 300Mbps LTE speed. Apple’s newest iPhone is estimated to double LTE download speed, with a theoretical maximum of 150Mbps on the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The theoretical maximum can go even up to 300Mbps on the upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ (also referred to by some as ‘iPhone 7’).
An image of the supposed ‘iPhone 6s’ logic board shows a MDM9635M module chip. Such chips are produced by Qualcomm, and it forms an integral part of its famed ‘Gobi.’ Looks good? So we hope.
But how does all this compare to the previous modules? Well, if we compare the new module to Qualcomm’s MDM9625M module, currently utilized by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new chip doubles LTE download speeds, while managing to operate with elevated efficiency. The sole downside (or rather… neutralside) is that the upload speed has remained the same as on the previous version – 50Mbps.
Be aware that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has correctly foresaw this development way back in January of 2015. However, this is the first time that there’s any sort of photographic evidence to the claim. Things are looking good so far.
According to the official info, the chip module utilizes a 20-nanometer process technology. The result of said technology is lower power usage and more compact package overall. As a comparison, the LTE Category 4 Qualcomm module used by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus uses the 28-nanometer process. That’s quite a substantial improvement, to say the least.
So what are the other benefits of this upgrade? The new chip enables for high-resolution video streaming and high-speed download speeds. In addition, it also supports LTE Advanced carrier aggregation for both LTE TDD and FDD Category 6, along with dual carrier HSUPA and dual band multi-carrier HSPA+.
The exact quote from the manufacturer is as follows: “The LTE Cat 6 device is designed to provide consumers with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and more efficient power consumption.”
300Mbps cellular download speed is not a new achievement with the modern carriers, which is approximately equal to Category 6 LTE. While having that in mind, it is important to note that the wireless provider will have to provide support for 300Mbps LTE-Advanced with carrier aggregation. Otherwise, you won’t be able to roam the web twice as fast on 2015 iPhones and iPads. However, as its popularity spreads, we can safely assume that more providers will dish out support for such high speeds.
So far, it seems that some real advancement has been made. We have yet to see what Apple has in store for us. The improved download speeds and enhanced performance are all welcome additions, but it leaves the goal of improving them further with the upcoming devices. Apple isn’t a company that knows how to disappoint, so future looks good for all the Apple fans.
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