Apple’s new iPhone 14 Pro lineup features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem for faster 5G speeds and longer battery life. This modem also brings improved mmWave support for U.S. iPhone 14 Pro models.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 was released last year and brings support for a wider 200 MHz carrier bandwidth in the mmWave spectrum. It also features power-saving technologies such as PowerSave 2.0, and can support theoretical speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second.
iPhone 14 Pro should have faster and more efficient 5G performance
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem was found in a teardown video on YouTube, spotted by MacRumors. The teardown only shows the modem inside the iPhone 14 Pro, so it is unclear whether the iPhone 14 models also feature this same modem.
Combined with the A16 Bionic chip, the X65 modem will contribute to longer battery life on iPhone 14 Pro models. Apple’s marketing material has shown that iPhone 14 Pro models have 1 hour longer battery life compared to their predecessors, while real-world testing has shown that the iPhone 14 Pro Max actually lasts 2 hours more than its predecessor, with the new always-on display enabled.
It is important to note that this is not Qualcomm’s latest 5G modem. The newest modem is X70, which was announced in May 2022. It features AI technology for increased performance, superior power efficiency, PowerSave 3.0, uplink carrier aggregation, standalone mmWave, and 4X sub-6 carrier aggregation.
Apple is working on its own 5G modems which are expected to be included in iPhone models starting from 2024, as per the latest rumors.
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