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The iPhone 14 Pro will feature 8GB of RAM, the most memory ever offered in an iPhone, according to an unverified but plausible report coming out of Asia.

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According to a post from the account "yeux1122" on the Korean blog Naver, the iPhone 14 Pro will contain 8GB of RAM. Citing supply chain sources, the post claims that the iPhone 14 Pro's memory components have now been confirmed, and added that the schedule for mass production appears to be accelerating.

The account previously said that Apple was planning to launch a new iPad mini model with an 8.7-inch display and a chassis that has an increased width and reduced height compared to the fifth-generation iPad mini in the second half of 2021. While the display size claim was inaccurate, with the sixth-generation iPad mini actually featuring an 8.3-inch display, the chassis rumor and launch timeframe proved to be correct.

A report from Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu late last year similarly claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max models will be equipped with 8GB of memory. This would be a significant increase from the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro's 6GB of memory, which currently stands as the most memory ever offered in an iPhone.

The non-Pro iPhone models tend to have less memory, so it seems likely that the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max will have less than 8GB. Even with the iPhone 14 Pro taking iPhone memory to the next level, the device still has some way to go before reaching the levels of memory offered in the iPad Pro, which introduced a 16GB memory option in early 2021 based on storage capacity.

The iPhone 13 is already significantly faster than Samsung's latest Galaxy S22 models, but lags behind in terms of memory. Galaxy devices have had 8GB of memory since the launch of the S10 in 2019. 8GB of RAM would therefore bring the iPhone 14 Pro models to parity with the memory offered in the latest rival devices from Samsung.

Article Link: iPhone 14 Pro Rumored to Feature 8GB RAM, Matching Galaxy S22
 
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adamjackson

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More RAM is good but I haven't felt the need for more RAM in quite a while. maybe since iPhone X. I'll shoot fixed automotive Youtube how-to videos with my 13 Pro Max and it'll be recording for an hour and nothing feels sluggish about the phone even with 4K 60FPS HEVC recording then uploading to iCloud and moving between apps. I don't play games but the iPhone feels like it has plenty of ram.
 
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filchermcurr

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What are people doing on their phones that requires all of this CPU power and RAM? Is it just a spec competition at this point? (Genuinely curious. I almost never use my phone as anything more than a modem or to respond to messages. I'm the least Phone Power User(tm) that there is.)

I guess trying to attract a gaming market? That would align with Apple's relentless spamming for me to sign up for Apple Arcade.
 

GeoStructural

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It may match on the spec sheet, but the iPhone 14's A16 will blow away the Galaxy S22.

Regardless of matching the RAM or not, the iPhone is the better performer of the two. MrWhoIsTheBoss posted yesterday a battery test where the iPhone 13 Pro beats the Galaxy S22 by a big margin. Synthetic benchmark tests also show the A15 performs better than the new Samsung phone... In conclusion, the iPhone 13 Pro is faster and consumes a lot less power for the same tasks.
 
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warpdrive

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do users actually bump into the limits of RAM? I would have thought 6GB is plenty unless you are editing large media files on a phone sized device

We were using an iMac with 8GB of RAM with lots of photos, documents, and lots of tabs loaded and it was quite fine. But for a phone, 8GB seems overkill? I would actually prefer if Apple gave you a bump to 256 storage for a lesser cost....that would be more useful for a lot of users (I only use 60GB of my 128)
 

Bokito

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If the new iPhones support 48MP camera sensors they certainly need to have at least 8GB. My second gen iPhone SE (3GB RAM) is killing all other apps when opening the camera app. When you take videos on the 13 Pro (Max) it's not that bad, but you can't open Safari and a game next to making photos in the camera app.

Apple always kept the story awake that 'more RAM consumes more battery', but with all the application killing and all those Apps having to relaunch all the time more RAM may save battery these days.
 

GuruZac

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What are people doing on their phones that requires all of this CPU power and RAM? Is it just a spec competition at this point? (Genuinely curious. I almost never use my phone as anything more than a modem or to respond to messages. I'm the least Phone Power User(tm) that there is.)

I guess trying to attract a gaming market? That would align with Apple's relentless spamming for me to sign up for Apple Arcade.
Yes it is in some ways. iOS certainly does not warrant 8GB of RAM and there is virtually nothing on the App Store that challenges the performance of the A14/15/16. However, the length of time Apple supports iPhones providing nearly all features of the latest phones on 5 year old iPhones is another reason they have such headroom.
 

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do users actually bump into the limits of RAM? I would have thought 6GB is plenty unless you are editing large media files on a phone sized device

We were using an iMac with 8GB of RAM with lots of photos, documents, and lots of tabs loaded and it was quite fine. But for a phone, 8GB seems overkill? I would actually prefer if Apple gave you a bump to 256 storage for a lesser cost....that would be more useful for a lot of users (I only use 60GB of my 128)
Most users do not have any issues. I've been using iPhone since 3G days and never once had an issue with RAM.

Those that do say they have issues, are a rare breed and are typically doing things to purposely hit the limit of the system.
 

KillerTree

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Yes it is in some ways. iOS certainly does not warrant 8GB of RAM and there is virtually nothing on the App Store that challenges the performance of the A14/15/16. However, the length of time Apple supports iPhones providing nearly all features of the latest phones on 5 year old iPhones is another reason they have such headroom.
With iPhones approaching PS4 levels of power, and Unreal Engine 5 games releasing on iOS, I'm sure games will easily use all 4GB of RAM that iPhone 13s have. 8GB is good
 
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