How to check if your iPhone 6s has a TSMC or Samsung A9 chip

For the first time ever, Apple has dual-sourced the engine that drives the new handsets from more than one supplier. Both Samsung and rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) won contracts to build the Apple-designed ‘A9’ system-on-a-chip for the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The question is, does your brand spanking new iPhone 6s have the TSMC or Samsung-built chip? You can find that out in just a few simple steps, let me show you how.

It’s as easy as knowing your device ID. Thankfully, the App Store is home to some nifty utilities that can run an analysis of your iOS device’s underlying hardware and provide a detailed breakdown of the components used.

For the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going to use a free of charge app called Battery Memory System Status Monitor, which does exactly what the name says.

How to check if your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus has TSMC or Samsung’s A9 chip

Step 1: Launch Battery Memory System Status Monitor on your device.

Step 2: Tap on the button labeled System at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Check your device’s ID number under the Device → Model sub-section:

  • N71mAP — iPhone 6s with TSMC-manufactured A9 processor
  • N66mAP — iPhone 6s Plus with TSMC-manufactured A9 processor
  • N71AP — iPhone 6s with Samsung-manufactured A9 processor
  • N66AP — iPhone 6s Plus with Samsung-manufactured A9 processor
As an example, S├ębastien’s device runs a Samsung-made A9 processor, as designated by the device ID of “N71AP”. Good luck with that, boss!
Now that you know which A9 chip your device has, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section.


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