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.

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