Apple sticks to mixing it up with CPU makers in the iPhone SE.
Last year the iPhone 6S suffered through a brief controversy when Apple fans found out that not all iPhone 6S devices are equal. Some feature an A9 CPU made by Samsung and others run on a TSMC made A9 chip. Some tests showed a different battery consumption behavior.
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Now the same scenario has been found on the iPhone SE. A configuration list surfaced in Asia that identifies the iPhone SE equipped with Samsung made A9 as S8000 and the TSMC based iPhone SE lists under code S8003.
The identifiers S8000 and S8003 are also used in the iPhone 6S. The listing shows on the left the configuration of an iPhone with the identifier iPhone8,4, which is the one for the iPhone SE. On the right the identifier says though iPhone8,1, which is the iPhone 6S. We need to take this listing with a grain of salt at the moment.
If the different iPhone SE A9 CPUs show any kind of difference in performance, heat development or battery life has not been determined yet. At this point in time no benchmarks surfaced that compare a TSMC and Samsung powered iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE has been found to be faster than the iPhone 6S, which is a blow to iPhone 6S owners.
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The iPhone SE went up for pre-order on Thursday. Either Apple has underestimated the demand for the 64GB iPhone SE, or the demand is just very high. While 16GB model still ships on March 31, the iPhone SE 64GB is now delayed by two weeks when pre-ordered today. The iPhone SE with 64GB is $100 more expensive than the 16GB model, but the 4x storage is well worth it.