The iPhone 14 Pro Max is no longer the fastest smartphone on US networks, according to data from Ookla. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Apple’s flagship reached an average download speed of 133.84 Mbps and an upload speed of 15.39 Mbps. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now at the top with 147.25 Mbps upload and 13.95 Mbps download, followed by the Google Pixel 7 with 137.11 Mbps (download) and 13.95 Mbps (upload). In the third quarter of 2022, the iPhone 14 Pro Max was still at the top with 147 Mbps in downloads and 17 Mbps.
Why the iPhone 14 Pro Max has fallen behind
The comparative figures for the previous quarter make it easy to conclude why Apple lost the top position: the iPhone 14 Pro Max has apparently become slower. Since all devices contain the same wireless chips and, in theory, the speed should remain the same, the measurement reveals the different quality of US mobile networks in practice. Because in the third calendar quarter of 2022, the iPhone 14 Pro Max had just come onto the market, only a few buyers had gotten their hands on it, mainly in urban areas where the networks are better developed than in the country. Despite the well-known delivery problems, more and more people in the US outside of the big cities have been getting their hands on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is why the average speeds achieved with it have dropped. The theory is confirmed by the new front runner, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 may not have reached many customers yet, the demand for the foldable smartphone is likely to be greater in big cities, so the Fold 4 achieves roughly the same pace as the iPhone 14 Pro achieved on average at the start of sales.