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October 8th, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Apple iPhone 6s Battery Life

Apple today issued a statement which will hopefully put ‘batterygate’ to bed once and for all. In case you missed it, there’s a bit of a whirlwind involving claims that some iPhone 6s models with A9 processors from Samsung have substandard battery life compared to iPhone 6s models with A9 processors sourced from TSMC.

One test in particular even purported to show that iPhones with TSMC chips enjoyed nearly two more hours of battery life than equivalent iPhones with Samsung chips.

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Now, in an effort to address such claims before things spiral out of control, Apple explained in a statement provided to TechCrunch that battery life variance in real world usage conditions only checks in at about 2-3%.

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 deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, 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 usage, 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 the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other.

So there you have it.  Now, hopefully, batterygate can join the likes of antennagate and bendgate in the annals of scandals that were quickly blown out of proportion and thankfully died just as quickly as they appeared.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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