Apple iPhone 12 Lineup Backed by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G Modem

Ruben Fields
October 24, 2020

The teardown video compares the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 11 and although there are some similarities in the overall layout of the phone's build, there are some key differences in the updated design.

Apple and Qualcomm ended their lengthy battle and introduced a brand new deal below which the previous will get the 5G modems and associated elements for its iPhone fashions from the latter. The OLED display assembly is thinner, the Taptic Engine assembly is significantly smaller, and it's discovered that the iPhone 12's battery capacity is 15% lower than that of the iPhone 11 at 2,815 mAh.

The X55 modem still supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz technologies, just with less power efficiency a larger footprint.

Bohn also expressed similar uncertainty about exactly how Smart Data Mode works, but he did imply that it seems work more in the form of the iPhone 12 defaulting to 4G LTE and bumping up to 5G speeds when necessary, rather than the other way around; for instance, when your iPhone 12 is sitting in your pocket with the screen off, it will nearly certainly be using the 4G LTE network unless you've left it uploading or downloading a large amount of data in the background.

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Apple has reportedly tweaked the network status bar indicator on iPhone 12 models to depict the best available speed and not necessarily the now used connection.

The launch of the third-gen 5nm-based Snapdragon X60 5G modem earlier this year, however, cast a doubt on this rumor.

Apple stressed a lot on 5G connectivity while launching its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro smartphones. And well, it's inconclusive.

It appears that the icon behavior is a byproduct of the new "Smart Data mode" that Apple has added to iPhone 12, The Verge's Dieter Bohn notes.

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