Samsung vs TSMC: no 'Chipgate' with the iPhone 6s, tests Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has put through its battery tests one iPhone 6s with a TSMC-made A9 processor, and another with a Samsung silicon, and has weighed in on the "Chipgate" issue swirling around the new iPhones. 

Ever since it was discovered that Apple has used two foundries, with slightly different (14nm for Samsung, and 16nm for TSMC) production processes, numerous improvised or sophisticated testing has been done to determine which one is better. While the TSMC-laden gear scored slightly higher on benchmarks, Apple said that the difference in battery life between the two is no more than 2-3%, which has been corroborated by most serious publications, too, and now Consumer Reports findings reconfirm Apple's words. 

They removed other variables by using the iPhones on one and the same network, and adjusting various apps, connectivity options and brightness levels to be the same. Afterwards, the tests were down with a base station emulator in a Radio Frequency isolation room - like the one used for the official talk times reported by the manufacturers, which are all standardized. 

After running network connectivity and Wi-Fi browsing tests in identical scenarios, Consumer Reports basically found out that the difference in battery lives between the two iPhone 6s units was less than 2%, while the difference in heat emissions was about 1% - certainly nothing to get overly excited about, so there you have it, another "gate" bites the dust.

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Never was. This release just went to smoothly so the blogs didn't have anything to hashtag.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Exactly! Stuff like this just prove that most of this Gate crap is blown completely out of proportion. I will give them antennagate, but nothing since. All the rest were just warranty issues that any product has. These tech sites simply troll Macrumors every release and the robots follow in the comment section.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Kudos on admitting antennagate was a real thing. That's pretty rare in Apple fans, even to this day. In fact, it's going to be funny watching all of the same people who called CR a hack outfit and bashed their methodologies and knowledge embrace this finding like a long lost loved one. But, in general, I agree. Most "gates" are overblown.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well looks like 95% of the user base of the website will purposely avoid this article since they can't troll Apple and the iPhone anymore about this. :(

25. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Agreed, but I thought that the trolling was more Samsung vs. TSMC.

37. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Those were apple fanboys trolling samsung.

2. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Looks like we're heading for a Gategate with a controversy of people trying to create a controversy.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! I call it Nogate!

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I trust Consumer Reports. They're one of the few publications that held Apple's feet to the fire over Antennagate.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yup. I agree. It was so funny seeing ppl dismissing, trying to discredit their findings over Antenna Gate. Even some "scientific" folks weighed in on their findings and said they were wrong. I suppose those same ppl agree with CR.

12. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

15. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Have you seen one bent?

18. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Yes... my friends iPhone 6 has a bend near the volume button yet he has had it in a case since he bought it...

23. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Were you in a coma last year?

32. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Read the entire doesnt say they dont bend. Just like with Antenna wasnt that the iPhone 4 lost a signal but how easy it was to lose signal. Seems like CR says the bending isnt as bad as believed. Doesnt say it doesnt bend at all. The iPhone 6 and HTC One M8 were the worse vs the others on that list. Thats basically what ppl were and have been saying all this time.

26. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Dude every phone will bend/break when applied the right amount of force. . Do you know that even a 10 year old had bend an iPhone 6+ (initial batch)? Whereas that is not the case with Htc M8. . My point is CR tested the phone with all their sophisticated eqiupments and said that iPhones are as sturdy as M8s. But do you really think that it is the case? . I am not a troll or some fanboy. I just wanted to let everyone know that last year CR lost their credibility by not testing the device properly. So their testing methods should be taken as a grain of salt.

24. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well their test wasnt that accurate because they didn't put the pressure on the 6+'s weak point at the volume buttons, instead they applied it on the center of the phone. Still, I ve never seen a biased review from them no matter what product it is. Check the iPhone 6S review and you ll see it yourself.

28. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I too didnt say that CR is biased. My point was "last year they didn't test the device properly" and that is all.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Even if they didnt test (and the M8) still was the least durable in their improper tests. If they didnt test properly...I am shocked because they did a very thorough job on Antenna Gate.

6. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So they tested wifi , 3/4g and lte and internet browsing.. good my clients thats had issues of overheating and lower battery on the samsung chip are all gaming or when using the camera. So they test stuff thats dont push the soc to the limit.. This is quite boring way of playing around and ignoring a real issue. All the one thats was returned at our store where on samsung chip 100% of all return on iphone 6S and we do have TSMC one as well ( 2/3 are samsung to say the truth but still... ) Buts its okay you guys can trust consumer reports if you dont use the camera to do 4K and dont games both phone are about the same!

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Here we go again with another user with "client stories." Zero credibility.

14. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I remember his story about a lot of new iPhone users going to their store to have it repaired. LMAO. Credibility = Zero

22. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't forget the thousands of his costumers trading their S6, iPhone 6, Sony Z phones, for the HTC M9.

20. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

"Trust me, I'm an engineer."

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I thinking all your clients used m9

31. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

bruh..what's the name of your store or sales shop or whatever?..I ll just search for it on Google maps

34. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

HTC's Marketing Department. Located in Taiwan.

41. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You should quit this business, it's not doing good to anyone.. Your clients are being fooled by you, you are being fooled by your love for Snapdragon. Luckily, reader and visitors of this site are not fool enough to trust you..

43. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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