iPhone has supported 5G connectivity since the iPhone 12 in 2020, and Apple continues to improve this capability. New data shows that the iPhone 15 Pro, which arrives next week, will have significant improvements in 5G performance thanks to Qualcomm's new modem.
Report provided by SpeedSmart, which contains data from speed tests conducted on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon using the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The report shows that these devices use a Qualcomm X70 modem, which offers three major improvements:
- “Significant reduction in power consumption”
- “ The best 5G carrier aggregation capabilities.”
- “Better connectivity when your iPhone is further away from a cell tower.”
With these benefits in mind, speed test data shows that iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max delivers 24% faster 5G speeds compared to the iPhone 14 Pro lineup. Verizon users will see the biggest improvements, followed by T-Mobile and AT&T.
Improvements mainly consist of faster download speeds, although there are “minor improvements” as well; in download speeds and ping time improvements.
All three major networks in the US showed significant increases in download speeds, with the small bumps in download speeds we expected. The average download speed of 255 Mbps over 5G is very impressive.
Verizon saw the biggest gains, with new phones being 24% faster, while T-Mobile came in a close second at 22% faster, but with speed of 300 Mbps. average download speed in the country. AT&T's average download speed was 14.6% faster. This is very impressive: all three networks have an average speed of over 200 Mbps on 5G network across the country.
The Qualcomm X70 modem is also used in some of the flagship Android smartphones in the market. . Notably, Apple is also in the process of developing its own 5G modems, but this is expected to be a few years away. Just this week, Qualcomm announced that Apple will continue to use Qualcomm 5G modems for iPhones until at least 2026.
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