Apple iPhone 15 Pro reportedly boasts up to 24% faster 5G speeds

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iPhones have been compatible with 5G since the iPhone 12 series was released in 2020. Since then, Apple has been steadily improving the iPhone’s 5G performance. Now, it’s been reported that the iPhone 15 Pro’s 5G modem chip is up to 24% faster than the previous generation.

This report comes from SpeedSmart, an internet speed measurement tool. SpeedSmart tested the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max’s 5G communication speeds on major American carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The report reveals iPhone 15 Pro had faster 5G communication speeds on all three carriers, with download speeds improving significantly.

iPhone 15 Pro 5G Download Speed

Among all, Verizon’s network experienced the most significant improvement, with the iPhone 14 Pro averaging 195.83Mbps download speed and the iPhone 15 Pro reaching an average of 243.06Mbps. This is an improvement of 24% in download speed. 

On T-Mobile, the iPhone 15 Pro demonstrated 22% improvement with the fastest average 5G download speeds at 300.92Mbps. And on AT&T the download speeds are  14.6% faster averaging at 204.34Mbps. That said, upload speeds saw little change across all three major carriers.

The improved 5G performance is due to an upgraded modem in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models, as suggested by the SpeedSmart. Although Apple has not officially disclosed the modem in these devices, SpeedSmart suggests that the Pro models utilize Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 modem, which offers three main advantages:

  • Significantly lower power consumption
  • Better 5G carrier aggregation capabilities
  • Better connectivity when the iPhone is further away from a cell tower

With these benefits in tow, SpeedSmart’s tests show that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max offer up to 24% faster 5G speeds than the iPhone 14 Pro lineup.

While there are rumors of Apple developing its own in-house 5G modems, the company has extended its modem supply agreement with Qualcomm until 2026. This means that Apple may not introduce its own modem technology until a few more generations of iPhones.

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