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Apple's new iPhones powered by two different A9 processors

Samsung and TSMC have provided slightly different A9 processors for Apple's new iPhones

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 29, 2015 08:27 am CDT - 0 mins, 36 secs reading time

The new iPhones are here, with Chipworks breaking apart Apple's latest smartphones to see what their innards are like. What they found was interesting, with two different A9 processors powering Apple's new iPhones.


Apple has tapped both Samsung and TSMC for the A9 and A9X processors, but the two A9 processors being different is interesting. The A9 chip that TSMC made measures in at 104.55mm2, while the Samsung chip is 10% smaller coming in at 96mm2. Samsung's A9 processor is the 'APL0898' while TSMC's chip is the 'APL1022'.

The question is whether the Samsung-made A9 processor is any faster than TSMC's chip, with Samsung's APL0898 chip on a smaller die which should result in a more power efficient chip.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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