When the new iPhones were announced, Apple touted a bunch of new features and improvements that they were making to the phones. However they did not cover everything since it would take too much time, and one of those improvements they did not cover was improvements to LTE speeds.
According to a recent LTE speed test, it was found that Apple’s iPhone Xs and Xs Max showed tremendous speed improvements over its predecessor, the iPhone X. While the iPhone X was no slouch, it was found that the newer iPhones have shown an average speed increase of over 200% in terms of downloads across all the major carriers in the US, with AT&T seemingly taking the lead, followed by Verizon, and then T-Mobile (Sprint was not part of the tests).
As for upload speeds, there were some improvements but it was marginal at best and not on the same scale compared to the download speeds. According to AppleInsider, this is largely thanks to Apple’s use of new Gigabit-class LTE with 4×4 MIMO technology and LAA, versus the iPhone X which used two LCP FCPBs to power 2×2 MIMO.
The faster LTE speeds are no doubt welcome, but with 5G expected to become more common and available in 2019, we’re sure that many are hoping to see Apple start to include support for 5G in its future iPhones.