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Apple’s next iPhone should double LTE download speeds from a theoretical maximum of 150Mbps on the present-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus up to 300Mbps on the next-generation ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus,’ according to a purported logic board leaked by 9to5Mac.

A photo of the alleged ‘iPhone 6s’ logic board shows a chip identified as the MDM9635M module from Qualcomm, part of its ‘Gobi’ modem platform.

Compared to Qualcomm’s MDM9625M module found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new chip doubles LTE download speeds while operating more efficiently than its predecessor. It has, however, the same 50Mbps upload speed limit as its counterpart powering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

It’s worth mentioning that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted back in January 2015 that 2015 iPhones would be outfitted with the Qualcomm MDM9635M baseband chip, though this is the first time we saw solid evidence of it.

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The MDM9635M was unveiled in November of 2013.

According to Qualcomm, the chipset uses a 20-nanometer process technology which results in lower power consumption and a smaller overall package. In comparison, the LTE Category 4 Qualcomm module inside the current iPhones uses the 28-nanometer process.

The MDM9635M enables high-resolution video streaming and ultra high-speed download speeds and supports LTE Advanced carrier aggregation for both LTE TDD and FDD Category 6, along with dual carrier HSUPA and dual band multi-carrier HSPA+.

“The LTE Cat 6 device is designed to provide consumers with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and more efficient power consumption,” according to Qualcomm.

The modem is backwards compatible with major cellular technologies including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA.

The Gobi 9×35 modem also powers the Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A in South Korea, which files as the world’s first commercially available LTE-Advanced Cat 6 smartphone.

Some carriers have already achieved 300Mbps cellular download speeds, which is equal to Category 6 LTE. That being said, your wireless provider will need to roll out support for 300Mbps LTE-Advanced with carrier aggregation before you’ll be able to surf the web twice as fast on 2015 iPhones and iPads.

Still, it’s a nice feeling knowing that your next iPhone will be ready for the future and one step ahead of your wireless provider.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Anthony Lara

    I honestly don’t care for any speed improvements the 6 is already really snappy. I just want modern battery technology because the iPhone 6 battery is laughable at best.

    • filter351

      Right, Apple keeps making these phones thinner and thinner. Hell the camera lens is protruding on 6 and 6 plus. I wish my 6 plus was twice the thickness and all that extra room was battery. Then I would be happy.

      • Buck

        We all say that stuff, but I don’t think we realize the weight and handling implications of just making it “that much heavier” with more battery

      • It can weigh as much as it needs to have greater battery life. Not everyone will like it but you can;t please everyone either. A better battery is the most wanted feature.

      • Buck

        My point is that you have to trust the designers of the device to test and come up with the right balance in terms of size, weight handling, etc. The topic is not as simple as “make it thicker and add battery”

      • The designers and engineers have to give the majority of customer what they need and want too. Fortunately it is that simple.

      • Buck

        Lol. Are you under the impression iPhones aren’t selling well?

        Sold 62 million last *quarter* alone. Not sure they need our “advice” here on giving people “what they want”

      • Well of course, I know it a huge seller but it’d certainly sell a heck of a lot more if it had better battery life. That’s a fact I’m sure you can agree with..

      • Buck

        I don’t agree at all actually. You can’t just “make something with more battery life” without changing other elements of it. Those changes could very likely change sales. It’s not nearly as simple as some want to make it.

      • You’re not understanding me. They could have kept the devices just as thick as the previous generations to make room for the bigger battery. Quite simple to design it thinner on the “drawing board”.

      • Buck

        They are changing things internally each generation – Hardware, structure, exact components, component locations… Again, it’s not just “keep the old and add battery” – Just not how this works

        Also – The phone business is not a vacuum. They’ve decided they want to be competitive (and at times leaders) in things like device thinness.

        We need to stop pretending that we somehow know more about this and/or are better at designing phones people want…..than the company selling 60 million in a quarter of a year.

      • Except they don’t because people complain every year about the worst battery life of all flagship devices… Maybe your not a tech person and that’s why you don’t understand what I’m saying. The same way they design it for the new internals is the same as them designing it to obtain a bigger battery. A battery is an internal part and you just described it yourself. They are not always right and go back on their word sometimes too. The best example of that is the bigger screen we have today. You see how Since the phone got bigger they designed the internals to get a not only a bigger screen but a bigger battery too… I hope it makes sense now.. People love iPhone’s because of the quality of and the OS, not the battery life.

