March 1, 2024

Apple is presently engaged in the development of its forthcoming iPhone 16 lineup. Now, technology analyst Jeff Pu has asserted that Qualcomm’s most recent cellular modem might only be available on the iPhone 16 Pro variants in the current year.

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In a research note issued today by Haitong International Securities, Pu reaffirmed his conviction that the iPhone 16 Pro variants will come equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X75 modem.

Nevertheless, he anticipates that the regular iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will continue to feature the Snapdragon X70 modem, which is currently present in all iPhone 15 models. This divergence in modem selection between the standard and Pro models would signify a shift in Apple’s strategy.

In February 2023, the Snapdragon X75 was unveiled, showcasing enhanced carrier aggregation and other technological advancements to deliver accelerated 5G download and upload speeds in comparison to the X70.

The modem’s integrated mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G transceiver occupies a reduced circuit board space of 25% and consumes up to 20% less power, as reported by The Verge.

The anticipated increase in screen size for the iPhone 16 Pro is projected to be from 6.1 inches to 6.3 inches, whereas the Pro Max variant will boast a 6.9-inch display, in contrast to the current generation’s 6.7-inch screen.

The Snapdragon X75 is also compatible with the most recent “5G Advanced” standard, characterized as “the subsequent stage of 5G” and a “progression towards 6G.”

5G Advanced will incorporate enhancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance 5G performance, and it will additionally broaden 5G to encompass more device types and use cases. Apple is expected to promote the support for 5G Advanced on the iPhone 16 Pro models, similar to its advertising of LTE Advanced on the iPhone 6s back in 2015.

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