iPhone 6s will double LTE download speeds thanks to faster, battery-efficient Qualcomm chip

iPhone 6s will double LTE download speeds thanks to faster, battery-efficient Qualcomm chip
Given what we've heard so far, allied to Apple's tendency to deliver 's' upgrades every other year, and it's looking evermore likely that the next-gen iPhone will be more of a spec bump than a major advance on the iPhone 6. A recent leak of the supposed "iPhone 6s" housing underlines the notion that most of the changes will be under the hood. Now. we're hearing that among the enhancements to the iPhone's engine, Apple may be adding a faster LTE chip to the fore. 

A source of 9to5Mac has shared a snap of a prototype iPhone 6s logic board, featuring -- among other things -- Qualcomm's MDM9635M LTE processor. Also referred to as the '9X35', it boasts a performance bump from the 9X25 found within the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and would offer, in theory, twice the data speeds. 

Already found within the South Korean variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the chip maxes out at 300 Mbps down, which is twice the 150 Mbps max of the current iPhone models. But there's a whole lot of difference between maximum speeds and real-world performance, and as 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman points out, iPhone 6s users probably won't see speeds of above the 225 Mbps mark, depending on network. 


The upload cap stands at an unchanged 50 Mbps, but for browsing, streaming, downloading and so forth, it's the download speed that mobile consumers are most focused on. The Category 6 chip is, according to the report, backwards-compatible with most cellular standards including, but not limited to DC-HSPA, EVDO Rev. B, CDMA 1x, GSM and TD-SCDMA.

Aside from better speeds, the LTE processor is also more efficient, meaning potential saves on battery life. The report also mentions that the mobo of the newer iPhones may be narrower than the current fleet, so in addition, there's also scope for Apple to bundle a larger battery. 

On the battery-saving front, we also know that iOS 9 will play a major role. The Low Power Mode, which touts many hours of additional battery gains, will deactivate certain software functions in order to spare those precious droplets of juice. Additionally, benchmarks of beta iOS 9 versions suggest that processor throttling will also take place, allowing users to reduce performance in favor of longevity. 

So, a speed improvement seems to be in the pipeline for the iPhone 6s, and while many users won't be able to reap the benefits, those potential battery gains will be more than welcome. 

source: 9to5Mac

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51 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring it on.

8. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

M,not even close then to the max speed of the s6 edge

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tell it to someone else dude. First of all, I don't care, second of all, I own an s6 edge and know better. Get lost.

44. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

At least it will keep you warm in winter. Qualcomm bucket of $hit

45. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Not to mention, finally Apple update their LTE hardware to be only 2 years behind... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Two stupid nonsense posts in a row. You're a keyboard warrior.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

This means that the 6s on Sprint will download at 2 Mbps now!!! Not a bash on Apple, specifically aimed at Sprint.

12. waddup121 unregistered

BRINNNG ITTTT

46. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

BRINNNG ITTTT YAY 2013 HARDWARE YAY!! TAKE MY MONEY NOW YAY.. I WANT TO LIVE IN 2013!!!

2. gaming64 unregistered

YEAY,,,,,,,,nope.

3. ithotarachi

Posts: 7; Member since: May 12, 2015

Galaxy s6/edge and other flagships already have this.... try again

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Congratulations!

6. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The "me too, me too!" of the phone world.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Unlike Galaxy s6/edge and other flagships, iPhone 6 was made last year.... These new phones better have it by now...

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Actually no, it was released in Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A three months before iPhone 6. Galaxy Alpha on same month as iPhone 6 Note 4 and Note 4 Edge some variants Huawei Ascend Mate7

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, that is a pretty comprehensive smack down.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks didn't know that (trolls be damned)... Are all Samsung Galaxy S5's included LTE-A, aren't there versions that did not? which regions got that version, which didnt? Anyways, Apple builds same phone world wide to avoid version confusions, frequently they seem to hold back on certain planned features to insure everyone gets the same phone... Samsung "SAMPLES" versions of certain models all the time (which sometimes makes my phone different from yours even thought we both bought the Galaxy S5) and even though manufacturing of a more limited supply allows them to put newer tech on early models, it cannot/does not apply to all phones, which would be impossible with Apple phone releases due to consistent supply restraints caused by humongous demands of Apple Devices... Or am I wrong?

29. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Galaxy S5 LTE-A is only for Korean market but there is also S5 Plus which was released on a lot of other countries except U.S. Well I dont have any source of how many devices with Snapdragon 805 got sold but I believe number is huge so I wouldnt say that is a supply issue considering they are also using their own Exynos which will now have Cat10 so even better download and upload speed.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

How many 805 versions of s5 sold vs iphone 6? (I know you said you weren't sure but since you know more on the matter - your guess is better than mine).

34. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

My guess would be close to 1 million since it wasnt released on all countries but that wasnt really my point, my point is all 805 powered devices combined sold as iphone6/plus or even more. Thats why supply isnt that big a deal especially for a modem.

35. AlikMalix unregistered

I appreciate your honesty and logical view. Wanna let you know that Recently I began to feel that was too quick to judge when I included you on the list of trolls a while back ( I know you remember because you commented).

38. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You arent the only one, a lot of people think that I troll if I critize something but well thats stands for everyone else I guess. I said it myself that I only troll people like Jakelee (BobbyBuster) and Sauce (Vexify) which got banned multiple times but still come back.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

That's another thing, how do u get banned. I have had used rxtreem cuss words when I get really ticked off, I have lost patients with others. But I had not got a warning once. I've trolled bad at some points - for gun mostly - but it was horrible troll posts from me. (The only warning I got was for using a different language once - but that's different). It must be extremely terrible thing they do to get banned. This is a very tolerable site if you ask me.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol you got owned like usual.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Taters/FinalFlash, 1. this isnt a playground, grow the f**k up... 2. on contrary, I own you Taters, as a dog on a leash to follow me around and bark like a Chihuahua... Now, Sit...! Good Dog...

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um you are delusional if you think you own me. Aren't you the idiot that thinks Samsung named the wireless charging standard? Lol

33. AlikMalix unregistered

Nope, you accused me of saying that. I just said that Samsung advertised wireless charging and no need to own a charging cable - and both were false statements. Qi standards are NOT wireless but Samsung keeps calling it that like everyone else (because it sounds better than pad-charging) and I bet everyone who owns a device with pad-charging capabilities also owns at least 1 or 2 charging cables that they carry with them. You are the one accused me of saying that Samsung was the one that created the "wireless" name - all I was saying is that Samsung is wrong just like everyother entity that calls it "wireless". Would you like a treat, now?

39. Macready

Posts: 1823; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Wrong. I don't bring any cables with me. Here I have several public places to charge wirelessly. Wirelessly because I don't need to mess with cables. Charging pads are built in.

41. AlikMalix unregistered

1. Bro, charging wirelessly - there is no such thing yet. I mean what are you going to call the technology when it comes out that actually charges your phone wirelessly through the air? See my point? 2. Good for you that you get to hang out at Starbucks all day, I'm very happy that somebody is taking advantage of that technology, and I'm not being sarcastic there. But for the amount that I would use this which is next to my bed went to sleep the cost will not justify the need. Basically I wouldn't buy a charging pad if it didn't come with the phone, just like I don't buy screen protectors or cases for my phone. 3. I actually see more places with a lightning charger like modern cars and Bluetooth accessories that also have a port which most the time is a lightning port

42. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol sure, nice back pedalling there. I remember it clearly. People were dissing Apple for coming up with ridiculous and misleading marketing slogans and you claimed Samsung is just as bad with their wireless charging slogan. So don't lie, unlike itards like you, people can actually read and interpret words and sentences and you obviously claimed Samsung named the wireless charging standard. Lol sigh

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