‘Chipgate’ app returning to fuel iPhone owners’ fears

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Lirum app chipgate
It's back!
Photo: Lirum Labs

The app that Chipgate made famous is returning to the App Store after a brief hiatus.

Developer Lirum Labs has told Cult of Mac that its diagnostic tool, that can tell people which A9 processor their iPhone 6s contains, is back by popular demand.

“As the App was an old version, some crashes were reported, and the lack of detailed specs for the newer devices made us take the app down to avoid negative reviews,” a Lirum spokesperson told Cult of Mac via e-mail. “But due to popular demand, we put it back online. An update is still on the way.”

You may not be able to find Lirum in the App Store search results in your iPhone, but we’ve confirmed that the app is in there and will likely show up soon. It comes in both a $2.99 version and for free

We first heard about Lirum when it showed up in a YouTube video from Austin Evans, who used the app to compare the performances between iPhone 6ses running different versions of the A9 processor. The experiment suggested that the chips made by Samsung decreased battery performance by up to two hours. It disappeared from the App Store soon afterward, which had some people on the Internet calling foul, but Lirum took to Twitter to explain that the pull was its own doing.