Other iPhone XS/XS Max signal Poll

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by twennywonn, Sep 24, 2018.

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Does your iPhone XS/XS Max have worse cell signal than your prior phone on the same carrier?

  1. Yes the signal is worse

    48.2%
  2. No the signal is the same or better

    51.8%
  1. twennywonn macrumors regular

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    I know there is a large thread about this already but the issue is pretty polarizing with some people definitely having issues and some definitely not having issues and I'm curious to poll everyone.
     
  2. archvile macrumors 6502

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    The results right now are literally 50/50, so it’s definitely polarizing. FWIW my AT&T XS Max has been the same if not better, no issues. Wonder if it is something specifically related to the CDMA carriers.
     
  3. twennywonn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, my theory that if you had an Intel modem last year then this year is the same or better. If you purchased from a CDMA carrier or Best Buy last year you would have had a Qualcomm modem. My concern is there isn't anything wrong with the phone just that it performs worse in fringe areas compared to Qualcomm based iPhones. My goal is to draw attention away from OPs thread but I think the poll will be interesting.
     
  4. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    My ATT Max is struggling in low reception areas terribly. It's definitely not just a CDMA thing.
     
  5. airjay75 macrumors regular

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    No issues here. Upgraded from an Intel iPhone 7 (which many people on this forum told me I was supposed to have all sorts of problems with but never did) to an iPhone Xs. Both on AT&T.
     
  6. Omartinezvar macrumors newbie

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    I’m with Verizon and haven’t had any problem with my signal, I never have over two bars at home, and it works pretty good without WiFi
     
  7. Buckeye2009 macrumors member

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  8. Omartinezvar macrumors newbie

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    Verizon LTE with two bars of signal - Xfinity Comcast


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  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    AT&T XS is worse than 8 Plus. Really noticed it on campus for the first time today. Where I would normally get 3-4 bars, was now 1-2 today. Even zero bars for a few moments.
     
  10. OTACORB macrumors 68000

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    I think this poll validates what some of us has been saying. This issue is not inherent to every phone. YES there are some with phones that have reception issues rather Wifi or Cellular. However, not all of them have the issue.
     
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  12. Evomasta macrumors member

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    I get the same amount of bars vs my 7plus but I am getting 50mbps+ more on my download and 15mbps+ more on the upload
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  13. rjjacobson, Sep 24, 2018
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    rjjacobson macrumors 6502a

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    With AT&T on a Xs. Getting same to a bit better than my X of past year

    UPDATE: I am starting to have problems with my
    WIFI failing both 2.4 and 5 ghz when i am out side still works in house and bars look same but fluctuate a lot so outside WIFI is worse.
    Since I also have only 1 sometimes two cell bars those seem to be worse today but not earlier this weekend so I guess I am joining the 40% with issues interesting changes hmm. In strong cell areas 3-4 i am still getting better results
    Sent from my iPad

     
  14. jiangning macrumors member

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    I'm on AT&T. Always had Qualcomm version (i.e. Verizon) in the past. Both signal and WiFi connectivity are noticeably better.
     
  15. femike macrumors 6502

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    I have reduced cell reception on the iPhone 6S.
     
  16. callea macrumors regular

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    iPhone Max has better signal than previous iPhones here in Italy with TIM.
     
  17. BiggAW macrumors 68030

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    That's pretty logical, considering that Intel modems might have gotten slightly better, but still aren't at the level Qualcomm is at, combined with generally weaker RF performance for the Xs/Xs Max aside from the modem, making AT&T and T-Mobile models about the same, and Sprint and Verizon models noticeably worse. To further complicate matters, in 600mhz markets, even with worse RF performance, the new iPhones should get better T-Mobile service since they have B71, but still won't match the Galaxy S9 series that has B71, a Qualcomm radio, and a better RF chain.

    It's highly unlikely that there is that much variability in performance between phones. I think what you're seeing is some people are mostly in areas with strong signals, so they can't really discern the performance of the phone, while others go in and out of weak or dead spots all the time, and even a small difference is night and day to them. The ones who are usually in strong signal areas will be in for a rude awakening when they travel and go in and out of dead zones, and lose fringe reception as a result, especially those on Verizon who are used to Qualcomm-based devices.

