A9 chip

Apple’s A9X Chip in the New 9.7-Inch iPad Pro is Underclocked Compared to 12.9-Inch Model

Apple’s A9X Chip in the New 9.7-Inch iPad Pro is Underclocked Compared to 12.9-Inch Model

The most obvious difference between the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the larger 12.9-inch model is the screen size, but there are some other, perhaps more subtle changes, too.

Samsung Galaxy S7 chip narrowly beats iPhone 6s in new benchmarks

Samsung Galaxy S7 chip narrowly beats iPhone 6s in new benchmarks

Apple’s A9 processor did incredibly well to outperform rival chipsets from the likes of Samsung and Kirin last year, despite sticking to a dual-core architecture while others are using as many as eight. But three months into 2016, it has lost its crown.

In a list of top chipsets published by AnTuTu, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus chip is narrowly beaten by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820, which powers Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge — and other high-end Androids of 2016.

Apple chip maker TSMC decreases shipments after production hit by Taiwan earthquake

Apple chip maker TSMC decreases shipments after production hit by Taiwan earthquake

Apple chip maker TSMC, which is responsible for producing the A9 series processors for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus alongside Samsung, has been forced to decrease shipments during the first quarter of 2016 due to a large earthquake that hit southern Taiwan earlier this month.

Apple’s A9X chip provides competitive performance to Intel’s Core M processors

Apple’s A9X chip provides competitive performance to Intel’s Core M processors

Detailed hardware and software analysis of the iPad Pro’s A9X reveals that the A9X chip performance rivals that of Intel’s low-end Core M processors. 

Consumer Reports states there is ‘no significant differences’ in iPhone 6s battery life between TSMC and Samsung’s A9 chips

Consumer Reports states there is ‘no significant differences’ in iPhone 6s battery life between TSMC and Samsung’s A9 chips

In the beginning of October, seemingly out of nowhere, “Chipgate” arose. This focused on the differences between an iPhone 6s/6s Plus installed with a TSMC-manufactured A9 processor, or a unit outfitted with a Samsung-manufactured A9 processor.

More tests reinforce Apple’s iPhone 6s battery claim

More tests reinforce Apple’s iPhone 6s battery claim

First, it was discovered that Samsung’s A9 chip is smaller than TSMC’s A9 chip. Then, soon after, tests showed that iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units installed with TSMC’s variant are outperforming Samsung-equipped models.

Apple acknowledges iPhone 6s battery life differences between TSMC and Samsung’s A9 chips

Apple acknowledges iPhone 6s battery life differences between TSMC and Samsung’s A9 chips

Battery life matters, especially on a device as important as a smartphone, so it’s not at all surprising that folks are starting to take a closer look at the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

New tests show small but noteworthy battery life differences between TSMC’s, Samsung’s A9 chips

New tests show small but noteworthy battery life differences between TSMC’s, Samsung’s A9 chips

There always has to be a “gate” these days, and when people couldn’t bend the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus as easily as the devices’ predecessors, well, they had to look deeper.

TSMC’s A9 chip is outperforming Samsung’s in iPhone 6s battery benchmarks

TSMC’s A9 chip is outperforming Samsung’s in iPhone 6s battery benchmarks

At the tail-end of September, it was discovered that Apple’s A9 chip actually came in two sizes, with Samsung’s being a bit smaller than the one manufactured by TSMC.

How to identify if your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus has a TSMC or Samsung A9 chip [Updated]

How to identify if your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus has a TSMC or Samsung A9 chip [Updated]

So what’s the A9 chip? According to Apple, the A9 is, “The most advanced chip ever in a smartphone.” And when I compare it to the speed of my iPhone 5s, I can see some truth in such a bold statement. The A9 chip increases the performance of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, making both noticeably faster than their predecessors equipped with the old A8 chips. Apple shipped their new iPhones with either a Samsung or TSMC A9 chip. If you want to see how to figure out which one you have, keep reading.