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Apple says don't worry about 'Chipgate'

Apple says don't worry about 'Chipgate'
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Yesterday, we told you about allegations by individual testers that Apple's use of two different manufacturers - TSMC and Samsung - for the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus resulted in substantially different battery performance. But Apple is calling out that claim.

The testers had complained that iPhone 6s' with the TSMC chip had nearly two more hours of battery life than those with the Samsung A9 chip. Not so, Apple told TechCrunch in a statement.

Part of the statement reads, "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."

Users of the iPhone 6s are asked if they'd like to share diagnostic data anonymously with the company, so Apple monitors things like battery life on the new models. A 2 to 3% variance wouldn't be noticeable to anyone, so if you're an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus user, the company wants you to rest assured that "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."

The bright side is that by using two different manufacturers, Apple delivered the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on time to its customers, something the company's not always been able to do. For all the latest news on iPhones and all the other new technology, check back often to our Happening Now page.

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