If the rumor mill is correct then Apple is going to unveil the new iPhone models next month. We have already seen countless rumors and leaks about the upcoming smartphones. Just like last year the company is expected to show off two new models and both are believed to have larger displays this time around. A new rumor floating today, accompanied by a leaked image, seems to hint at the possibility of iPhone 6 having LTE-Advanced support.
The rumor comes out of China and the image shows iPhone 6’s supposed logic board with Qualcomm’s MDM9625 LTE modem. It would offer significant performance improvements over the Qualcomm MDM9615 networking chip that’s currently found in the iPhone 5s. Since its built using a 28nm process it happens to be more durable and tends to run at lower temperatures during heavy usage.
Theoretically the chip would enable iPhone 6 to handle speeds of up to 150Mbps since it supports Cat. 4 LTE. While LTE-Advanced support will surely future-proof the device it wouldn’t have much weight in the U.S. where no carriers has switched on a LTE-Advanced network. These networks are only live in a handful of markets which is why companies like Samsung and LG have released specific variants of their flagships destined particularly for those countries.
So one could argue Apple’s intention of including this chip wouldn’t really have an impact on user experience at least for a year in countries like the U.S. Which is why we must take this with a grain of salt right now.
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