iPhone 4G speeds: Prime-selling iPhone XR has slowest LTE downloads

The cheaper iPhone XR is at present Apple’s top-selling iPhone, however it appears one space the place Apple reduce corners is with its modem. 

Based on analysis from OpenSignal, the iPhone XR is on common able to downloading information on US cell networks at 17.6Mbps in contrast with 20.5Mbps on the iPhone XS and 21.7Mbps on the iPhone XS Max. 

The iPhone XR is even slower than the 2017 iPhone X, which has common speeds of 18.5Mbps. 

Whereas the iPhone XR is slower than the costlier fashions, it’s nonetheless lots quicker than the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone SE, which all have obtain speeds of between 10Mbps to 12.8Mbps on 4G cell networks. For customers who do care about cell speeds on their telephones, this difficulty could also be one motive to improve. 

OpenSignal identifies three fundamental teams of iPhone fashions by obtain speeds. The iPhone XS and XS Max are 26 p.c quicker than the center group, which incorporates the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone eight, iPhone X, and iPhone XR. The highest new telephones are additionally a whopping 83 p.c quicker than the slowest group. 

The explanation for the velocity distinction is that older mannequin iPhones embrace earlier 4G applied sciences that do not help newer methods deployed by main carriers Verizon, AT&T, T-Cell, and Dash. 

The newest iPhones are quickest as a result of they function LTE Class 16 modems, whereas iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone eight have between Class 6 and Class 12 modems. 

OpenSignal additionally finds that Plus fashions haven’t got higher 4G speeds than their smaller counterparts. That is regardless of bigger fashions showing to have extra room to pack in higher antennas.     

Based on earlier analysis by OpenSignal, iPhone customers within the US expertise slower LTE obtain speeds than Android homeowners. 

Globally, the reverse is true, and iPhone homeowners noticed obtain speeds of 15.7Mbps on LTE in contrast with 13.8Mbps on Android units. 

Nonetheless, when trying solely at flagship Android units – which usually tend to bought within the US – LTE speeds are just below 25Mbps and nicely forward of common iPhone LTE speeds.  


Newer, bigger and extra extremely specified iPhone fashions do not essentially provide higher obtain speeds, in response to OpenSignal.

Picture: OpenSignal

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