Apple: a new leak reveals a surprise concerning the iPhone 15

Some leaks from Apple regarding the release of the iPhone 15 have already indicated that surprising updates will arrive in 2023. However, a brand new leak suggests that one of these updates may not see the light of day for several years. years.

In a note obtained by MacRumors, the analyst Jeff Pu from Haiton International Securities reveals that Apple’s first in-house 5G modem is unlikely to be ready for the iPhone 15 launch. Moreover, the analyst claims that it may even miss the iPhone 16 launch in 2024 .

This news comes as a surprise given that Apple acquired Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business for a billion dollars in July 2019, and that Intel’s modems were already used in smartphones around the world, including in the iPhone 11 line. Certainly, several tests showed that they were inferior to Qualcomm modems, but there was nothing to suggest that absence from the market for five years would be necessary to make them more competitive.

Also, the news is a blow to more iPhone fans. Apple has long demonstrated the advantages of narrow ICs in terms of performance and power efficiency over Qualcomm’s X line, which is also used by most Android rivals.

That said, it’s not all bad news. While Qualcomm’s early 5G modems were criticized for high power consumption, newer models have improved dramatically. David Altavillasenior associate at Forbesnotably described Qualcomm’s next X70 as a “revolution”.

At the heart of this revolution are standalone mmWave 5G technology (capable of reaching speeds of 8.3 gigabits per second), sub-6GHz carrier aggregation (providing speeds of up to 6.0 Gbps over more widely available 5G spectra) and “Smart Transmit 3.0” technology, a scalable system-level feature that improves power management.

Given the delays in Apple’s internal modems, the X70 is now essentially a lock for the iPhone 15, after the iPhone 12, 13 and 14 lines used the X55, X60 and X65 modems respectively.

Unlike its predecessor, the iPhone 15 line should feature a unified design using the Dynamic Island and replace the Lightning port with USB-C before the single USB port comes into force in the European Union in 2024 However, there are fears that prices will rise again.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Gordon Kelly

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