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Data collected from iPhone 15 Pro 5G speed tests shows users will see a noticeable increase downloads, but this is provided that you have good network coverage.
The Apple iPhone 15 line uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 model. Speed test results for just the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, compared to the two iPhone 14 Pro models, suggest that all three major networks in the US will deliver better download speeds and slightly better upload speeds for users.
In short, SpeedSmart says that “average download speeds of 255 Mbps over 5G are very impressive.” This, of course, depends on the carrier and the user's location. It is also unclear how different the antenna system in the new model is from the iPhone 14 Pro.
In our experience, 5G adoption is very slow. Most AppleInsiders don't see good 5G speeds despite being mostly in the suburbs of major population centers, and speeds remain terrible outside of major metropolitan areas.
The Federal Communications Commission says it has made auctioning high-speed spectrum freed up through various initiatives a priority, and the same has happened with spectrum available for use by carriers. However, projects like the 5G Fund for Rural America and other programs appear to have given operators no real incentive to deploy.
And, as the report says, “ping times, like download speeds, generally had minor performance spikes and did not vary between devices.”
“There's always next year for that…” the report concludes.
Announced just four days ago, Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem-RF smartphone systems will be provided to Apple for smartphone launches in 2024, 2025 and 2026. In theory, this would mean that Qualcomm modems will be used in the iPhone 18 lineup.