Chipworks: Apple Turns to New Suppliers With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus [u]

Today is the big day: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have officially been launched in ten countries – Canada included. Some flew 12,000 km just to drop-test their new purchase while others, like the guys from iFixit, were desperate to perform their usual teardown. Chipworks is no exception: here are some of the surprising moves Apple did with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


First, there is the NFC controller: Chipworks expects the NFC controller to be NXP’s PN544, a standard unit considering Apple’s future plans, such as Apple Pay, that involve NFC.

Invensense accelerometer

Another interesting move: Apple uses a new accelerometer and gyroscope supplier. This year the company has decided to replace components provided by STMicroelectronics with a new 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope supplied by InvenSense, a product that you’ll find listed in their catalog as InvenSense MPU-6700.

A8 soc

Apple states the A8 chip incorporates 2 billion transistors; despite being 13% smaller than its predecessor, the A7. The guys from Chipworks were able to grab a shot of the memory part of the package-on-packed (PoP) — the actual A8 chip is underneath that package.

While the full details will be revealed after they finish the teardown, what they noticed upon first inspection is that Apple has this year, changed the part number convention from the usual “98” suffix to APL1011. Stay tuned!

Update: Chipworks confirms Apple-TSMC partnership for the A8 chip.