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Report: Apple Trails Google and Samsung in Internet Download Speed

"Qualcomm’s latest modems are usually speedier than the ones built by Intel, but Apple uses software to keep the speeds of the Qualcomm chips closer to that of the Intel devices."

By NTK Staff | 07.23.2018 @1:30pm
Report: Apple Trails Google and Samsung in Internet Download Speed

According to a report published by Ookla LLC, Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X trail their competitors (Samsung and Google) and their latest smartphones in download speeds.

Ookla LLC data was collected by users, “and encompass the range of random real-world conditions that affect performance like distance from cellular towers and network congestion.”

Bloomberg reported:

“Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and $1,000 iPhone X trail the latest smartphones from Samsung Electronics Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google in download speeds, according to data from Ookla LLC, a company that provides the most popular online service for measuring the speed of an internet connection with its Speedtest app and website.”

The Ookla LLC report also pointed out that Apple is intentionally slowing down the modem chips in some of its devices.

Bloomberg reported on the findings:

“The speeds of smartphone data downloads are determined by a combination of the modem chips used in the device and the software that tunes the hardware. Apple uses a mix of modems from Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. in the newest iPhones. Verizon and Sprint models in addition to those purchased without a carrier from an Apple retail store use Qualcomm components, while the phones designed for AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. use cellular modems from Intel.”

“Qualcomm’s latest modems are usually speedier than the ones built by Intel, but Apple uses software to keep the speeds of the Qualcomm chips closer to that of the Intel devices.”

In the past Qualcomm, which is the largest manufacturer of mobile phone modem chips in the world, argued that, “Apple phones that don’t use its chips are slower than competing devices, and even those that do, are slower than other devices with the same connection component.”

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