Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s latest and fastest 5G modem in its 2020 iPhones, according to a new report.
The report comes out of Nikki Asian Review and claims that all three of next year’s iPhones will come with a new 5G Qualcomm chip called the X55. The phones, a 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch model, will have the super fast chip.
All three of the new iPhones will carry the most advanced 5G modem chip, known as X55 that is designed by U.S. mobile chip developer Qualcomm, four people familiar with the plan told Nikkei. The chip, which enables much faster downloads, faces such an increase in demand that there could be supply constraints, one person added.
If the report is accurate, then Apple will be getting the best of the best in its 2020 iPhones. The X55 chip is capable of transfer speeds of 7Gbps download and 3Gbps upload, which is certainly quick. Those numbers are in a lab, of course, so don’t expect such speeds when you’re downloading app updates in hour local neighborhood.
Perhaps of most interest to Apple is the fact that the new chip is said to be more power efficient than the model that came before it. Apple has been able to extend the battery life of its 2019 iPhones compared top those from 2018 – it won’t want to undo all of that work by using a power hungry 5G chip.