People have been putting iPhone XS and XS Max through the paces, whether it’s the stunning display that won an A+ grade from DisplayMate or the camera that was used to shoot a short film by Jon M. Chu. Can Apple’s latest flagship be equally brilliant in the network performance department? Macworld dives deep to verify whether the new iPhones are indeed faster in LTE and WiFi network performance, compared to the previous generation. What is worth noting here is the addition for more antenna lines at the top and bottom of the phone, which could indicate that Apple did make some generous adjustments to the antenna reception of the device. How well did this fare for the company? Let’s find out.
iPhone XS and XS Max support newer technologies, like 4G LTE Advanced and 4×4 MIMO, which should allow for faster downloads. To test whether this actually results in real-world performance improvements, Macworld ran some tests. Here are the highlights of the tests that show where the additional antennas and newer tech truly shine the brightest.
The following test was conducted over WiFi with both iPhone X and iPhone XS, and you can see the difference of 30 Mbps in download speed which is a massive improvement.
When testing using T-Mobile’s LTE network, both upload and download speeds showed improvements.
Even when pitted against an iPhone 7 Plus on Verizon’s cellular network, iPhone XS showed a noticeable improvement. Note that this test was performed under struggling network conditions so the results are remarkable.
It is worth noting that the phrase “your mileage may vary” is applicable here, as testing conducted here might not reflect the conditions that you might use your phone in, due to a vast number of reasons. Networking performance can vary depending on hardware, software, location, cellular service, network congestion and many more variables. So don’t go expecting the same results as Macworld as there are plenty of extraneous variables unaccounted for in this test. However, it is proven that the addition of antennas at the bottom and top of on iPhone XS and XS Max does help boost the reception strength for LTE and Wi-Fi networks.
Although iPhone XS supports Gigabit class LTE, there aren’t many carriers around the world where this faster standard is supported. It will be interesting to see iPhone’s performance on such networks as it was one of the highlight features in Apple’s keynote.