Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 13 lineup and the latest rumors are hinting that the upcoming iPhone series could use Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem.
According to a report by DigiTimes, Qualcomm is likely to continue working on its next generation of 5G mobile chipset, dubbed the ‘Snapdragon 895’ at Samsung Electronics, and built using an upgraded 5nm process but it could switch to TSMC in 2022 using the 4nm process.
Apple iPhone 13 lineup to feature the Snapdragon X60 5G modem
Build on a 5nm process, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 will pack comparatively higher power efficiency into a small footprint in comparison to the 7nm-based Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem that was used in the iPhone 12 lineup. Using the X60 modem, the iPhone 13 smartphones will be able to aggregate 5G data from mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously in order to achieve an optimal combination of low-latency and high-speed network coverage.
‘mmWave’ is a set of 5G frequencies, which promise super-fast speeds at short distances, making them suitable for dense urban areas. In comparison, sub-6GHz 5G waves are generally slower than mmWaves, but the signals are capable of traveling further, which better serves rural and sub-urban areas. While mmWave support on the iPhone 12 models has been limited to the USA, there are rumors hinting towards iPhone models supporting mmWave in other countries as well. Moreover, this change will give the iPhone 13 lineup a relatively better battery life.
iPhone 13 lineup rumored specifications
The iPhone 13 lineup is expected to mirror the iPhone 12 lineup, with a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 Mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. Moreover, the ultra-wide sensors on the high-end models are expected to be significantly upgraded to f/1.8 aperture, 6P (six-element lens) with autofocus.
Currently, iPhone 12 models come equipped with an f/2.4 5P ultra-wide camera with autofocus. Barclays analysts claim that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models are likely to feature Wi-Fi 6E, which provides Wi-Fi 6 features and capabilities while also including higher performance, faster data rates, and lower latency.
Moreover, there have been rumors in the past talking about the potential specifications with one of them hinting that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models could come with displays with a 120Hz refresh rate, while Apple is open to using LTPO panels from Samsung. These panels can dynamically switch refresh rates between 1Hz and 120Hz based on the type of content that is being displayed on the screen, helping save battery life.