Apple revealed Qualcomm's own 5G modem roadmap

Yolanda Curtis
October 24, 2020

Otherwise, an LTE connection will be used.

In fact, the tests revealed that an iPhone 12 managed to run for ten hours and 23 minutes (10:23) on 4G, but dropped to just under eight-and-a-half hours (8:25) on 5G.

An Apple support document, published this week and shared by MacRumors, says that to download iOS updates over 5G, users will have to turn on the "Allow More Data on 5G" mode in the Settings app under "Cellular" - "Cellular Data Options" - "Data Mode". But this test does give us a way to compare endurance across multiple phones, even if it is a taxing test.

We'd heard rumors that Apple was going to use the Qualcomm-made modem and as Apple confirmed in the keynote presentation, it ended up going with its own 5G antenna designs, hence the thinner form factor. "If you still don't have 5G service, contact your carrier", the company added.

More specifically, Apple stated its intentions to use the X55 modem for devices launched between June 2020 and May 2021, the X60 modem between June 2021 and May 2022, and the X65 and X70 modems between June 2022 and May 2024. Verizon's internal document confirms default 5G will not allow iOS updates to be downloaded on the iPhone 12. It's now an indicator of the best speed available to you, not the actual type of connection that's actively in use. Apple also adds that the new Allow More Data on 5G mode would allow "third-party apps to use more cellular data for enhanced experiences". An iPhone 12 teardown video has, however, now shed light on this piece of information.

Similarly, it's not clear which situations will get 5G to kick in when Smart Data mode is enabled.

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