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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.

TSMC said to be the sole manufacturer for iPhone 7 A-series processor

TSMC said to be the sole manufacturer for iPhone 7 A-series processor

With the “iPhone 7” looming in the distance, the Rumor Mill is more than willing to toss out little tidbits for what to expect in the next flagship from Apple.

TSMC rumored to win sole production of A10 thanks to advanced device packaging techniques

TSMC rumored to win sole production of A10 thanks to advanced device packaging techniques

As 2015 wraps up, rumors surrounding Apple’s next iteration of its iPhone family are ramping up. Now a new report aims to shed light on Apple’s decisions regarding the next processor under the hood.

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.

Apple’s A9 chip isn’t segmented by iPhone size; manufacturing split 60/40 between TSMC and Samsung

Apple’s A9 chip isn’t segmented by iPhone size; manufacturing split 60/40 between TSMC and Samsung

Leading up to the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the general consensus was that Apple was distributing manufacturing requests for the A9 processor between Samsung and TSMC.

TSMC rumored to start A9 mass production in June

TSMC rumored to start A9 mass production in June

Whether or not TSMC or Samsung have been chosen to make Apple’s A9 processor for the next iPhone still remains a hot topic these days.