Feeling the RAM crunch on iPhone 6/6 Plus devices

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by anonymous guy, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. anonymous guy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2010
    Full disclosure, I use an iPhone 6 Plus.

    While there have been efforts made to "efficiently" manage tasks in the background, the 1GB of RAM in these devices are really starting to rear its ugly head even in limited use.

    Often I only leave 3 or so applications active in the background, such as Music, Safari and a third party social app. I don't play games, so the device isn't being taxed heavily.

    Even with native apps like Music, switching back to it after a few minutes of not listening to a track, the application will automatically refresh and take me back to the main artist list rather than the last track played. It seems like having more than one Safari tab open at a time is cause for refresh as well. Sometimes I will have the Google application open for a quick search, switch back to Safari or messaging for a moment, then switch back to Google and the program is already killed and restarting.

    I used to carry a iPhone 5, and I didn't think that app refreshing was as aggressive during iOS 6/7. Maybe iOS could be getting too bloated for its own good, but it's looking like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already being hamstrung by the decision to only go with 1GB of RAM.
  2. Timmeh8604 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2014
    I too am getting frustrated with my plus as safari crashes a lot and is constantly refreshing even with one or two tabs open. Other apps reloading as well as games just ruins the smoothness of iOS.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I honestly haven't had any of these problems on my 6 plus. I will note that I rarely have more than 3 tabs open in safari, but I do switch between half a dozen different apps on a regular basis.
  4. rugmankc macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    It must be individual phones.

    I opened 5 new tabs with a total of 15 opened. That's counting the number of pages shown when I tap on the 2 square boxes on bottom right of screen.

    No crashes and delays other than my works 1.5mb wifi--:(
  5. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    I'm on my second 6 plus (went from 64GB to 128 GB). The first one I had for 8 days and didn't have any issues. This one I've only used for 2 full days so it's too early but so far it's been fine. I never thought that 1GB ram was an issue on my iPad air either. It runs smoothly. I rarely ever close my apps.
  6. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2013
    my problem with my 6+ is the blank pages when i go to the previous page. and sometimes when i am browsing, the page will just turn all white. when i press the screen so lightly, that's when it will refresh. not sure if the 6 has this issue. if not then i might, and said, i might go in that direction. what's holding me up is my carrier was kind enough to let me unlock my 6+. and now i've got an unlocked 6+.
  7. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    People practically live on their phones this day in age. Even a casual user runs into the issues you are talking about which I would consider casual use (music app + social networking).

    I use a 4S for work, you think 1 gb is bad try 512mb. Running pandora + maps + message app with find my friends under details I can crash springboard. Trying to use the "take photo" option in Messages.app will crash the app if I'm background task (music, GPS). I'll need to quit that stuff or use the camera app.

    So when I use my 6 its like a breath of fresh air. Multitasking is light years better. Having 2 gb of RAM would be
  8. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I notice. It bothers me a little.

    Genuinely curious why Apple just didn't up the RAM, but then a lot of the decisions made regarding the 6/6+ baffle me.
  9. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    They (and most smartphone manufacturers) have run out of ideas. They knew that a bigger screen would be sufficient in itself to flog millions of iPhones and they've obviously worked out that more RAM next year will guarantee likewise.
    Quite why the industry reviewers haven't ripped them a new bunghole over this RAM issue is another matter.
  10. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Wait till later releases of iOS.

    Beginning with iOS 9 there will no longer be a limitation of devs needing to code for devices with 512 mb of RAM (iPhone 4S and iPad 2). The 6 will have performance similar to the 4S as it will likely be the last iOS device with 1gb of RAM. Newer iOS devices will all have 2gb and devs will be utilizing it to the best of Apples limitations.

    Currently with my 4S I can not switch from tapatalk to safari and look something up without tapatalk reloading. If I have the music app running I generally can't just switch to safari (not do anything just switch too it) and back without tapatalk reloading. These same apps could easily do that with iOS 5 and 6.

    The 6 is just not very will future proofed but its the best they offer currently.
  11. pogoyoyo macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    It's no secret Apple shafted us this year, and will make a killing next year with an "s" version of both of these phones. Unfortunately I think ill be one of the people updating from a 6+ to a 6s+ because of the ram.
    This phone could be so much more smooth in between app switching and animations.
  12. PseudoPacifist macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    That's exactly where I'm at - I'm already looking forward to upgrading to the 6S Plus. Lack of RAM and UI lag is quite annoying.
  13. sawah macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2010
    Yeah I'm starting to get annoyed with page refreshes and lag. The page refreshes are the worst when I was in the middle of reason something and it starts me at the top :(
  14. Lloydbm41 macrumors 601


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    This is very likely going to be the case and the only significant change to the 6.

    Rumor is the Apple watch and 6S are to launch in March. New iPhone 7 with 13mp camera, higher res screen and A9 chip in Oct.
  15. fitgirl macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2013
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  17. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    Yeah, the ram limitation is ridiculous. If Apple wants to be stingy, they should at least let us pay extra for RAM like on the macs
  18. thalazy macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2012
    In a van down by the river.
    they got to save something for the 6s

    My feeling is with the 6s they going to add 2gb ram. & will probably have the upgraded camera. Still love the phone and think it's a worthy purchase just hope I don't get too tempted if they do up the ram with the 6s to run out and buy one.
  19. AlterZgo, Dec 7, 2014
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    AlterZgo macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Oops. Just realized we were talking about the iPhone and I was thinking about my iPad Air 2. LOL. Nevermind.
  20. Imory macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    It has nothing to do with how smoothly your phone runs. It's a result of the aggressive memory management of iOS, the larger memory footprint of 64-bit while still only maintaining 1 GB of RAM.

    It's probably greed OP (don't think it would affect battery that much), because despite those claiming that Apple would fix it by software, they haven't. Respected reviewers such as Anandtech have already mentioned this issue with Safari tab reloads and ironically, the iPad Air 2 got significantly better with 2 GB of RAM. There's only so much you can do with 1 GB, unless Apple decides to change the way iOS manages memory, which I doubt.


    The only ones with half a brain regarding technology and specs are Anandtech and perhaps Ars Technica, and I do think they went too easy on Apple, but they did mention it in their review.


    That's the terrible coding of iOS 8, and not really related to RAM.
  21. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    My 6 plus has absolutely no UI lag at all with Reduce transparency; which seems to that any ui lag you experinence is software because my 6 Plus has absolutely no UI stutter or lag at all with Reduce transparency on
  22. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Why should we give up some eye candy which has worked perfectly on the previous two iPhones? The iPhone 4 didn't get the transparency thing when iOS7 was released because its hardware wasn't up to the task.
  23. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    There's a problem if you have to disable features to get a smooth experience on a brand new phone...
  24. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Thats the stpry of pretty much all of my galaxy phones with touchwiz, and even the note 4
  25. jpeg42 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Yup. Always flash a custom rom with touchjizz. Hopefully Samsung will give up soon.

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