Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 13 series is expected to utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem and Samsung might be handling the manufacturing of the SoC, a s per reports. The Snapdragon X60 is developed on a 5nm process and packs greater energy efficiency into a smaller footprint when compared with the 7nm-based Snapdragon X55 modem that has been utilized in the iPhone 12 smartphones.
This will also aid in providing the iPhone 13 smartphone with longer battery life. Additionally, with all the X60 modem, the iPhone 13 apparatus is going to have the ability to aggregate 5G information from both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands concurrently to achieve an optimal balance of the high-speed and low-latency network coverage.
The mmWave is a set of 5G frequencies for ultra-fast speeds over short distances, which makes it best suited for compact urban locations. The sub-6GHz 5G on the other hand is slower than mmWave however, the signals travel farther making it more acceptable for suburban, rural areas.
The mmWave service on the iPhone 12 devices is limited to the US, but rumours indicate that iPhone 13 smartphone might encourage mmWAve in more countries. Apple and Qualcomm settled a legal battle in 2019 and reached an agreement on last-minute supply that has paved the way for Apple to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems.
According to a MacRumours, a court document from the payoff has shown that”Apple would probably use the X60 modem for 2021 iPhones, followed with the newly announced Snapdragon X65 modem in 2022 iPhones”.The Snapdragon X65 is the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem and antenna system for smartphones and it enables data speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. Real-world download rates are slower than this, surely.
Also, the X65 has other benefits also like enhanced power efficiency, improved coverage for both mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands, and also support for all global commercialised mmWave frequencies. Moving past Qualcomm, Apple is expected to start using its own in-house 5G modems to get iPhones in 2023.