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Some Of Apple’s iPhones Are Way Slower Than Others, Made With Different Parts

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

New studies reveal that certain versions of the iPhone 7 perform significantly worse than other devices, even though Apple purports the only difference is storage capacity.

The distinctions are not between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, but rather the listed model number, according to ZDNet. 

The iPhone 7 Plus smartphones with a 4G network and model numbers A1778 and A1784, according to tests conducted by Cellular Insights, had an overall performance that was 30 to 75 percent worse than ones with model numbers A1660 and A1661. Performance includes download and navigation speeds, amongst other factors.

This is because these devices are equipped with different modem chips, since the A1778 and A1784 use a chip made by Intel and the A1660 and A1661 devices use a chip made by Qualcomm, reports ZDNet. (RELATED: Apple Created The iPhone 7 Without A Headphone Jack And The Free Market Pounced)

“In all tests, the iPhone 7 Plus with the Qualcomm modem had a significant performance edge over the iPhone 7 Plus with the Intel modem. We are not sure what was the main reason behind Apple’s decision to source two different modem suppliers for the newest iPhone,” wrote Milan Milanović from Cellular Insights, according to ZDNet.

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