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iPhone LTE Speed Test: iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5s [Video]

iPhone LTE Speed Test: iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5s [Video]

Posted October 6, 2014 at 6:31pm by iClarified
We've posted a new video test comparing the LTE speeds of the new iPhone 6 versus the iPhone 5s.

Apple touts the iPhone 6 as having 'Faster LTE' saying, "With faster LTE — up to 150 Mbps — iPhone 6 users can experience faster download and upload speeds for browsing the web, streaming music, making video calls, and more." During the iPhone 6 keynote, Apple SVP Phil Schiller revealed that these speeds are possible through a technology called carrier aggregation. A tear down of the new device reveals that it features the Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Category 4 modem which offers up to 150 Mbps downlink data rates and 50 Mbps uplink data rates.

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.

Take a look below and please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for more Apple news, videos, and tutorials.

You may also be interested in watching our iPhone 6 Wi-Fi speed test.

* For those interested, these tests were performed with the SpeedTest.net app for iPhone, in the middle of the night, in London, Ontario, Canada, using the Fido mobile phone carrier. The flicker on the iPhone 6 is an app issue which occurs when speeds reach a high level. It's not a video capture issue.

** 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.
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Howard - October 7, 2014 at 1:08pm
iClarified, it's fast not because of LTE-A (at least, not yet available in Canada at this moment) but because of the 20x20MHz wide available bandwidth in the LTE Band 7 (2600)
Mike - October 7, 2014 at 11:40am
Having a limited data usage on your plan, it makes no difference how fast the network is. iPhone6 is still a disappointment to me. No major, wow factor, upgrade from iPhone 5s.
Muzaffar - October 7, 2014 at 5:37am
I got on my 5s with Verizon 88 Mb/s http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/974418889
KenK - October 7, 2014 at 2:13am
Where is the status bar (time, battery, network) on the 6?
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Save Us Batman - October 7, 2014 at 2:21am
It's in black. And it is on LTE before you go all conspiracy. Speed Test app hasn't been updated for 6/6 Plus.
Mie - October 7, 2014 at 1:17am
Its me only or everyone else cant see the video on iphone?
Joeymuscat - October 6, 2014 at 9:02pm
I still get 95mbps with my 3 year old iPhone 5 on a 4G connection.
Dang345533553 - October 6, 2014 at 9:50pm
The iPhone 5 was released just over 2 years ago, yours isn't anywhere near 3 years old.
Techno - October 7, 2014 at 12:56am
He rounded up, 2 years and 15 odd days = 3 years. That sounds right :/ It could be device age + updates = 3 years?
Dommm - October 6, 2014 at 8:32pm
I think some phones can get 300 Mbps but whether they get that or not?
RWR - October 7, 2014 at 12:22am
And??? Is that it??
stevenlacross - October 6, 2014 at 7:44pm
LTE was supposed to be long term evolution of data speeds, meaning that the original iPhone 5 could and should be able to get the same speeds as a phone that comes out in 3 years from now with LTE. What's this now with different speeds and stuff, wasn't LTE supposed to be scalable with the device?
tommyy - October 6, 2014 at 8:57pm
There is compatibility - old LTE device can access latest LTE network. The later version of any wireless standard gives higher speed.
Techno - October 7, 2014 at 8:09pm
The older LTE device will pick up LTE signal but any new frequency requires a more updated device.
iLupon - October 6, 2014 at 7:29pm
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