Apple A9Apple’s new iPhones are powered by an A9 chipset. This is Apple’s latest chipset and we’re sure that many are wondering how it fares compared to its predecessor, the A8 which is found on last year’s iPhone models. As it turns out, the A9 performs really well at least according to recent benchmarks.


According to those benchmarks, the Apple A9 was found to have a clock speed of 1.85GHz, which is considerably faster than the A8 which was clocked at 1.4GHz. It was also confirmed that even with Android phones sport quad or octa-core processors, the A9 is still relying on a dual-core setup (click here to read why more cores might not always be better).

In terms of scoring, the A9 on the iPhone 6s scored 4,403 points on the multi-core test while the A8 scored 2,876. Comparing it to the competition, the A9’s score managed to beat out handsets like the HTC Nexus 9 which is powered an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset, the Galaxy Note 4 which runs on Exynos 5433, and the Nexus 6 which is powered by a Snapdragon 805.

The only handset which managed to beat it was the Galaxy S6 Edge which scored 1 point higher thanks to its Exynos 7420, although oddly enough the iPhone 6s Plus scored higher with 4,423 points. We’re not sure why it scored higher given that both iPhones are powered by the same hardware, but either way the difference is marginal at best.

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