The next iPhone may feature up to double the LTE data speed than its predecessor, thanks to a new LTE chip. The iPhone 6s will reportedly contain Qualcomm's new MDM9635M chip, which can provide up to twice the speed over LTE as the current Qualcomm chip in the iPhone 6 line. Currently, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have top LTE speeds of about 150Mbps.
For end users, the most important new feature from the chip will be the potential for up to 300 Mbps download speeds, doubling the 150 Mbps download speeds found in the current generation iPhone lineup. The new chip has the same 50 Mbps upload speed limit, however, and real-world performance is likely to be closer to 225Mbps or lower, depending on the cellular network.
Qualcomm claimed that the MDM9635M is more power efficient compared to older models, so this could lead to better battery life when connected to LTE. The chip is also more compact than its predecessor, and is said to take up less space on the iPhone's motherboard.
As recently reported, the iPhone 6s is said to look nearly identical to the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with most changes taking place inside the device. The phone is expected to debut this fall sporting Apple's A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an upgraded 12MP camera.