iPhone 6S Performances Vary Depending on Chip Manufacturer
Last year when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released, Apple was involved in some controversy regarding the physical fragility of the device, especially the 6 Plus.
Many consumers had complained about the infamous bending of the phone in their pockets, and it was pretty much displayed publicly how the iPhone 6 wasn’t the sturdiest of sets out there.
Now, with the iPhone 6S released, that issue seems to have faded away, and another has taken its place. This time around, it’s got more to do with what’s on the inside.
One fact that many iPhone users aren’t aware of is that in the latest iteration, there are two possible manufacturers of the A9 processor inside the phone. One type of A9 processor is manufactured by Samsung, which is a 14nm chip. The other is manufactured by TSMC, and they use a 16nm chip for the processor.
Ideally, it shouldn’t make a monumental difference, but it does. The difference in chip size directly relates to heating and battery issues. The difference actually, is a lot.
The Samsung version of the A9 seems to give substantially less battery run-time than the TSMC one. According to tests conducted by a reddit poster, the TSMC A9 has a run-time that is roughly two hours more than Samsung’s variant.
That is a staggering difference – one that cannot be shunned away considering the premium price of the iPhone 6S.
The worst news though is that there is absolutely no way to distinguish while buying a new iPhone 6S. It is simply impossible to know which version you’ll land. It’s surprising that this inconsistency got past the quality assurance department at Apple.
Knowledgeable consumers obviously wouldn’t be too happy about this since it feels like an unwanted gamble at the time of buying, especially considering that in today’s market the demand for improved battery has possibly gone beyond the demand for improved performance.
Apple is so far yet to comment or acknowledge the matter. Hopefully, they’ll come out something less than just, “it’s only something a small amount of users are experiencing.”