The Apple A9 processor in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 70% faster than the A8 chip

Apple's press event in San Francisco revealed that the company will use the new A9 processor inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. Apple says the A9 processor is 70% faster than the older A8 chip.

The A9 is Apple's third-generation 64-bit processor, with a new transistor architecture that is not only faster but more efficient than the A8. In addition to the 70% faster CPU speed, it's also 90% faster for its GPU performance. The A9 also has the new M9 motion coprocessor that's built into the chip and is now always on.

Apple showed off the graphical capabilities of the A9 processor with a demo of the mech-action game Warhammer 40K Freeblade. The game also uses 3D Touch so users can press on the screen to zoom in and out, and press down harder to switch the mech to a heavy weapon loadout, The game uses features like focus blur. along with twice the AI, more textures, more exposure, and support for full-screen lens bloom. The game can have all those features and still run at 60FPS on the A9 chip.

Stay tuned as we continue to cover Apple's latest press event and its announcements.

John Callaham

I have been writing professionally about technology and gaming news for 14 years.