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Thanks to a Qualcomm chip, uploads speeds could double.

By Kia Kokalitcheva
July 1, 2015

Apple’s next iPhone could provide faster Internet speeds for users thanks to a new chip.

According to 9to5Mac, which has obtained what it claims to be photos of the next iPhone, the device will sport Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, also known as the “9X35” Gobi modem platform. That’s instead of the “9X25” used by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Qualcomm introduced the 9X35 chip in 2013, but due to long lead times in phone production, it didn’t make it into last year’s iPhone.

The chip’s biggest upside is that it can deliver up to twice the theoretical LTE speeds, though exact results will depend on the user’s carrier. As 9to5Mac notes, the chip can deliver up to 300 Mbps download speeds, doubling the 150 Mbps of the current iPhone model. However, the new chip delivers the same 50 Mbps upload speed as the old one.

The chip is also more power efficient and compact, though the upcoming iPhone won’t be any slimmer, according to new images of the phone’s body.

In any case, the next iPhone can be expected to be more power efficient thanks to the energy-saving features Apple has included in the new version of its operating system, iOS 9.

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