Apple's new A9 chipset for the iPhone 6s appears in spy shots

Apple's new A9 chipset for the iPhone 6s appears in spy shots
There's barely been a day now without some grand leak about the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that Apple is about to unveil in a short while on Wednesday. Apart from the eventual new screen resolutions and the Force Touch display technology that will supposedly be called "3D Touch," we are now getting some new info on the silicon inside, thanks to a few snapped spy shot of what is said to be the Apple A9 processor.

The next-gen chipset from Apple is indeed marked with this title, and could have a smaller footprint than the current A8, which would not be hard to achieve, given the rumored 14nm production process, provided by Samsung's foundries. The A9 was recently benchmarked, showing pretty stellar results. Also, on Geekbench, it showed the iPhone 6s running the A9 SoC with the CPU clocked at 1.8GHz. The single-core score was 2248, while the multi-core tally came in at 4036. 

Coupled with 2 GB of RAM, the A9 should bring quite the boost to the iPhone line in terms of performance, so we can't wait for the charts that Tim Cook and company will whip out at the stage on Wednesday, explaining how it's tens of times faster than the first Apple mobile chipset, as they usually do.

source: @GeekBar (Weibo) via @OnLeaks (Twitter)



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


15. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Yup Samsung was great again.

27. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Too bad no ones gives a f**k who makes the cpu but who designs it and engineers it. Foxconn makes iPhones, and s**tloads of crappy low end products. All it matters is who designs it and if the manufacturer has the machines to actually produce it. Its like caring more for who produces the cure for a disease and not who invented the cure its self.

43. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

There is only one company that can make this SoC. So come back to reality. If samsung didn't make it . The A9 would not be possible in 14nm and would not see these speed increases.

51. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

not true, TSMC is also manufacturing 25% of the a9 processors, they are also making other components for the i6s, so their share in a9 processors are lower compared to Samsung. Anyway, yes, who manufactures the processors really doesn't matter, it's who design it. So don't just spit crap. You guys always make it sound like without Samsung, Apple would be SHxT, but who cares, clearly, Samsung, who is the greatest competitor for iPhone(s) don't bother themselves, they are still manufacturing for Apple. Who the fxxk are you to judge whether Apple would die without Samsung or not.

52. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

Like i said "The A9 would not be possible in 14nm" Tsmc is 16nm. So brush up on your knowledge. It also does matter who makes cutting tech components and without samsung. Apple would have a supply shortage and missed timelines. Also people like you give apple too much credit for the ARM soc apple uses with its own instructions to work with ios. I have an iphone 6 plus ipad mini retina, air and every older iphone. So i am not biased.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The A9 Is A Beast. Not Like I Was Expecting Anything Less Of Course.

3. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Why Are You Talking Like This

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its his thing.. please ignore it

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

What Ibend Said.

6. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

lets go. cant wait to sell 1 of my kidneys. :-D

9. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

That's what I call performance 2k in single core that's what iPhone not to mention 2gigs of ram as soon it hits the market I will buy ... Still my 6 plus and 5s are buttery smooth

10. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

No waaaaaaay it's the A9 chip, this is such a grand leak! Guys, I saw some glass today, and I'm almost 100% sure they are putting that same material on the iPhone 6s! Wish I took a picture for you to share :/

12. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Looking at the last 10-15 articles, they are all android related and you clicked this one. Someone's getting ready for a new phone I think :)

16. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yeah I'm excited! Mainly for some new Macbook Pro news though, iPhone 6S will be a repeat of every year "It's this much faster than our last thing" "It's got a screen resolution that's weird so it looks a bit more technical than others" "Look! I got data that proves nothing!". *crowd applause, roar and screams innovation over a new colour way while the Apple chairs circle jerk with each other.* But this is an odd article, right? I mean, it's a chip. We knew this chip existed. It's not exactly news cuz we know nothing about the chip; it's a picture of a chip, with A9 on it, and the sockets in the back. I clicked it to see if there was anything leaked with it, but nothing.

22. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The MacBook pros are coming usually around April. I have a 2014 MacBook Pro but would like the new grey version

14. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Scored more than 2k in single core performance that's impresive, they'll keep their domination probably until Samsung introducing new S7 and it will be never ending rivalry.

17. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Android never beats iPhone on single core performance not even S6 or note 5 with exypnse 7420.

19. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And ??

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Just like vice versa with multi-core but when you combine single and multi core and E7420 have better score. Also x20 from mediatek is coming which will have better overall score than Exynos 7420 and A9.

23. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

And S6 still better than iPhone 6 in real life performance. Numbers doesn't matter right? Higher clock speed, benchmark scores... Suddenly it all become important when Apple did it.

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's not really a rivalry. Apple releases the second half of the year while Samsung first half of the year. If they were released in the same half, Samsung would never allow them to have any type of leg up. Even when the iPhone 6 came out at 6.9 mm and a 1810mah battery, they released the Alpha for fun or troll them at 6.8mm and a 1850 mah battery. So if they had to, Samsung would put the extra billion in R and D and Apple wouldn't.

26. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Note 5 and iPhone 6s plus was introduced almost at the same time, wasn't it meant as direct competitor against 6s plus? I think Samsung not helping Apple, it's good business for both. Let say if Samsung refused to produce chip for Apple, wouldn't they asked other company to do that?

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This was the first time the Note series used the same chip as the S series. Normally it would use the latest Qualcomm chip but the SD820 isn't ready yet. And the 7420 seems plenty strong enough so they got lazy I guess. If the A9 had a higher multi score geek bench score, you better believe Sansung would have popped an Exynos 7433 in there. They didn't have to this year it seems because they took that ground up thing a little too seriously this year and hit it out of the park.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let's get to Wednesday.

45. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You have my permission to skip Tuesday, but you're going to have to make it up some day.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol. Are you gonna check out the event?

20. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I hate ball soldered chips, I'd rather have contact like what you have in Desktop CPUs.

28. AU-1999

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

My iPad Air 2 have 4600 in multicore, Well 600 more points than the upcoming A9 chip And 1800 vs 2200 is not to bad at all on single core as well! A8X is one of Apples best ever made chips! :) - compared to life remain.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's a good score due to them having 3 cores, the new score is not that good when it's only got 2 cores

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