APPLE HAS RESPONDED to reports that the iPhone 6S has a battery life problem, but has said that users will notice "minimal differences" between iPhone models.
Reports this week revealed that iPhone models equipped with a 14nm Samsung-made chip, as opposed to TSMC's 16nm alternative, could see a 20 percent reduction in battery life.
Apple has now commented on the reports, saying that, while it's aware of a battery life problem, it isn't as bad as has been made out.
An Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch: "With the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple's highest standards for providing incredible performance and delivering great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6S capacity, colour or model.
"Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world use, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It's a misleading way to measure real-world battery life.
"Our testing and customer data show that the actual battery life of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, varies within just two to three percent of each other."
If you've got an iPhone 6S and want to check whether it has a TSMC or Samsung chip, you can do so by installing this app, users on Reddit are advising.
TSMC's chip shows up as N66MAP or N71MAP, while Samsung's appears as N66AP or N17AP. However, it's worth noting that we tried using the app on our iPhone 6S, but didn't have much luck.
News of the iPhone 6S battery flaws comes just a week after the 'shutdowngate' saga was uncovered when some users reported that their new Apple smartphone was randomly turning off.
iPhone 6S owners took to Apple's Support Forum to moan about the problem, which sees the smartphone randomly shutting down and restarting only when the power button is held down for a few seconds.
One disgruntled iPhone user said: "My phone was charging and on scheduled do not disturb overnight and when I unplugged it this morning and tried to wake it up it was a black screen. I held both buttons down and it restarted."
Another added: "I have the same problem. Missed my alarm this morning. I'm going to request a replacement."
Some buyers also reported that the home button feels warm, which could point to an overheating problem, while others speculate that iOS 9 is to blame.
Typically, Apple has yet to shed any light on the situation. µ
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