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.
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.
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 WiFiThe 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.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)