Normally, when you buy a new iPhone model you’d expect all these new devices to have the exact same capabilities. It seems this is not the case with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models.
Apparently, these devices can have LTE modems manufactured by Intel or Qualcomm. The Intel modem works with GSM only, while the Qualcomm one supports both GSM and CDMA networks. Cellular Insights tested the two modems and discovered the Intel one doesn’t perform as well, and the difference becomes more significant as you get farther away from the cell tower.
How to find out if your iPhone 7 has faster or slower LTE modem
By now I’m sure you’d like to find out if your iPhone 7 has faster or slower LTE. It’s actually pretty easy. Here’s what you need to do.
To find out if you have the Intel or Qualcomm LTE model on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you will need to identify the model number of your device, which is located in Settings.
Open the Settings app and go to General -> About.
Now, scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select Legal then, tap on ‘Regulatory’.
The Regulatory screen contains a wealth of information regarding your iPhone model.
What we’re interested in this case is the model. If your model number is A17784 or A1778 your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus has the slower Intel LTE modem. If your device’s model number is A1660 or A1661 you have the faster Qualcomm modem.
Another way to find out if your iPhone 7 has faster or slower LTE is to use an app called Lirum Info Lite. It’s a free app that provides various tests for your iPhone but also numerous details about the device, the model number included.
All you need to do is install it, tap the menu icon in the top-left corner of the screen and select ‘This Device’. On the following screen you can see your iPhone’s model number.
I’m sure those of you who find out their device has the slower Intel LTE modem will be disappointed. However, no need to stress too much about this, the performance difference between the two modems is not significant.
Even so, considering the high price of an iPhone, perhaps Apple’s decision to use two LTE modems with different performances is not one of their smartest, at least not marketing-wise.
What LTE modem does your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus have?