Apple doesn’t like to talk about the amount of RAM its mobile devices have during their announcement and it stuck to that tradition on September 9th when announcing the new iPhone 6 models. Both are powered by the new A8 chip with a M8 co-processor but Apple didn’t say if it increased RAM from 1GB. Purported iPhone 6 part leaks show that it may only have 1GB of RAM but a new report today suggests that things might not be so different for the iPhone 6 Plus as well.
There aren’t many differences between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus apart from the obvious display size. Both have the same processor and same camera but the latter does have optical image stabilization as opposed to the former’s digital image stabilization.
Some believed that perhaps the larger model will have a greater amount of RAM. While it does have a larger battery as opposed to its 4.7-inch sibling it doesn’t look like the iPhone 6 Plus has more than 1GB of RAM.
An alleged screenshot from an iPhone 6 Plus running an iPhone monitoring app called System Status has appeared online and it shows the device’s RAM hitting its ceiling around 1GB. The authenticity of this screenshot has not been verified but then again there’s no official word from Apple on the RAM capacity that we can go on.
It is easy to criticize Apple for sticking with 1GB RAM on its flagship smartphones even when rivals have pushed up to 3GB, but we know that Apple doesn’t work that way. It evens everything out with battery life and performance, and strives to achieve the desired results through perfect cohesion between hardware and software. Apple probably won’t increase RAM size just to have more on paper while having it compromise on battery life.
That’s not to say that more RAM in a smartphone is a bad thing, but its just not the way Apple works.