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The iPhone 13 gets a 5G hardware upgrade
Apple will tap into Samsung's manufacturing prowess to build the 5G chip with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60 5G modem acting as the blueprint. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon X60 chipset introduced a lot of firsts. It's the world's first 5nm 5G baseband and the first to aggregate mmWave and sub-6GHz for ultimate 5G performance.
For the uninitiated, mmWave is a class of 5G frequencies that boasts ultra-fast speeds at short distances, which makes it optimal for dense, urban locations. On the other hand, sub-6GHz 5G is typically slower than mmWave, but on the plus side, its signals travel farther, making it more suitable for rural and suburban areas. That being said, the Snapdragon X60 promises to aggregate data from mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously for a killer combination of ultra-fast, low-latency 5G coverage.
Qualcomm says that Snapdragon X60 offers blazing-fast 5G apps, superior coverage (more stability and reliability while using 5G indoors and outdoors), and better power efficiency for all-day battery life.
The iPhone 12 line took a bit of a hit when it comes to battery life due to 5G. According to the Laptop Mag battery test, the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts 11 hours and 44 minutes while the 5G-supported iPhone 12 Pro Max has a runtime of 10 hours and 53 minutes (thankfully, there is a way to turn off iPhone 12's 5G for an additional two hours of battery life). Perhaps the Snapdragon X60's power-efficient chip will give the iPhone 13 a longer battery runtime when 5G is on.
Qualcomm recently announced its Snapdragon X65 modem — the company's fourth-generation 5G solution. According to MacRumors, Apple plans to pack its phones with the X65 chipset in 2022.