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

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.

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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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16 months ago

"I'm very excited about the release of the iPhone 6S," said no one ever.


I'm very excited about the release of the iPhone 6S.
Rating: 40 Votes
16 months ago

The real good news is that the chip is more power efficient so we can expect some improvement in battery life.


Don't be silly. It means it'll be thinner!
Rating: 11 Votes
16 months ago

"I'm very excited about the release of the iPhone 6S," said no one ever.

I'm very excited about the release of the iPhone 6S
Rating: 11 Votes
16 months ago
Look at the size of that sim card slot. I can see why so many advocate for its dismissal in place of a UUID type system.
Rating: 10 Votes
16 months ago
I would like to see the camera jump flush with the case back.
Rating: 10 Votes
16 months ago
"I'm very excited about the release of the iPhone 6S," said no one ever.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago
An "S" version of an iPhone with upgraded internals and the same form factor.

I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago

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?


I am not getting this. You are not the first post to raise the point "useless without unlimited data plan." If I have 5 gig, then, um, I have 5 gig. What does the speed have to do with capacity? At least in my case, my usage habit is not affected by speed, it's affected by availability.

I currently have 15 gig plan to support the entire family. We never exceed our capacity. Why will a faster chip, all of a sudden, require an unlimited plan?
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
Hopefully it supports band 12.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
Useless in the U.S. for the most part with all these data caps and "unlimited" data plans.
Rating: 5 Votes

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