iPhone 6 will use new Qualcomm modem for 50% faster LTE

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The iPhone 6 will be able to chew threw data plans quicker than any other Apple smartphone, according to the newest leak from GeekBar, which claims the iPhone 6 will be capable of 150Mbps download speeds.

To achieve the 50% increase in data speeds from the iPhone 5s, Apple will use Qualcomm’s MDM9625 LTE modem that will boost speeds from 100Mbps to 150Mbps. The modem was announced all the way back in February 2012, so we already know a great deal about its capabilities. Like that it’s more durable than the MDM9615 modem used in the 5s, allowing for lower temperatures when under heavy performance.

We also know that the MDM9625 supports true LTE Category 4, but it does not support Category 6 which would have given it a 300Mbps throughput, like previous rumors suggested. Other devices like the Galaxy S5 LTE-A and the LG G3 support LTE Category 6, but Apple might be waiting to jump on the bandwagon until 2015 when the tech is more mature.

The Qualcomm MDM9625 leak comes from the same source of yesterday’s rumor that the iPhone 6 will be the first to get an NFC chip. They also botched a RAM/DRAM leak the same day, so all rumors should be taken with a large scoop of salt.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th. Along with faster LTE speeds, the device is rumored to feature an A8 processor, larger displays, improved camera, and an all new design.

  • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

    Never been a better time to have a grandfathered unlimited data plan. I’ll take it to my grave :)

    • Jim

      Until the evil carriers just say “sorry, no more grandfather plans, our policies have changed, here enjoy 2GB a month sir”. :-)

      • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

        I’ve had one since cingular, so ten years and counting isn’t a bad run :)

  • Johan Westerlund

    Does this supports Cat4?

  • IamJAd

    No, it won’t chew “threw” a data plan. It’ll just download the same data faster. If a webpage consists of 72 megs to fully load, having faster data doesn’t make the webpage any larger.

  • Totallymaxed

    I’m guessing that you meant ‘through’ in the first sentence ;-)

    • http://www.ifuknowmeualreadyhaveit.com LordQuad

      The grammar tech …necessary? Nah. Make ya that guy? Yep!
      I understood your meaning IamJAd, but it’s funny how assumptions of quicker speed, faster bandwidth, and LTE spec increases for wireless have brought this rumor on. In fact, I first noticed the significance while downloading an iTunes purchase. Four minute song and instead of 3, 2 …1—- it skips this process and immediately shows ‘processing’. DL speed increases aren’t indicative of using more bandwidth, albeit significantly more tempting! The.ability to watch HD YouTube video, Netflix without skips and buffering and downloading PDF docs, shooting, editing and sharing or uploading 1080p, stitched 25Mpxl shots, the list goes on, especially with gaming. If (I’m 43, married with kids) your single, or young without responsibility for ‘others’ activity on ‘your bill’ awesome! Enjoy your limited ‘plan’ …I mean days. Til u do marry. Decide to have kids. Open a business and provide comms for your crew. Shit changes fast and it’s a double edged sword. While IAmJAd is definitely correct a 79mb site is 79mb on Edge, dial up, gigabit or LTE A”++* …it’s size won’t change. What WILL is the speed of site loading. The ability to actually browse with a decent user experience and fluidity while doing so. Playing multi player games, manipulating and sharing or saving video to Dropbox all situations one may be tempted by the quicker speeds LTE offers vs even attempting a full length movie on Netflix with Edge

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