Apple's journey into the realm of 5G began with the iPhone 12 series in 2020, marking a significant milestone in the tech giant's smartphone evolution. Since then, the company has been diligently enhancing the 5G capabilities of its iPhones. Now, breaking news indicates that the 5G modem chip in the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro boasts a remarkable 24% increase in speed compared to its predecessor.
iPhone 15 Pro series set to deliver up to 24% faster 5G speeds
This revelation stems from SpeedSmart, a renowned tool for measuring internet speed. SpeedSmart conducted comprehensive tests on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max's 5G communication speeds across major American carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The results of this testing unveiled that the iPhone 15 Pro excels in 5G communication speed across the board, with particularly noteworthy improvements in download speeds.
Among these carriers, Verizon's network witnessed the most substantial enhancement, with the iPhone 14 Pro clocking in an average download speed of 195.83Mbps, while the iPhone 15 Pro soared to an average of 243.06Mbps—an impressive 24% boost in download speed.
On the T-Mobile front, the iPhone 15 Pro exhibited a remarkable 22% improvement, achieving the fastest average 5G download speeds at an impressive 300.92Mbps. Meanwhile, AT&T experienced a 14.6% increase in download speeds, averaging at 204.34Mbps. It's worth noting that upload speeds remained relatively stable across all three major carriers.
The commendable uptick in 5G performance can be attributed to the upgraded modem utilized in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, as indicated by findings from SpeedSmart. While Apple has not officially disclosed the specifics of these modems, SpeedSmart speculates that the Pro models are equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X70 modem, which offers several advantages, including significantly lower power consumption, enhanced 5G carrier aggregation capabilities, and improved connectivity in areas distant from cell towers.
In light of these improvements, SpeedSmart's tests conclusively demonstrate that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max now deliver 24% faster 5G speeds compared to their predecessors in the iPhone 14 Pro lineup.
Despite ongoing rumors about Apple's development of in-house 5G modems, the company has extended its modem supply agreement with Qualcomm, securing the partnership until 2026. This strategic move suggests that Apple may defer the introduction of its proprietary modem technology for several more generations of iPhones.