Rumour mills have started churning. 9toMac now reports that the next iPhone, rumoured to be called the iPhone 6S, will feature a very special component change. Instead of the usual chip architecture, the new iPhone will contain a Qualcomm-developed chip known as the MDM9635M.

The mentioned chip was developed by the silicon chip manufacturer in 2013 but mass production was not started until last year. The thing to note about this new chip is that it can accommodate theoretical download speeds of up to 300 Mbps on carrier long-term evolution (LTE) networks. That is easily double the speed capability of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Also, the new chip will apparently enhance the device’s battery life, since it has more power-efficiency than previous models. The exact amount by which the battery life will be increased is unknown, for now.

Rumours suggest that the launch of the next iPhone will fall in line with the launch of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 9, which, luckily, isn’t quite far. Reports from last month also claim that the new iPhone will look and feel similar to last year’s iteration of the technology giant. The screen sizes, for instance, will be preserved as 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

The battery is, supposedly, going to be given a boost, which could mean a slightly thicker iPhone. Also, we will be getting a new processor from the Cupertino, which could well be the new A9 chipset.

Though the new Qualcomm chip might be good for an ego boost when it comes to the internet speeds (on paper, mind), the speed increase cannot be realized in a real life scenario as most carriers hardly, if ever, provide download speeds like 300 Mbps. A better battery life will surely be something worth waiting for, though.


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