    Also, I'm surprised no one has posted the link yet:

    https://www.wiwavelength.com/2018/09/iphone-xs-and-xs-max-mostly-fail-to.html
     
  18. rjjacobson, Sep 25, 2018
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    rjjacobson macrumors 6502a

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    For me Space Gray AT&T 256 GB Xs (X ready to trade in same config) I am finding slightly better and I find that the more business (downtown, mall, interstate) areas are all near 5 bars, near my home on my side of town/rural away from cells you find on major highways it is always weak with AT&T --1-2 bars -- (Verizon has better coverage near house and rural wise in Illinois but I am still on my old unlimited data plan with AT&T and not ready for the high rates of "new" unlimited plans like Verizon ;-). Anyway I am noticing as good if not slightly better even in these weak areas including my home. Now I also have a good WiFi setup at home so that is how I deal with getting data on my various iPhones with AT&T. I think that my X was as you surmised with AT&T it was a intel modem, and of course now the Xs is same but it is improved slightly in my own experience

    Interesting poll that nearly 60% ok and about 40% plus having issues I think you may have hit the nail on the head for those who had Qualcomm in their older phones including X.

    UPDATE: I am starting to have problems with my
    WIFI failing both 2.4 and 5 ghz when i am out side still works in house and bars look same but fluctuate a lot so outside WIFI is worse.
    Since I also have only 1 sometimes two cell bars those seem to be worse today but not earlier this weekend so I guess I am joining the 40% with issues interesting changes hmm. In strong cell areas 3-4 i am still getting better results
    Sent from my iPad
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    My MAX on AT&T has been as good as my X.

    Not a single dropped call.
     
  20. ant the ninja macrumors 6502

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    My XS was perfect on Verizon LTE, way faster speeds than my X ever had at my home. I bought a second XS to test out the screen since mine was wonky, it activated on the new phone. I am returning the second phone and going back to my original XS and called Verizon to reactivate it and my LTE speeds are now abysmal. Was getting around 60-80mbps at my home now between 5-20. Not sure what happend. I reset network settings, i restored the phone, popped the sim in and out, nothing will fix it.
     
  21. Chacocliff macrumors 6502

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    I saw on the iOS 12.1 thread that it updates the Modem Firmware and the Carrier Update for AT&T. Has anyone on a Xs/Max updated to the beta and seen better wireless or cell service?
     
  22. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    XS Max, no difference compared to my Qualcomm X on T-Mobile.
     
  23. Shadowbech macrumors 601

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    I'm currently on Verizon, and I selected the "No the signals the same or better" as I get full bars at my house on my X and I get full bars with my XS Max. No issues here.
     
  24. redpandadev macrumors regular

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    Service at my house is in a fringe area for ALL carriers.

    My story starts with going from the 6s to the 7 (on AT&T). The 7 had notably worse signal than the 6s. After some time arguing with Apple, I eventually purchased a SIM free (Qualcomm) model, which resolved my issue completely. The Qualcomm model held 3 bars in the same location the Intel model showed “no service.” - it was literally that big of a difference.

    For the X, I never even bothered with an Intel version - went straight for the Qualcomm. No issue at all, and service was better than my 7. My in laws however, not knowing better, both have Intel X - when they come over they have no service on the same network that my Qualcomm X gets 3-4 bars. I recently switched to T-mobile, which has not affected the performance either way on my Qualcomm X.

    I now have a Xs on t-mobile, which of course is Intel. Although better than the Intel X (it gets 1 bar), it is far worse than the Qualcomm X (3-4 bars).

    At the end of the day I use WiFi calling at home and my service quality at home doesn’t really matter. I can also report that in areas with good service, the modem doesn’t seem to matter much if at all, and the Xs achieves much faster speeds over LTE than either version of the X.

    I get the idea this is something that can be improved, if not totally resolved with improvements to the software. Remember that yes, there are hardware differences, but The Qualcomm software is also much more mature (10 generations, since iPhone 1 vs 3 generations, since iPhone 7)
     
  25. madKIR macrumors 6502a

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    Similar experience: I had an 8 Plus and an X, both Intel. I switched to an X with Qualcomm later and can share the exact same experience that you had by going from the Intel modem to the Qualcomm one. However, this time around it looks like it's the antenna design to blame. It has been posted many times based on the Apple technical documents shared and some other findings. In this case you can't really fix/improve it with software. It's just not a good design. Only Apple knows why they've decided to change the antenna design of the X.
     

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