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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.