      • Buck

        Jay, Maybe you should start your own phone company?

        Apple does a great job for the priorities they are interested in and millions upon millions continue to purchase and love the devices.

        They know what they are doing.

        Since you’re a tech person, maybe you aren’t familiar with the business aspects, which they have mastered.


      • I never said they aren’t doing a job Buck. I’ve had an iPhone since the 3G and will probably never switch to android. I’m just saying that they can easily design it to have a bigger battery. I’m in school for engineering so its not that hard believe me.. Their problem is that they are more focused on thinnovation right now. Nothing wrong with that but consumers would love it even more if their iPhones had better battery life.

      • Buck

        Apple prioritizes differently than you. The sales numbers show it’s working just fine for them. (REALLY well in fact).

        They *could* design it with a larger battery and have chosen not to. There are a myriad of reasons why that could be. It’s more than an engineering thing.

        You do realize they have thought of this, right?

        The “make more battery life” isn’t exactly some revolutionary concept Apple has never heard of.

        Again…please, lets move on – This topic has been beaten to death.

      • No it hasn’t, and there sales don’t matter. All of their customers want better battery life, they just don’t care its that simple. You can run along its fine…

      • Buck

        Their sales “don’t matter”?

        That is a ridiculous statement. You know better than that.

        Also…Where is your data showing that “all their customers want more battery life”?

      • It doesn’t matter in this situation of course. Reason I say that is because people love iPhones they choose to overlook the poor battery life. My data? do a google search on iPhone battery life and I bet you wont find a single post calling it amazing. You’ll find a million giving you tips to make it better. Sure the phones sale, all I’m saying everyone wants better battery life and I still can’t see how don’t understand that.

      • Buck

        Jay, the solution for you is simple. Vote with your wallet and stop buying iPhones.

        You’re on your own. I love my iPhones and I never have any issues with the battery life. They get through a whole day no problem for me.

        I also love the designs.

        If you are this passionate about dislike for something as important to you as battery life, you really should just buy a different phone.

      • Voting won’t help, I just suck it up and deal with it. I’m not complaining only stating what people want more than a thin device. Its okay if you don’t agree.

      • Buck

        Good to hear. Let’s agree to disagree. Cheers

    • Shingo

      i want battery lasted for a week ! why dont just they do solar panel for iphone?

      • Fanboy 

        A week? Solar panels? That’s so 2014, I want mine to last forever on 1 charge! Why doesn’t Apple just use the miniautre Arc Reactor they’re holding back from us!

      • Oscar

        I think the logical thing to achieve here is faster charging time perhaps. Of course battery always gets marginally better with every phone but if we could cut the charging time in half, ie: 40 minutes to 80% and 60 minutes to a full charge, that would be awesome!

      • burge

        But the slower you charge a battery the longer it lasts before it needs charging again.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary


      • Saar

        Thanks you kind sir, I just had a good laugh 🙂

      • Chindavon

        Because MOST of the time it’s in your pocket/Purse.

      • Rowan09

        Makes no sense on a phone unless you’re planning to leave you phone out in the sun. Even with a 5000 mAh battery you still won’t get a week and the phone will be extremely heavy. IOS 9 should help extend battery life, including a new processor, etc. Battery capacity is only a small part of having great battery life.

    • 5723alex .

      My iPhone 6 battery holds 2 full days with excessive usage.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Please give us your recipe for usage because I came close to begging my iPhone 6 to just make it through the day, with moderate usage and with settings even more conservative than the equivalent to iOS 9’s Low Power Mode.

      • 5723alex .

        I don’t allow any push mail, no auto updates, no facebook..
        I listen to music, use excessive browsing, reading , some youtube music videos, use gamil reading/answering, take a lot of photos… I wear Pebble smartwatch so I don’t have to pull my iPhone for notifications, mail… I can control music from the smartwatch, run GPS on my Pebble…

      • White Michael Jackson


      • 5723alex .

