Apple recently launched the iPhone 12 series along with the powerful A14 Bionic processor. These iPhones use the 5G modem from Qualcomm, these latest iPhones come equipped with a Snapdragon X55 modem. According to the latest report, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 13 series may use Qualcomm’s 5G baseband Snapdragon X60, and Samsung will be responsible for chip manufacturing.
The X60 uses a 5-nanometer process, compared with the 7-nanometer Snapdragon X55 used in the iPhone 12, the X60 can achieve a smaller size and lower power consumption, which helps to extend battery life. With the X60 baseband, the iPhone 13 series can also support both mmWave millimeter-wave and Sub-6Ghz (5G signals below the 6Ghz frequency band) to achieve a high-speed and low-latency network signals and further enhance the 5G network performance to a new level.
There are two types of 5G networks: mmWave millimeter-wave and sub-6GHz technology. mmWave millimeter wave is what most people talk about with faster and higher speed 5G technology. Its technical characteristics are short-distance and ultra-fast, which is most suitable for densely populated urban areas.
The current iPhone 12 models that support mmWave millimeter waves are limited to the United States, but there are rumors that iPhone 13 models may support mmWave millimeter waves in other countries.
In 2019, Apple settled a legal dispute with Qualcomm and reached a multi-year chipset supply agreement, paving the way for Apple to use Qualcomm’s 5G baseband. A court document in the settlement agreement shows that Apple may use the X60 modem on the iPhone in 2021, and then use the recently released Snapdragon X65 baseband on the iPhone in 2022.
The Snapdragon X60 is the world’s first 10Gbps 5G baseband, and its theoretical data transmission speed is up to 10Gbps. Although download and upload speeds in the real world will definitely be slower than this, X65 has many other benefits, including improved power efficiency, enhanced coverage of mmWave millimeter-wave and Sub-6GHz bands, and support for all global commercial mmWave millimeter-wave frequencies.