Here’s How to Check if Your iPhone 6s Has Samsung or TMSC A9 Chip


With the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple is using A9 processing chips from two different sources i.e Samsung and TMSC. While it has already been confirmed with several benchmark tests that both processors are nearly identical in performance, some curious folks may be interested in knowing which of the two is present in their iPhone 6s / 6s plus device. The folks over at iDownloadBlog have shared how to find out whether a Samsung or a TMSC A9 chip is installed in your iPhone 6s.

Warning: beware of installing unauthorized third party apps like this on your device, so proceed with caution.

Note: You will need to register your Apple ID as a developer.

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Step 1:

Download Xcode 7 from the Mac App Store and launch it.

Step 2:

Click Source Control in the menu bar, then click Check Out.

Step 3:

In the repository location box, paste the following and click Next: 

Step 4:

Now connect your iPhone 6s to your Mac via USB and select it in the drop down device selection menu.

Step 5:

Once Xcode 7 indexes and processes symbol files, the status will say Ready.

Step 6:

Now click the Play button and wait for A9 Chip Source app to be installed on your iPhone. Once done, launch the app on your iPhone to find out your chip source.

That’s it, now you know whether your iPhone 6s has a Samsung or a TMSC A9 chip.

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  • Crosseyedmofo

    “select it in the drop down device selection menu.”

    not seeing it in the drop down menu :/

  • 1His_Nibs1

    “Nearly identical in performance” So which one performs better because “nearly” identical isn’t identical.

  • Nigleet

    I smell a… *sniff* *sniff* … Lawsuit.

  • carol argo

    Battery consumption is likely different tho

  • El Cockblock

    …aaaaaaaand what’s the point of having this piece of invaluable information for my daily iPhone usage…?

  • carol argo

    Question:how long till a service provider supply a:certified to be powered by Samsung or tsmc?25$ please

  • JP

    At the top left of the project window, there is a Play icon, a Stop icon, then the Project name “Provenance” and the selected device to run on (my xcode picked iPhone 6s Plus” This is the simulator selected. Click on the selected device and a list will pop out and your phone should be at the top, if connected through USB.

    I have a TSMC in my 6S Plus.

  • Nigleet

    Hey Gary. “…now you now…”

  • Nigleet

    Whether its relevant to you or not, news is news. People report about sports, I don’t care for sports, but it is relevant to some people.

    Your post is invaluable.

  • Fixed! Thx

  • 1His_Nibs1

    So do you know which chip performs better? Thanks if you choose to reply.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    A lawsuit from me or in general? I think if two chips perform differently (even slightly) is misrepresentation.

  • Nigleet

    In general. Agreed, it is definitely misrepresentation. Especially without being given knowledge of the variance (if there is one) in the performance when purchasing. I doubt they label their products as the “TSMC Chipped” or “Samsung Chipped” iPhone anywhere on the product or packaging.


    Even if they do label them, they are being marketed as the same product. Which is still ridiculous if there was a notable variance.

  • 1His_Nibs1


  • Crosseyedmofo

    also the 82 unread emails is making my OCD go haywire

  • macmurray

    No mention of the risks of installing apps in this fashion? MacRumors went so far as to advise their readers not to download this app at all.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Will you be pissed if you find out your TSMC chip offers you reduced performance as opposed to the Samsung chip? I know I would be & would feel cheated.