For the first time in its history, Apple has commissioned the production of processors used in the iPhone to two different companies at once. As you know, the contract for the supply of A9 chipsets for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus was signed with Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The processors from these manufacturers practically do not differ in graphics and computing power, but the results of the latest benchmarks show that the A9 from TSMC is less energy-consuming. After it became known that two different companies were engaged in the production of processors, users of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus wanted to know which chip was in their devices. We bring to your attention a few simple steps that will help you find out the processor manufacturer in each individual smartphone.
First of all, you need to know the device ID. Fortunately, the App Store has several useful utilities that can help you analyze hardware and provide a list of its components. One of them is the free application Battery Memory System Status Monitor, which allows you to determine the performance of the processor, memory and battery.
How to find out the manufacturer of the A9 processor in iPhone 6s
Step 1: Run the Battery Memory System Status Monitor utility.
Step 2: Click on the System button located at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Check your device ID. To do this, go to the Device section and look at the Model subsection:
- N71mAP – iPhone 6s with A9 processor manufactured by TSMC;
- N66mAP – iPhone 6s with A9 processor manufactured by TSMC;
- N71AP – iPhone 6s with A9 processor manufactured by Samsung;
- N66AP – iPhone 6s with A9 processor manufactured by Samsung.
In addition to the Battery Memory System Status Monitor, you can also use the Lirum Device Info application, the cost of which in the App Store is 169 rubles. The utility provides even more data on the hardware and software performance of the device. Unfortunately, at present the application cannot work with iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPad Air 2 due to some difficulties. Nevertheless, the developers claim that they will fix all the problems and add a number of new features.
A very good utility System Status from Technet, which can be downloaded for 169 rubles. With it, you can find out the device ID, performance, etc.
Users who are not looking for “easy ways” can pay attention to the open source application from David Stockley, which will directly indicate the manufacturer of the chipset. True, for this you will need to register your Apple ID as a developer.