Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch benchmarks confirm Apple’s cutting RAM in half
Apple’s latest iOS hardware just made its debut, with yesterday bringing us both the iPhone SE and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Both devices appeared to deliver some very competitive specs, and we took a look at how the components for each model stacked up against some of Apple’s existing lineup. And while Apple provided us with a good deal of data on both new models, a few important specs were absent. We’ve already had the chance to fill in some of those iPhone SE blanks thanks to a benchmark report, and now we’re seeing the same situation unfold for the new iPad Pro.
In launching the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple saw fit to deliver a number of hardware upgrades: the smaller iPad Pro packs superior cameras, offers LTE connectivity as an option with more of its storage configurations, and has an improved cellular radio with more bands available.
But while both iPad Pro models use Apple’s A9X SoC, it looked like the 12.9-inch edition might have the upper hand on processing power, and though Apple didn’t comment on a specific clock speed, its own comparison suggested the older iPad Pro runs slightly faster than the new tablet.
A Geekbench report sheds some light on the difference, showing the 9.7-inch iPad running at 2.16GHz, down from the 2.5GHz we see with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Maybe more notable, though, is the change in system memory: while the first iPad Pro had a beefy 4GB of RAM, Apple’s new tablet appears that it will only get 2GB – the same as on an iPhone.
Perhaps users won’t push the 9.7-inch iPad Pro quite as hard with multi-tasking as on the 12.9-inch version, but for a tablet that was otherwise so closely matched with its predecessor (if not outright exceeding its capabilities), that’s one big downgrade that’s pretty hard to ignore.
We’ll have to wait to spend some hands-on time with the tablet for ourselves before we know just how much an impact this change in RAM has on the user experience.