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iPhone 6S chip controversy: New tests show difference is minimal

iPhone 6S chip controversy: New tests show difference is minimal

A new test has backed up Apple’s claims that the difference between iPhone 6S chipsets is minimal, putting to bed another minor controversy which emerged in the wake of the device’s launch.

Apple’s A9 system-on-a-chip, used in the iPhone 6S, is made by two different companies, TSMC and Samsung. It emerged last week that TSMC’s chip delivered over 20% longer battery life compared with Samsung’s version, with intensive benchmark tests leading to a raft of angry comments from users.

Apple, however, hit back, saying such testing was not realistic, as they caused the chipsets to run at an intense rate. Its own tests and analysis of customer data, it said in a statement, revealed a difference of between 2-3%, something regular users would not notice.

Now, a test by Ars Technica, has shown TSMC’s A9 chip offers a small advantage over Samsung. Its tests replicated real world usage, with looped web pages and built in idle time used to check how the batteries stood up.

The results reveal that only those concerned with the hardcore technology of the iPhone 6S will notice any real difference. Those buying an iPhone 6S for normal use are unlikely to see anything untoward.

Source Ars Technica

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