- According to new findings, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the first iPhones to have 6 GB of RAM.
- The cheaper iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 come with 4 GB of RAM, just like the three iPhone 11 versions that Apple launched last year.
- It is still unclear what kind of memory Apple uses in the new iPhones. Some Android flagships, including Samsung’s best 2020 phones, have switched to faster, more efficient LPDDR5 RAM.
It’s more likely to hear Voldemort’s name in one Harry Potter movie than witnessing Apple officials address RAM and battery specifications during iPhone events. Apple will always insist on how powerful the latest processor is compared to previous iPhones and Android, and rightly so. Battery efficiency and battery life also improve when relevant. But Apple will never tell us exactly how much RAM the iPhone packs, or how big the battery is.
In comparison, Apple will detail RAM when announcing new MacBooks ̵
The A-Series chips give each iPhone a huge advantage over Android equivalents. This is why the latest iPhone turns out to be faster than the latest Android flagships in speed tests. Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei have not yet reached the A-Series chip. In fact, last year’s iPhone is usually still faster than this year’s Android flagship in terms of processing power. Apple’s tight hardware and software integration makes it all possible.
To make up for it, Android phones have received huge amounts of RAM in recent years, far beyond what is really needed. The same tests from reality show that extra RAM helps Android phones keep apps loaded longer than the iPhone does, and it can improve multitasking. We are still talking about saving insignificant amounts of time regardless of the comparison. A faster chip will shave milliseconds from the app’s load time, while extra RAM will do the same for multitasking.
However, with the advent of 5G, RAM and storage upgrades are also needed to compensate for the faster data speeds. The faster we download content, the more storage space we fill up. And RAM can not be a bottleneck.
When Samsung announced that the Galaxy S20 would have LPDDR5 RAM back in February, we told you that there is good news for the iPhone 12. Here’s how Samsung detailed the memory upgrade at the time:
With a data rate of 5500 megabits per second (Mb / s), 12Gb LPDDR5 is approximately 1.3 times faster than previous mobile memory (LPDDR4X, 4,266Mb / s) found in today’s advanced smartphones. When LPDDR5 is made in a 12 GB package, it can transfer 44 GB of data, or about 12 full HD movies (3.7 GB in size) in just one second. The new chip also uses up to 30 percent less power than its predecessor by integrating a new circuit design with improved clock, training and low-power functionality that ensures stable performance even when running at lightning-fast speeds.
I explained at the time that Apple would like both the speed and efficiency upgrades, especially with the rumor of 5G support. Not only will 5G require more bandwidth, but it will also consume more energy than 4G. But RAM manufacturers do not make 4 GB LPDDR5 modules, so the iPhone inevitably had to jump to 6 GB of memory, I said at the time.
This brings us to MacRumors’ to find that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max actually have 6 GB of RAM. The smaller iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini have only 4 GB of memory. The Apple blog gained access to plist files from the Xcode 12.1 beta, revealing the discovery. Separately, leaked Geekebench test results also show 6 GB of RAM for the Pro phones. What the leaks do not reveal is the type of RAM the iPhone 12 Pro Max has. It makes sense to assume that it is LPDDR5 memory, but we will have to wait for tears to provide further details.
A comparison from CPU-Monkey tells us that the A14 Bionic comes with LPPDR5 RAM, compared to the A12Z Bionic which features this year’s iPad Pro. This would mean that the new iPad Air and all iPhone 12 phones would rock faster memory.
In August, Samsung announced even faster RAM for future mobile devices.