Evidence builds for 4GB RAM iPad Pro, 2GB iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
Memory stinginess has long been cited as a critical flaw of Apple iDevices, and while Cupertino would typically argue iOS is a highly optimized platform that doesn’t need to engage in “silly” spec wars with Google-endorsed Androids, extreme multitaskers have a very pleasant surprise in store this fall.
At last, it appears iPhones will move beyond the 1GB RAM mark, which denotes low to mid-end hardware in the little green robot’s land, whereas the largest iPad to date seemingly aims to match the memory count of “entry-level” Microsoft Surface Pro 3 configurations.
Yes, as Adobe accidentally let slip last week, the iPad Pro is a “true” professional tool, with physical keyboard support, stylus capabilities, and 4 ample gigs of RAM. Of course, some business users may have still preferred it if the massive 12.9-incher ran Mac OS X, and starting at $1,150, the competing Surface Pro 3 offers twice the multitasking prowess, at 8GB RAM.
On the bright side, the 2014 iPad Air 2 capped off at 2GB random-access memory, and the first-gen 9.7-incher barely featured one gigabyte of the good stuff, so the progress is undoubtedly significant.
The same essentially goes for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which remain well behind many an Android flagship handheld, at 2GB RAM. But the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus before them only had 1 gig each beneath the hood, so it’s nice to see the iFamily (slowly) move forward.
It’s worth pointing out Apple has yet to come forward and confirm the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro specifications in full, with today’s revelation hailing from a resourceful tinkerer digging into the Xcode suite of OS X and iOS software development tools. In other words, the information isn’t 100 percent set in stone, but close enough.