iPhone 6s to Have Power-Packed A9 Chip

More evidence for the September 9 introduction of the iPhone 6s has appeared, with 9T05Mac reporting that Best Buy will begin offering AppleCare+ for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch on September 14. It's likely that the new iPhones (and possibly iPads) will go on sale that week, which is why Best Buy will begin offering AppleCare on that date. And as we approach the September 9 date, we keep getting more rumors, with recent reports giving details about the A9 processor. It's hard to know how reliable these reports are, and they've been somewhat conflicting.  The Motley Fool reports the iPhone 6s may run at 2.0 gigahertz, which means it could approach PC-class performance. VR-Zone says that benchmarking shows an iPhone 6s prototype getting a score of 1811 in the single core test and 4577 in the multi-core test. Both results are significantly higher than most Android devices, and compare to scores for the iPhone 6 plus of 1624 for the single core and 2909 for the multi-core test.

How does the performance compare to a PC? The Motley Fool gives an example of the Dell XPS 13, which has a single-core score of 2,689 and a multi-core score of 5,443. In fact, the performance of the A9 in the iPhone 6s would be on par with the iPad Air 2, with its tri-core A8X processor.

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Earlier rumors reported by Investors Business Daily have said that the A9 chip will use 14 nanometer technology, which would make the chip in the range of 20 percent more powerful, 12–15 percent smaller, and 35 percent more power efficient. You'll not only get better performance, including graphics, but also longer battery life.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.