        Not only that, but I wear a Pebble smartwatch with 2 apps running on the iPhone 6 all the time, using both BT+BTLE and GPS 24/7.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • DevXav

      For now the only solution I see is using a powerhouse case to recharge the phone, but still i think that sucks and Apple could really improve iPhone battery life instead of being so addicted on making it thinner and thinner..

  • Whohoo finally some leaked parts.

  • lemonhead

    Seriously is there any carrier on the freaking world, who supports speeds up to 300?

    Hell I think 20-50 is already fast

    • Buck

      Agree – Totally unneeded unless it’s simply more power efficient (battery life)

    • The carriers need it to drain our pockets more,

    • 9to5Slavery

      30 is slow on T-Mobile. 40-60 is okay. I can tell the difference.

  • Sohail Wahab

    Uuh! Look at those ugly antennas, they’re still there.

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Those antennas don’t look ugly to me at all.

  • singhay559

    What’s the point of having this speed if you cant even download large files natively. Plus t doubt if any carrier will allow that much dl speed. It will hog up their bandwidths. And their already stingy as we know.

    • iPhoneWINS

      exactly.. its the more speed gimmick..

    • nonchalont

      Exactly, already my phone doesn’t do 150mbs. Always around 3-10mbs if I’m lucky.

      • singhay559

        I think they will come out with a option that allows you to combine wifi data dl and mobile together. Samsung has this option alrdy.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Stingy is an understatement, they’re the absolute cheapest of the cheap. The worst kind of cheap!

  • iPhoneWINS

    i will be skipping this

  • James G

    We don’t yet need faster cellular connection devices (in the US at least), we need faster cellular signals from providers.

    T-Mobile is fast, I’ve seen speeds around 75Mbps, but a phone that can do 300Mbps is only limited by what the carrier can do.

    Come on T-Mobile! Give us the speed.

    • 9to5Slavery

      .. And take away unlimited.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I went from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 6 back in September and frankly I did not notice that phenomenal huge increase speed in WiFi and cellular data connections. My carrier does support 4G (doesn’t say LTE in status bar), yet I hardly believe any carrier in the world even supports anything close to what the iPhones 6/6Plus’s network chip is able to support (which is up to 150Mbps) and now with this? This is becoming more and more of a marketing gimmick as some here already said. At this point I’m certain a large number of us are growing weary of all the “4X faster than last generation’s model”-spiel. At this point, carriers can barely take advantage of the current network chip technology (even last gen’s) let alone take advantage of future releases, Apple is way way ahead in that realm so better focus elsewhere such as battery tech would be great. I want to see a push in battery hardware technology, more power efficient chips (seriously, because what we have now is not as power-efficient as Apple makes them out to be). Innovation in battery technology where it’ll only take 1h30mins to charge from 0–100%, battery that under moderate use will give you 14hrs of actual USAGE time (screen-on usage time) under a single charge. Also, instead of the 500 charge cycles before your battery is no good, double that, make it like the Mac at 1000 charge cycles or something close to that (Mac batteries on the other hand are just brilliant! I’m on my 4th year on this swapped MBP battery and it still has 91% of its original capacity according to the ‘coconutBattery’ utility). That’s something that’ll really be extremely noteworthy because we all want to be able to use our devices longer without being glued to the wall every few hours. Let’s see what happens.

    • Chris

      In Australia, Telstra, who I’m with; have started rolling out a 4GX (700MHz) network which I’ve personally achieved 132Mbps on my iPhone 6. Compare that to my old 5S and the difference is around 30-50Mbps faster.

      However we still can’t enjoy these speeds because we still have data caps.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        But aren’t the data caps supposed to be network carriers’ pretext to deliver better network speeds because users aren’t hammering their cell-towers? So much for that, now we have data caps, poor to mediocre speeds at best, and the ever-so-frequent “No Service” indicator on the status bar wherever you maybe in the city (even if cellular data is disabled).

  • Guy

    These days speed are only truly limited by ISP or Carriers. Still glad to tech is moving forward.

  • johnsm

    our carriers can barely reach 15mpbs and they advertise 300mbps? also why not use rf360 which is truly universal 2,3,4g in all frequencies