When Apple finally came to terms with its homicide fight with Qualcomm last April, we said that most likely this year's iPhone project was already closed and that we will still see Intel 4G (LTE) modems on them. No sooner said than done.
THE PCMag confirmed by its own analyzes that the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max in fact they are still equipped with modems supplied by Intel which, by the way, are now sort of "from Apple itself" (hehe).
It was even possible to come to this conclusion by seeing that the "zone" of 4G bands / frequencies in this year's models remains about the same as last year. We know Qualcomm has modems that support a wider range of them, so we are only waiting for 2020 to see if this scenario will improve for us.
On the other hand, still talking about 2020, it is very likely that Apple will again adopt Qualcomm modems precisely to enable the inclusion of the 5G technology next year's iPhones. So it may even be that 4G's band / frequency coverage improves, but all this compatibility novel here and there should start from scratch again, thinking about 5G.
Apple doesn't reveal these details on the iPhones tech specs pages, but the PCMag believes that Intel's modem used in this year's handsets is the XMM 7660. This is a latest generation modem with Gigabit LTE support and up to 20% more performance than last year's initial practice tests have already seen gains in the US. 13%.
Finally, it is worth noting that the iPhone 11 maintains a 2 × 2 MIMO antenna like its predecessor (XR), while Pro models (successors of XS and XS Max) have a 4 × 4 MIMO ie theoretically achieve higher data transfer speeds.
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