9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE Both Have 2GB RAM

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple never announces the RAM in its iOS devices, so that metric often remains a mystery until a device teardown or benchmarking tests. TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino has an iPhone SE and a new iPad Pro on hand, and was able to use a memory checking app to determine the RAM in both devices.

    Based on his testing, it appears that both the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro include 2GB of RAM.


    2GB RAM puts the iPhone SE on par with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, both of which also include 2GB of RAM. As for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 2GB RAM means its performance isn't going to measure up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is equipped with 4GB RAM.

    As was recently discovered, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro also features a slightly underclocked A9X processor, another factor that will impact its performance compared to the larger tablet.

    Geekbench testing by Panzarino suggests the iPhone SE is not underlocked compared to the iPhone 6s, with the A9 in the device running at 1.85GHz. On the test, the iPhone SE received a single-core score of 2538 and a multi-core score of 4421, on par with or slightly better than tests conducted on the iPhone 6s.


    Given that it includes the same processor and the same RAM, the iPhone SE is as powerful as the iPhone 6s despite its much smaller form factor and lower price. The new iPad Pro, while less powerful than its larger sibling, has its own unique features, including a 12 megapixel camera with rear flash and a unique True Tone display.

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  2. Oblivious.Robot, Mar 22, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

    Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    So it's really just an iPad Air 3?
    Edit - Okay, SE is sounding like a really good deal now. Better battery, better performance and didn't cheap out on RAM.
  3. chrismail627 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2016
    That's good for the iPhone, makes the iPad Pro 9.7 a little less attractive though....
  4. Alphazoid macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2014
  5. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    This is a shameful moneygrab by Apple.The device is nothing more than a Air 3.TC just gave it a "Pro" label and jacked up the price.2 GB of ram and an underclocked A9X prove this is NO pro device in the slightest.Even Surface 3 provides 4 gigs of RAM for sub 500 bucks
  6. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    iPhone SE keeps looking more and more like my next iPhone!
  7. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    2GB RAM on the SE. Wow, I've been waiting for the shoe to drop on that phone somehow, but it didn't - its going to get OS updates for as long as a 6s (if it was 1GB it could potentially get cut off in the future, but not at 2GB).

    Apple is going to sell a ton of these. Great job Cook and Co..
  8. ArtOfWarfare, Mar 22, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    What is the RAM on the iPad Air 2 (I find it odd that isn't included in the article.)

    Edit: As three people have said, it's 2 GB.
  9. Fzang, Mar 22, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

    Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Funny how specs are, Apple-historically speaking, "skyrocketing" as sales seem to be cooling. I guess magic only goes so far.
  10. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Its 2GB
  11. SMIDG3T Suspended


    Apr 29, 2012
    Good news about the iPhone SE. I was thinking it would only come with 1GB of RAM. This'll mean it might well outperform the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus as it has much less pixels to push through to the screen. Battery life might also be better because of the same reason. I am so tempted to sell my iPhone 6s and get one of these.
  12. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
  13. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    Thanks Apple.

    Seriously, thanks for not cheaping out on something as important as RAM.

    Should've increased RAM to 3GB on the iPad Pro 9.7", though. Tablets naturally need more RAM than phones.
  14. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    It's 2GB.
  15. agsystems macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2013
    Agreed... with 4GB RAM - this would have been a fantastic upgrade to hold you over for 4-6 years easily.
  16. nickpro macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Bay Area
    As a 12.9 owner I feel a lot better now about missing out on the better camera/screen of the 9.7.
  17. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I just read a report on Cult of Mac that says the 9.7 iPad Pro is slower then the 12.9 inch even though they have the same processor. They think it could be under clocked to control the heat in a smaller enclosure orcould be to help with the battery life.
  18. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    Underclocked and only 2GB of Ram. Apple; what are you doing to the iPads? Bumping features in one area and downgrading in others. I wish there was only one ultimate model like in the old days.
  19. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Great news. Guess I'm putting an order in.
  20. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    Starting to be more apparent that the iPad Pro is just an Air 3, between the ram and USB 2 lightning port.
  21. Darrensk8 macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    Oh Apple :( looks like I'll be keeping my air 2.... At least for the time being.
  22. Bokito macrumors regular

    May 29, 2007
    Yep, with a Pro price point.
  23. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    As am I
  24. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    If anything this is bad in the long run.
  25. chrisherbert macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2012
    That's great news for the SE and makes it a really compelling option for the price.

    2GB of RAM, however, just doesn't feel like enough for an iPad. My old iPad 3 has 1GB of RAM and virtually any website will crash it within a few minutes after running out of RAM. Just having double the RAM isn't going to do it. Actually, even 4GB might not be enough, though I'll admit I haven't used the big iPad Pro for more than a few minutes.

    Sadly, modern webpages are incredibly RAM heavy. On my desktop I commonly see "infinite scrolling" style sites consume multiple gigabytes of ram for a single tab. The move to more and more JS framework-driven sites means this is only going to be become more common.

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