“Chipgate” scandal erupts for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus owners, Samsung A9 processor may lead to 20% shorter battery life
Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 12:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software
Well, you can’t release a new iPhone without at least some scandal.
This year it may come down to the processor inside your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.
In the new “Chipgate” controversy, Apple may have shipped a series of processors that could affect battery life with the handset.
Apple, which used two suppliers (Samsung and TSMC) to build the chip, is facing feedback in which users are reporting that those with the Samsung chip could have up to 20 percent less battery life. Apple has yet to respond to the controversy.
For consumers, the problem is there is no way of telling which chip you will get when you purchase a new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus. While most reports are coming from the U.S. there appears to be no discernable distribution pattern for the chips, in terms of geography, model (16GB, 64GB or 128GB) or color (silver, grey, gold, rose gold) with some customers reporting they bought a Samsung and TSMC version of the iPhone 6S in the same store.
As of now, there IS an app that can help you identify the manufacturer of your iPhone’s processor, the Lirum Device Info app taking care of this. After running the app, if your phone shows the codes N66AP or N71AP then you have the Samsung chip, while if it shows the codes N66MAP or N71MAP you’ve got the TSMC version.
Another option to discover which chip your iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus uses is the snappily titled Battery Memory System Status Monitor which is still available in the App Store which also claims to give you details about your phone’s chip manufacturer.
If you’re curious about this, take a look at both the Lirum Device Info and Battery Memory System Status Monitor apps and let us know what’s on your mind in the comments.