New details about next iPhone and iPad’s ‘A9’ chip emerge

“Interesting tidbits regarding Apple-designed ‘A9’ chip said to power the upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ handsets surfaced Monday, offering some previously unknown details regarding its performance and design,” Christian Zibreg reports for Digital Trends. “An alleged iPhone 6s schematics suggests the A9 will adopt the SiP (System in Package) architecture. The Apple Watch is Apple’s first mobile product to incorporate SiP design which squeezes an entire computer architecture onto a single chip.”

“In addition to tighter integration through the use of the SiP engineering process, the source of the leaked schematics says the A9 chip is fifteen percent smaller than the A8 processor inside the current iPhones,” Zibreg reports. “This is almost certainly due to the chip being fabbed on TSMC and Samsung’s 14-nanometer process technology, as opposed to the 20-nanometer process used in the manufacture of the current-generation A8 chip.”

The China Times first reported in March that more than half of the internal hardware of the next iPhone will be bundled in a SiP module, with the A9 reportedly built using the ‘Integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging’ (InFO-WLP) process.,” Zibreg reports. “The A9 and A9X chips for new iPhones and iPads, respectively, appear to be quite speedy. The A9 allegedly scored 2,090 points on a single-core CPU test and 3,569 points on a multi-core test. The A9X yielded 2,109 and 5,101 points, respectively. That’s quite a performance jump versus the existing A8’s scores…”

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MacDailyNews Take: This is shaping up to be a very interesting “S” year for iPhone and for next-gen iPads with high-performance, desktop-class processors, advanced multitasking, Force Touch and more. We can’t wait to upgrade!

Alleged iPhone 6s schematics showing SiP architecture? – August 17, 2015
How Apple’s Force Touch could change the way you use your next iPhone or iPad – August 17, 2015
Apple’s A9 set to deliver insane levels of performance – August 15, 2015
Apple iPhone 6s with tri-core A9 chip gets benchmarked, beats most Android flagships – August 15, 2015
Revealed: How Force Touch works and feels in Apple’s next-gen iPhone 6s – August 10, 2015
Apple’s Force Touch: The future of mobile interfaces – August 4, 2015
Why Force Touch on the iPhone will be awesome – July 29, 2015
Apple’s Force Touch iPhone 6s to be major differentiator, put rivals at further disadvantage – July 6, 2015
Apple assemblers begin making next-gen iPhones with Force Touch – June 27, 2015
Analyst: Apple’s ‘iPhone 6s’ to feature stronger 7000 series aluminum, slightly thicker for Force Touch – June 17, 2015
Apple’s new Force Touch patent application reveals stylus, virtual paint brush, 3D buttons interactions – May 28, 2015
Apple’s forthcoming iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6s’ Force Touch – May 26, 2015
Apple patent application reveals work on Force Touch for iOS devices and more – March 5, 2015
Force Touch rumored to arrive exclusively on ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ – April 2, 2015
Apple’s next-gen iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus to feature Force Touch – February 28, 2015


  1. I think the engineering that goes into our technology is far more fascinating that the final product. It’s amazing how advanced and sophisticated this stuff is, and to have it work nearly flawlessly for years…. truly amazing.

      1. iPhone 2030x, we are going to have to talk.

        You know that thing? That thing that happened last night? It didn’t happen.

        Yes yes, you were in the room with us, but when she picked you up and had you start recording, some things just have to be forgotten.

        Look, I have a present for you…


  2. With AppleTV, that A9 is going to be immediately compared to those behemoth custom processors in the $400 PS4 and Xbox One consoles and the A9 is going to come up short in the spec department. I know how writers like to make these lopsided comparisons.

  3. Unless Apple can make a BETTER chip than Intel, I would like to see an Intel based I-Pad.
    And it should be a DOUBLE SCREEN (top and Bottom).
    Sales have been said to have gone down on iPad , because of people buying the phone. BUT people are also saying…..
    why should I buy this iPad thing, when I can buy a MAC laptop.

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