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Apple says battery life may vary 2-3% regardless of the type of chip

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest news surrounding the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you’d know that both devices don’t come with the same A9 processor. Both devices are equipped with either a Samsung chip or a TSMC chip and apparently devices running the TSMC chip are ‘better off‘, here’s what Apple has to say on the matter…


In a statement (via Ars Technica) Apple says:

“Our testing and customer data show the actual battery of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other”

It is also worth noting that just like the two different processors found in the iPhones, not all components are made by the same companies. But it’s still interesting to see that in most (if not all) tests carried out, devices that contain the TSMC chip often performed better. One test showed that an iPhone 6s with the TSMC processor ran considerably cooler than an iPhone 6s with a Samsung processor.

In response to all these tests, Apple says;

“It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life”

Apple’s full statement:

“With the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple’s highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model.

Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life. Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other.” 

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