After launching its latest iPhone 15 series smartphones last month, the Cupertino-based tech giant is now working on next-generation iPhone 16 series. According to a new report, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will be equipped with Qualcomm’s latest cellular modem, providing faster and better 5G connectivity.
As per the technology analyst Jeff Pu, the Pro model in 2024 will be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X75 modem. However, the standard iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus to retain the Snapdragon X70 modem used for the entire iPhone 15 lineup.
“Apple has typically used the same Qualcomm modem across all models for each generation of iPhones, excluding the low-end iPhone SE, so this would be a change in strategy for the company,” said MacRumors.
According to the Verge, Qualcomm’s latest cellular modem Snapdragon X75 was announced in February 2023. It features improved carrier aggregation and other technology advancements for faster 5G download and upload speeds compared to the X70.
The modem’s combined mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G transceiver takes up 25 per cent less circuit board space, and uses up to 20 per cent less power, it said.
The Snapdragon X75 also supports the latest “5G Advanced” standard, which is described as the next phase of 5G”and an evolution towards 6G. 5G Advanced will include artificial intelligence and machine learning enhancements for improved 5G performance, and it will also expand 5G to additional types of devices and use cases.
As per reports the iPhone maker is likely to market the iPhone 16 Pro models as featuring 5G Advanced much like the iPhone 6s gained support for LTE Advanced in 2015.
The Cupertino-based is rumored to have been working on its own 5G modem for iPhones since 2018, but the project has reportedly faced development challenges, and the modem is not expected to be announced until 202. In the meantime, the Cupertino-based extended its 5G modem agreement with Qualcomm through 2026.