Apple’s expected iPhone 6 may include faster LTE connectivity than its predecessors — but not as fast as an earlier report had mentioned. A Weibo post from Chinese Apple repair company Geekbar says the iPhone 6 will be built along with Qualcomm’s Category 4 LTE MDM9625 modem, a model that dates back to 2012, as noted by G for Games. The MDM9625 is no slouch, providing speeds of up to 150 megabits per second and support for LTE Advanced.
Available across South Korea, LTE-A is a faster form of LTE that has yet to completely roll out to the rest of the world but holds offer once it does expand its horizons. A June report from VentureBeat mentioned sources who said that the iPhone 6 would adopt a Category 6 LTE modem capable of reaching maximum speeds of nearly 300Mbps. A couple of Android phones already are equipped with Category 6 LTE modems, like Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, as mentioned by G for Games.
Remember, however, that LTE modems can only move data as fast the mobile carrier’s network facilitates. Speeds of 150Mbps and 300Mbps are the maximum figures possible through the Cat 4 and Cat 6 modems, respectively. The average transfer speeds you will see on your own carrier are significantly less. A latest story from CNET’s Lynn La says the average upload and download speeds clocked at the 4 key US carriers. For example, AT&T’s average 4G LTE data transfer speed came in at 40.5Mbps, while Verizon’s was tracked at 32.94Mbps.