Last September, when Apple introduced the XS, XS Max and XR iPhones, many users reflected the lack of new features in these devices compared to the model presented in 2017. However, we know that as much as these devices have similar configurations, many specifications are improved (mainly in relation to performance).
Among these, performance on mobile connections (4G / LTE) it is certainly an important question when it comes to analyzing how the new iPhones perform when compared to other models. Fortunately, OpenSignal published research on this evolution in the gadgets from Apple (except iPhone 5, which was the first model to have support for this type of connection).
Surprisingly (or not), the research found that the XS and XS Max iPhones offer the first major improvement in download speed after several models with virtually “stagnant” performance. In this sense, the new devices (except the XR, as we will see below) are almost 26% faster than all iPhones launched between 2015 and 2017.
The iPhone XS Max, in particular, won the tests carried out by OpenSignal and reached an average of 21.7Mb / s, followed by its smaller brother, which reached 20.5Mb / s. Because it has a different configuration than the flagships, the iPhone XR (which has a 2 × 2 MIMO antenna instead of 4 × 4, as in the XS) averaged 17.6Mb / s, against 18.5Mb / s in the X.
If the difference between models that were presented together is already visible, imagine if we compare to “very old” models! According to the survey, the download speed of the iPhones 5s, 6, 6 Plus and SE was 83% below than the new models; download performance rose again with the iPhone 6s and, in a way, did not improve significantly until the iPhone XS.
The graph with upload speeds basically follows the same trend that we saw above. OpenSignal attributed the lowest rates of the iPhone XR (in relation to the XS) to the modem and antenna architecture of this device, again.
While companies conduct research on the performance of gadgets on 4G / LTE connections, rumors are rampant about the next generation of the mobile network, the long-awaited 5G. Apple, however, is expected to introduce the first iPhone compatible with the new technology only in 2020, if all goes as speculated.