The iPhone SE Comes With TSMC And Samsung’s Chipsets; No Performance Fluctuations?

Ramish Zafar
Posted Mar 24, 2016
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As we’re done with the launch of the iPhone SE, its time to take a look at what the device comes with under the hood. After all, the launch of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus came with two variants of the A9; manufactured by TSMC and Samsung. In fact, we saw somewhat of a minor controversy surface soon after these facts were discovered, with Apple being forced to clarify that both the variants had undergone extensive testing and the performance difference was minimal with regards to everyday usage.

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The iPhone SE Comes With Both Samsung And TSMC’s A9; Performance Differences Expected?

So as things settle down after Apple’s event this Monday, we get to see more details surface about both the iPhone SE and the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. Both the devices come with top tier specifications in their respective categories; albeit the iPad does come with an under-clocked A9X, especially when it comes to the GPU.

Whether this will have an impact on the device’s performance when running some heavy duty apps for the iPad Pro lineup still remains to be seen and today, we’ve learned that the iPhone SE might also come with different performance metrics on board.

Developers have started to tinker around with iOS however and just like the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus launched last September, Apple’s March smartphone launch also comes with two variants of the A9, manufactured by Samsung and TSMC. These have been referred to as the S8000 and the S8003 for the Korean and the Taiwanse fab respectively.

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In terms size, Samsung’s chip is the smaller one, and depending on who you ask, we’ve also heard claims of it under performing in contrast to TSMC’s offering. While no major news of any significant differences between the two has surfaced, users were nevertheless quick to ask for replacements; not wanting to loose out on even the most minimal of performance specifications.

But looks like Apple’s quite confident with both the manufacturers and looks like the company’s also found a good way to make sure the A9 maintains a steady presence in the market; for different screen sizes. We’re eager to analyze the iPhone SE‘s performance in detail, as the smaller screen size should do the device quite a few favors when it comes to GPU performance.

Since Apple chose to under-clock the A9X on the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, there might be chances that the iPhone SE sees similar changes too. But given that the iPad’s focused more towards hardcore performance and the A9 should soon be replaced by the A10, nothing can be said for sure right now. We’ll be on the lookout. Till then stay tuned and let us know what you think the comments section below.

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