Apple to Limit Qualcomm’s Next-Gen 5G Modem to iPhone 16 Pro

What you should know

– The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max/Ultra will be equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 5G modem.
– The Snapdragon X75 5G modem will provide faster and more power-efficient 5G to iPhone 16 Pro users, reducing battery usage by 20%.
– The Snapdragon X75 5G modem uses carrier aggregation to increase data speeds and capacity, and takes up 25% less room on the iPhone’s circuit board compared to its predecessor.
Apple has signed a deal with Qualcomm to supply it with 5G modem chips for the iPhone models until 2026.

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Now that a month has passed since the introduction of the iPhone 15 series, it’s time to turn our attention to the iPhone 16 line. According to analyst Jeff Pu, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max/Ultra, set to release in 2024, will come equipped with Qualcomm’s latest and most advanced mobile 5G modem. If you’re planning on purchasing an iPhone 16 Pro model, this is definitely good news for you.

The next-generation Snapdragon X75 5G modem will provide faster and more power-efficient 5G connectivity for iPhone 16 Pro users. This chip will offer both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G coverage using one transceiver, resulting in a 20% reduction in battery usage. Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon X75 in February, and it boasts carrier aggregation technology, improving data speeds and capacity. Additionally, it takes up 25% less space on the iPhone’s circuit board compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon X70.

In a departure from previous iPhone generations, it is believed that only the newest iPhone Pro models will be equipped with the Snapdragon X75 5G modem chip. The non-Pro models, iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, will continue to use the Snapdragon X70 5G modem chip. This aligns with Apple’s strategy of equipping its high-end devices with the latest and most advanced technologies.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 5G modem chip will support 5G Advanced, the next generation of 5G connectivity that is an “evolution towards 6G.” Similar to how Apple labeled the iPhone 6s series as “LTE Advanced” back in 2015, it is likely that the 2024 iPhone 16 Pro line will also be marketed as “5G Advanced.” Interestingly, Apple recently struck a deal with Qualcomm that will keep the tech giant supplied with Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips until 2026. Although Apple has been working on its own 5G modem chips, it seems that Qualcomm will remain a key partner for Apple in the 5G era.

So, if you’re eagerly awaiting the next iPhone Pro models, you can be sure that the inclusion of the Snapdragon X75 5G modem will bring faster, more efficient, and advanced 5G connectivity to your device. Stay tuned for more updates on the iPhone 16 Pro series as we approach their anticipated release date in 2024.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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