All iPhone 15 series use Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 5G modem
Within the analytical teardown report by iFixit, it’s substantiated that Apple’s newly launched iPhone 15 series ubiquitously employs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 5G modem, ensuring a uniform performance in connectivity. Contrary to the variances seen in its processors, Apple opted for a consistent design in this domain.
In fact, the precedent iPhone 14 series embraced the Snapdragon X65 5G modem across all its variants, thereby maintaining a cohesive 5G connectivity standard.
This transition to the Snapdragon X70 5G modem intimates that the iPhone 15 series will witness a 24% uptick in 5G download speeds compared to its predecessor. However, actual performance metrics remain contingent upon the 5G services rendered by varying telecom providers and the specificities of their respective base stations. Notably, juxtaposed with the Snapdragon X65, Qualcomm’s innovations in the Snapdragon X70 primarily pivot around diminishing power consumption. Additionally, there’s a marked enhancement in 5G carrier aggregation, ensuring that devices retain robust signal reception even when distanced from base stations.
Currently, the symbiotic relationship between Apple and Qualcomm is cemented with a renewed supply agreement for 5G modems, signifying Apple’s commitment to Qualcomm’s offerings until 2026. This also underscores the challenges Apple encountered in its preliminary endeavors to craft its proprietary 5G modem.