Consumer Reports Finds No Evidence of iPhone 6s ‘Chipgate’


Consumer Reports has released their tests on ‘chipgate’, the minor battery and performance differences between TSMC and Samsung A9 CPUs found within iPhone 6s models. Their conclusion? They did not find any “appreciable differences” in battery or temperature between the two CPUs:

We found no appreciable differences in battery life or temperature between the iPhones 6s models with the varying chips.

Bottom line: Smartphones are as complicated as the people who use them, so it’s impossible to say with certainty that the battery- and temperature-performance differences we measured in this chipgate testing will be consistent in every imaginable scenario. But if iPhone 6s users are ever disappointed with their phones, we’re confident it won’t be because they bought the model with the “wrong” chip.

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Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller responded to iPhone Italia founder, Andrea Cervone, on Twitter sharing the Consumer Reports link. Cervone told Schiller to “fix #Chipgate and don’t hide the problem. Users are not stupid.”

So there you have it folks. ‘Chipgate’ is not real!


  • KIII

    yea but is my chip is pink gold I’ll still have to return the phone 😉

  • poopchute

    Hhahahaa. Surprise, surprise.
    I actually expected this news to hit earlier than this.
    I’m always amazed at the lack of critical thinking I see in society.
    Who would have guessed that maybe Apple did some testing before deciding to manufacture hundreds of millions of phones.

  • ShaBi

    Today’s society is too accustomed to being spoon fed everything that people don’t bother to think. All they do is make a big fuss about nothing and complain like a child. Bendgate? Chipgate? Get a grip, man.

  • ShaBi

    For the general public, 2-3% is basically “no appreciable difference”.

    Every mass produced car of the same model on the planet has a few % difference. Some might go a few kilometers more than another with a full tank. Should people be complaining about that too?

  • BigCat

    This is a good surprise, for those that feel surprised;

    I really like and respect Consumer Reports. It is great to see them weigh in with real data and testing. As a posed to the endless number of Youtube experts.

    Two things that really cast doubt on Apple:

    When the Lirum Device Info app was removed from the App Store. This was said to be voluntary. The other is still the lingering affects of the iPhone 4 (well tested), which Consumer Reports confirmed there was a reception issue.