A new report from 9to5Mac claims Apple is working to double the supported LTE speeds for the iPhone 6s thanks to a new Qualcomm chip. The upgrade should mean improved battery life, too.
The report, which comes from the reliable Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac, notes that Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s MDM9635M for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus logic board. The chip was announced in 2013, but didn’t enter production until last year when it made its official debut with the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Qualcomm’s chip supports LTE download speeds up to 300 Mbps, twice the throughput of the iPhone 6, though it may only hit 225 Mbps in actual use. Upload speeds apparently won’t increase from where they are now at 50 Mpbs.
Apple’s new motherboard may also be more compact in general. That means extra room inside the device, possibly paving the way for a slightly bigger battery. 9to5Mac notes that Apple won’t use the opportunity to deliver an even thinner iPhone this year.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are also expected to feature Force Touch, though the exterior design will likely go unchanged. Apple probably won’t unveil the new phones until September, but the device is apparently already coming off the assembly line. That means additional leaks are probably just around the corner.
Correction: A previous version of this post mistakenly stated that Touch ID would be added to the device. We meant Force Touch.