iPhone 15 Pro said to have a significantly faster 5G modem

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As The Verge (via 9to5Mac) reported, the 5G modem placed at the heart of the iPhone 15 Pro offers up to 24% faster download speed. The data is obtained by SpeedSmart.

Following the Apple iPhone 15 series launch, many users criticized Apple for its minor changes to the latest generation smartphones. The most notable difference in the iPhone 15 series is a USB-C port that replaced the Lightning. While devices look easy on the eye, you must look under the hood to see the actual improvements.


The Apple iPhone 15 Pro uses a Snapdragon X70 5G modem

One of the most significant improvements to the iPhone 15 Pro is the 5G modem. As per estimations, this modem can offer up to 24% faster download speed. The 5G modem in the iPhone 15 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 modem, which is designed to deliver lightning-fast download and upload speeds.

SpeedSmart data shows the average download speed of iPhone 15 Pro on Verizon’s network is 243.06Mbps. The number downgrades to 195.83Mbps on the iPhone 14 Pro. For the T-Mobile network, average 5G download speeds sit at 300.92Mbps, which is the highest among peers. At AT&T, iPhone 15 Pro can reach an average download speed of 204.34Mbps.

In addition to faster download speeds, the iPhone 15’s 5G modem has the ability to maintain signal at long distances. Additionally, the X70 modem chip is designed to consume less power than previous modem chips, which means that the iPhone 15’s battery life is not significantly impacted by 5G connectivity. This is good news for users concerned about battery life, as 5G connectivity can be a battery drainer.

Qualcomm claims its new modem can offer “unmatched data speeds, coverage, and latency.” An integrated AI processor accompanies the Snapdragon X70 modem for a better connectivity experience. You can also find the X70 modem in Samsung’s Galaxy S23 lineup.

While prior reports stated that Apple wants to use in-house 5G modems in its iPhones, the tech giant has recently reached an agreement with Qualcomm to supply its chips until 2026.