Is this Apple’s new A9 chip that will power iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus?

Leaked Apple A9 chip

Apple’s new A9 processor, which is expected to power the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, appears to have been pictured for the first time ahead of the company’s big keynote on Wednesday.

Despite being very blurry, the chip in the image above clearly has A9 branding, and is thought to have a smaller footprint than the existing A8 chip. That’s likely thanks to its new 14-nanometer manufacturing process.

This is the same manufacturing process Samsung has used for its new Exynos 7420 chips that power the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5. It allows chips to become cooler, more efficient and more powerful than their predecessors.

In addition to the new A9 chip, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are expected to offer 2GB of RAM, next-generation Force Touch technology dubbed “3D Touch,” and much-improved 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras capable of recording 4K video.

It’s thought a faster version of the A9 chip, likely named the A9X, will power the upcoming iPad Pro.

Because the images above are so blurry, it’s hard to confirm they are indeed genuine, unfortunately. But with Apple’s event scheduled for this Wednesday, September 9, we don’t have too long to wait before the company makes the A9 official.

[via Steve Hemmerstoffer]