"Chipgate" Wreaks Havoc For iPhone Users.

By now you have seen "chipgate" surfacing online. If you haven't, here is the details. On the iPhone 6S models, there are two different processors. There is no way to know which processor you got stuck with. You can't just walk into the store and ask which processor is which. Its a gamble to say the least. One one hand you could have the Samsung processor. This is the processor you don't want. It is a bit smaller and has some battery life issues. It does not have a noticeable difference in performance. On the other hand you would have the TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's) chip. This is the "normal one". You could expect about an hour or two difference in battery life. How do you find out which one?

Lirum Device Info Lite

The processor issue started surfacing yesterday. Everyone was eager to know if their iPhone was crappy. The main method seemed to be using this app. Oddly, this app was taken down from the App store earlier today. At firsts everyone went nuts, thinking Apple took down the app. Lirum posted on Facebook and Twitter stating that "We took the app down from the App Store due to issues with latest devices and the latest iOS. Until we can deliver an update". It still seems fishy. Why would they take an app down that is about to get thousands of downloads? In a few months no one is going to care about this. 

iMazing Saves The Day

There aren't many ways to find out which processor you have. Today there has been a lot of scrambling around searching for ways to find out your processor. iMazing can do just that. You can download it here. You will need either a Mac or PC. After you launch the program you will need to make sure you allow the iPhone to trust the program. At the bottom right there is a get info tab. Go there and about halfway down you will see Hardware Model. The moment of truth is in front of you. If you see "N66AP" or "N71AP" than you have a Samsung chip. If you have "N66mAP" or "N71mAP" than you have a TSMC chip. 

The Issue With This

When you buy something like an iPhone, you expect every one of them to be the same. If me and Bob buy an iPhone at the same exact cost, they should be the same exact way. In all honesty, there shouldn't be two different processors. They should of either all had Samsung or TSMC chips. That was a poor decision on Apple's end. There shouldn't be two separate companies making the same parts in any product. Let me know your thoughts by tweeting at me. 

Robert Bassett