'iPhone 6s' to Support Faster Download Speeds With Improved Qualcomm LTE Modem

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Following a report yesterday that the next-generation "iPhone 6s" will appear essentially identical to the current lineup of iPhones with a few minor internal differences, an unnamed source has shared new photos of logic board from the device with 9to5Mac, revealing an updated Qualcomm LTE chip offering faster LTE speeds and greater energy efficiency.

Specifically, the next iPhone will carry a Qualcomm MDM9635M chip -- also referred to as the "9X35" Gobi modem platform -- and it aims to give the iPhone 6s a significant increase in performance over the current 9X25 used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.


For everyday users, this gives the potential for significant increases in LTE network performance with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, twice that of the current iPhone line. Real-world limitations of carrier support will, however, limit those speed improvements in many cases.

The new Qualcomm chip, which was announced in 2013 and came to market last year, is also more power efficient. This power efficiency combined with the possibility of a slimmer motherboard could give the iPhone 6s some improvement in battery life this year.

As shared yesterday, the iPhone 6s will appear nearly identical to the iPhone 6, which is typical for Apple's "S" generation iPhones. Apple will, however, be including a number of enhancements for the device, from the faster LTE modem to a Force Touch display and perhaps the "biggest camera jump ever."

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sundog925

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good news for us unlimited data users.
bad news for you 2GB plan users.
when LTE first debuted, i blew thru 1GB in a couple hours, u don't know how much you really use until you measure it haha
 

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Sounds like the main features will be: Force touch and much improved camera. Everything like processor speed, RAM, LTE speeds will be improved, which is great - all little things which add up to a great experience.
 

recoil80

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The real good news is that the chip is more power efficient so we can expect some improvement in battery life.
What the average user needs is better power consumption especially in low signal (that needs improvement on the antenna too). More speed is always welcome, but with limited data plans is pointless to have a super fast LTE while you can't download apps and content unless you are on wi-fi
 
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So, a new LTE chip that will benefit no one in the US because the carriers won't support that speed?

I guess Apple is back to throwing up the middle finger to the "S" upgrade cycle. Unshocking, though -- the 5S has really been the only S series phone worth owning.
 

oliversl

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Well, we are almost 2 month from the iPhone 6S announcement, let the parts leak!
 

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Does anyone outside U.S. have unlimited data plans anyway to find benefit in this? I blow through 5 GB data per week according to my local Sprint guy. I really don't pay much attention with my unlimited data.
Heck, does anyone inside the U.S. have carriers that even support this speed if they have unlimited data plans?
 
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elmateo487

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So, a new LTE chip that will benefit no one in the US because the carriers won't support that speed?

I guess Apple is back to throwing up the middle finger to the "S" upgrade cycle. Unshocking, though -- the 5S has really been the only S series phone worth owning.
You know so much about the 6s I am so surprised.
 

Creek0512

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You might not see much improvement in speed when the 6S launches in September, but by 2017 when you are still using the same phone on a continuously upgraded network...
 

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Does anyone outside U.S. have unlimited data plans anyway to find benefit in this? I blow through 5 GB data per week according to my local Sprint guy. I really don't pay much attention with my current plan.
Heck, does anyone inside the U.S. have carriers that even support this speed if they have unlimited data plans?
I do. I wish they'd let you do updates and restores via data. It's so annoying being tide to Wi-Fi at times.
 
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So, a new LTE chip that will benefit no one in the US because the carriers won't support that speed?

I guess Apple is back to throwing up the middle finger to the "S" upgrade cycle. Unshocking, though -- the 5S has really been the only S series phone worth owning.
I don't know... I'd probably say the 5S was the least impressive S model. Both 3GS and 4S sported a vastily improved SoC more so than 5 > 5S iirc the 4S camera was quite a bit better, was the first dual core and had SIRI. 5S had touch ID, but everything else was kind of incremental.