Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6S Shows Different Performance Levels Depending On Chip Supplier?


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) engaged two different processor chip suppliers for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Because of that, the family of iPhone 6S does not render the same level of performance. Some devices are more energy hungry than others, thus depleting battery charge faster.

It has emerged that the battery performance of your iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus depends on who produced the A9 processor in it. Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM) are the two names behind the A9 chip that sits inside the iPhone 6S family.

The A9 chip stings

According to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the A9 processor renders superior processing and graphic power to the A8 chip in the previous iPhones. However, as much as that is true, the A9 processor in iPhone 6S/iPhone 6S Plus stings, and the problem seems to stem from the fact that Apple involved two different manufacturers to produce them.

The Samsung chips have been found to use up more battery power than those the chips produced by TSM. As such, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus devices powered by Samsung processors have a comparatively shorter battery life and the difference can be as long as two hours.

Chips of different sizes

In the wake of the battery issue in the iPhone 6S family, it has also emerged that suppliers of the A9 processers used different manufacturing architecture in the production of the chips. Samsung reportedly used the 14nm process to produce its version of A9 chips, with its chips being smaller at 96 mm2. The TSM chips were based on 16nm process, resulting in much larger chips at 104.5 mm2.

How Apple complicated its life

It is not uncommon that even chips from the same manufacturer render different levels of performance. However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have put itself in a more challenging and awkward position by sourcing the chips from different suppliers.

In the past, Apple seemed to prefer working with a single processor supplier. For example, the company only engaged TSM in the production of the A8 processors and previously involved Samsung in the supply of the A7 chip.

Neha Gupta

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