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  • New Video Compares LTE Speeds of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s Devices


    When Apple announced their new lineup of iPhone 6 devices, they stated that the new phones would have ‘faster LTE download and upload speeds’ compared to the iPhone 5s. This was the case because of the new Qualcomm Category 4 modem that was incorporated into the new phones, with support of LTE Advanced. LTE Advanced was first introduced back in 2013 and is supposed to increase data speeds and network capacity. The Cupertino-based company’s new generation of iPhones were apparently the first devices to support this new technology.

    A test had been conducted by iClarified to try out the speeds of the iPhone 6 when compared to the older iPhone 5s. The devices were tested in London, Ontario, Canada using the Fido network and were connected to a LTE network with high quality.

    To put these claims to the test we searched the city for the spot with the absolute best reception we could find. Testing late at night, when network usage is lower, we were amazed at the speed the iPhone 6 was able to achieve.

    We were able to consistently reach speeds in the high 90s with the iPhone 6. The absolute highest download speed we were able to obtain was 111 Mbps. I'm confident that if the conditions were optimal we could have obtained even higher speeds.
    Results showed that the iPhone 6 had download speeds of up to 101Mbps meanwhile the iPhone 5s with only 35Mbps at most. The test was conducted using the SpeedTest.net app by Ookla for those who are interested. Do keep in mind however, that not everyone will see faster speeds on their new phones because not all carriers have LTE Advanced and the same connection strength.

    Source: iClarified
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Video Compares LTE Speeds of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s Devices started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Amazing, kudos Apple.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      At this point I could care less about speed since my data is usually throttled by AT&T after 5GB. I am in New York and the LTE speeds suck anyway.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Has anyone done a test to see if the new antenna bands on the 6/Plus affect average signal strength?

      On an even further side note, can a CDMA iPhone be used with a GSM carrier but not the other way around? I meant to ask when John Legere said you could use a Verizon iPhone on T-Mobile.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      I don't think we can really test anything 8.0.2 gives me all the symptoms of 8.0.1 had. I don't get it. I was fine on 8.0
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Any US networks with LTE advanced?
    1. alan2022000's Avatar
      alan2022000 -
      This test is not true. As I now own an iPhone 6 plus and before it was the iPhone 5. I'm on EE in the UK. As when 4g came to my area (two years ago ish) I have seen speeds reach 86mbps on LTE on the iPhone 5 And with my iPhone 6 plus. The speeds I can reach have stayed the same. Never seen more than 86mbps.

      In regards to upload speed. Again on both devices. Have achieved 45mbps. Most I've seen was 56mbps. That was with the i5 back when 4g was just launched.

      @Zokunei

      Only today I noticed a better signal on my iPhone 6 plus. There's a particular place I pass for work on Tuesday's. And normally see no service in that area. But today. I seem 2 out 5 signal. And just to test it, I called customer services on EE and the call came thro nice and clear and no robotic or cutting but with my iPhone 5 it mainly got no service or if a little sniff of a signal made it 9 out of 10 say call failed and if it did connect it wouldn't take 5 seconds before it failed. So to me the antenna design is better than before.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      I have noticed better speeds about a 3/4 of mile away from my house by a ATT tower. My 5S usually maxed out about 48-53Mbps and now my 6Plus tests out at 83-87Mbps so far Just wish I had this in my neighborhood. lol
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Has anyone done a test to see if the new antenna bands on the 6/Plus affect average signal strength?

      On an even further side note, can a CDMA iPhone be used with a GSM carrier but not the other way around? I meant to ask when John Legere said you could use a Verizon iPhone on T-Mobile.
      Afaik, the CDMA phones have sim slots on them so I'm pretty sure John is right when he said that. Back in the day, I even think those CDMA phones were considered unlocked for TMo and At&t
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      Where on earth can you get 100mbps LTE? I only get 20mbps.

      /firstworldproblems
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Not many places.. That's for sure.. Though the reports of better LTE speeds on 6/6+ is true in my experience.. The most I ever saw in 5S using the Ookla Speed Test app was 32 down.. and that was on this one isolated driveway of the shopping mall in a town near my house. But the regular average speeds were all around 15-20. But now the lowest I see with my iP6 is about to 18-20.. With average/regular speeds of around 35-40.. And my highest peak was 52. But 100-- no.. Nobody's getting that yet.

      I also think I read that where verizon could boast having more LTE coverage there for 2011-2013 - the towers they put up so quickly to get that competitive edge can't do these newer speeds, where the slow pokes, ATT, took their time to make sure they put up the next generation towers that can handle these faster speeds. I think we're going to see ATT beat out Verizon in the speed tests.

      I'm ATT but not in the strongest tower area..
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      Where on earth can you get 100mbps LTE? I only get 20mbps.

      /firstworldproblems

      This right here.... I live in NYC and have never seen anything over 20 down.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      Where on earth can you get 100mbps LTE? I only get 20mbps.

      /firstworldproblems
      Germany, t-mobile/Telekom : 150 mbps at every city, with iphone 6 or 6 plus.
      By the way: The 6/plus is the only device worldwide that supports LTE up to 150 Mbps at all !
    1. uri8472's Avatar
      uri8472 -
      I really don't understand why anyone needs such bandwidth on a phone. Don't get me wrong, I love high speed as much as anyone, but I just don't see the benefit in a phone getting over 50 mbps over 10-20 unless you're trying to stream 4K video, which is pointless for such a small display. Also when you consider data caps the additional bandwidth just makes you eat through it much quicker, so it makes you worse off in that regard.

      Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
      Germany, t-mobile/Telekom : 150 mbps at every city, with iphone 6 or 6 plus.
      By the way: The 6/plus is the only device worldwide that supports LTE up to 150 Mbps at all !
      Do carriers over there have data caps like they do in the states and elsewhere? Because with that kind of bandwidth you'd likely go through it petty damn fast.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
      Germany, t-mobile/Telekom : 150 mbps at every city, with iphone 6 or 6 plus.
      By the way: The 6/plus is the only device worldwide that supports LTE up to 150 Mbps at all !
      Proof please! Screen shots of the Ookla Speed test.. Thanks!!
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Here's a couple of mine in the 80's





    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Thanks, Carv! What city was that in? And what Carrier are you on?
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Thanks, Carv! What city was that in? And what Carrier are you on?
      Fresno, CA (AT&T)
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Ah.. CA.. always gets the best and the newest technologies in their towers.. Philly is always forgotten by AT&T..
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Need to go to Bay area, San Jose area (Silicon Valley). Those areas always have cell high bandwidth. I remember cruising through there with my buddy, I had my iPhone 5 a couple yrs back and first time it got LTE signal LOL. Ran a test and hit 60Mbps. Could only imagine what it might be now LOL
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      I got over 90mbps on AT&T with my iPhone 5 in 2012. Shortly after, AT&T started throttling so I'm lucky to get 40mbps in a speed test.