“Reports and videos floating around the Internet seem to indicate that there might be a significant battery life difference between the Samsung and TSMC chips used in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus,” Jim Lynch writes for CIO. “And this has made Apple’s customers wonder which chip their iPhones might be using. No worries though, it’s easy to find out which chip is in your iPhone 6s or 6 Plus.”
Here’s how you can quickly find out if your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus has a Samsung or TSMC chip:
1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
2. Download and install the free Battery Memory System Status Monitor app.
3. Open the app and tap on the System tab.
4. Under the Device section, look for the Model.
5. The chip breakdown is as follows:
• N71mAP — TSMC
• N66mAP — TSMC
• N71AP — Samsung
• N66AP — Samsung
“If you find that you have a Samsung chip, you have the option of returning your iPhone to Apple if you are within the 14 day return window,” Lynch writes. “Is it worth it to do so? If battery life is a concern for you then I’d say yes it is, but you can make up your own mind after you watch the videos below.”
Much more, including a sample of Reddit conversations on the topic, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Chips fabbed at 14nm and 16nm are simply not the same chips and should not be referred to or sold as such.
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