Apple recently announced its iPhone 15 series and now a new report has revealed that entire iPhone 15 lineup uses Qualcomm’s new X70 modem for improved 5G performance.
Shahram Mokhtari, the esteemed Lead Teardown Technician at iFixit, recently shared a series of photographs showcasing the iPhone 15 motherboard. Notably, these images unveiled a captivating detail – the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem. It is worth mentioning that this identical 5G modem is also employed in the iPhone 15 Pro model.
The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are equipped with the chipsets derived from the previous year’s iPhone 14 Pros, namely the Apple A16 Bionic. However, in the previous iteration, these chipsets were coupled with the older X65 modem. Presently, the vanilla models incorporate the A16 chip alongside the advanced X70 modem, while the Pros feature the upgraded A17 chip in conjunction with the X70 modem.
The recent benchmark tests conducted by SpeedSmart have revealed significant enhancements in 5G performance with Qualcomm’s X70 modem.
Based on the data, the iPhone 15 exhibits a remarkable 24% increase in 5G speeds compared to the iPhone 14 lineup. Notably, Verizon users who choose to upgrade to the iPhone 15 will experience the most substantial improvements, followed by T-Mobile and AT&T.
Furthermore, the X70 modem integrated into the iPhone 15 is expected to contribute to reduced power consumption, enhanced 5G carrier aggregation, and improved performance even in areas with limited proximity to cell towers.
A lot of people have asked whether the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are still using last years Qualcomm X65 modem or the new X70 seen in the 15 Pro’s.
Here’s your answer.
Apple didn’t just throw last years Pro logic boards into this years baseline models. They upgraded them too. pic.twitter.com/cPB6LJbaFG
— Shahram Mokhtari (@MokhtariShahram) October 8, 2023
It is worth mentioning that Qualcomm’s X70 modem is also utilized in numerous high-end Android smartphones. Additionally, Apple is currently in the process of developing its own in-house 5G modems; however, these are not anticipated to be available for several years. In a recent announcement, Qualcomm confirmed that Apple will continue to employ Qualcomm 5G modems for the iPhone until at least 2026.
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