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Good news for those worried about the RAM situation of the new iPhone 6s—it has been confirmed that both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will both sport 2GB of RAM. Well-known developer Hamza Sood confirmed the details by means of a tweet earlier today.

Apple rarely advertises the RAM contained in its products, but regardless of how Apple wants to downplay its importance, RAM is a big deal. 

Sood was able to confirm the increase in RAM by means of Xcode, which contains details that confirm the inclusion of 2GB of RAM on Apple’s new iPhones. Rumors were swirling for a time that the iPhone 6s Plus may be the only one to benefit from the RAM upgrade, but thankfully, the standard size iPhone 6s will have an additional 1GB of RAM added as well.

This is the first time that Apple has shipped an iPhone with more than 1GB of RAM, and it joins the iPad Air 2 as the only device to have 2GB of RAM. The iPad Air 2, in my opinion, heavily benefited from the RAM addition, and I think that the iPhone 6s stands to benefit heavily as well.

Added RAM means better performance, and less occurrences of Safari tabs dumping their contents due to lack of RAM. Android devices have been getting 2GB of RAM, and some of the more recent devices sport up to 4GB of RAM. iOS is historically better at managing memory, so the lack of RAM isn’t as noticeable as it would have been on an Android phone, but 2GB certainly improves things.

Do you feel better about your iPhone purchase now that you know that it ships with adequate RAM?

  • Connor

    Yeah my iPad Air 2 definitely benefits from the extra gb of RAM.

    • Kelvin Lieu

      how so? where do you notice it

      • It’s definitely noticeable in Safari. I can have tons of tabs open and switch between them all relatively quickly without any reloading necessary.

      • Kelvin Lieu

        having the iphone 6 plus for a year, i havent noticed any lag or performance issues ever, really. I must admit, the tabs on safari do need to reload quite often but that’s about it. is there anywhere else where the phone will have a noticeable difference? thanks

      • Not really. More RAM just means the device can load more at once rather than having to juggle between tasks or use swap space (read and write memory to and from the flash storage – I don’t know if iOS does this but desktop operating systems do).

        The memory management on iOS is so good low memory is barely noticeable except in certain circumstances (like the aforementioned example of having multiple Safari tabs open at once which will use a bunch of memory).

      • JayDee917

        You’ll mostly notice you’ll have to reload Safari tabs and background apps much less often.

      • mickey

        Safari tabs and backgrounded apps. If you multitask between multiple apps including safari frequently it can be a pain when they either get closed or constantly reload. Definitely worse on a device heavy on tweaks.

      • Chinch07

        You will notice it when you have a bunch of apps open and they won’t need to refresh as often.

      • Connor

        Yeah, Safari for sure. Also, if I have a bunch of apps I am using it is nice to have them kept in memory. That was the biggest difference to me between the Air 1 and 2.

  • Mickey

    Stock is ok but you definitely feel the need for extra ram on a jailbroken 6+ once the tweaks start piling up.

    • @dongiuj

      That’s always been the case on every jailbroken device I’ve had.

      • Mickey

        The 5s and 6 held up fine for me. But on the other hand every new device brings new tweaks to add to the list. I usually go on a tweak spree and end up minimizing to optimize performance but the 6+ still stutters more so than every jailbroken phone I’ve had.

      • rockdude094

        I can confirm.. the 5s is a beast of a machine to date. I’ve had other iPhones but their power kept degrading overtime

      • Johnson Noel

        For some reason I like the 5 form factor over the 6. The square edges seems more premium than rounded edges. I have a hunch apple will go back to it later.

    • Johnson Noel

      Haven’t been on iOS in a while. What are good tweaks thats compatible with ios 8/9 ?

  • PJ

    By far one of the best news I heard about the 6S!

  • zeman tamy

    iPhone 6s meh!
    iPhone 7 yeah!

    • Disqus

      Oh FFS.

  • Merman123

    This alone is worth upgrading for. Safari, here I come.

  • Luca

    I don’t see any proof of it having 2GB. That class could be referred to iPad Air 2, same as the 4GB class is referred just to the iPad Pro.

    • Merman123

      Lol….

    • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

      i see your point.. i got excited till i saw your comment. oh well it lasted a while. lol

      • M L

        Yup Same here 🙁

  • TheDryChipper

    Guess I was right when I posted about this on the 9th! Should be a great phone 🙂

  • Yes. Glad it’s finally getting 2 GB of RAM. That’s badly needed, especially if you either play games, use lots of apps, or jailbreak and have lots of tweaks or some UI-heavy themes.

  • askep3

    YESSS

  • Brandon

    there are tears of happiness running down my face

  • Tom

    We need quad core and sd card

    • Julio Hernandez

      Quad core, no. SD card, maybe.

    • JayDee917

      Quad core, maybe. SD card, no.

    • James G

      No we don’t.

  • Guy

    Now this was the news that was gonna make me upgrade

  • Guy

    2gb is worth the upgrade. Less app refreshing

  • coLin

    Apple does care about jailbroken devices after all lol!

  • Dante Arellano

    Well that changes everything i have to pay another $1000 i hope it running smoothly

  • Noohar

    What about the iPad Mini 4? Surely that it supports the full iOS 9 multitasking set means it also has 2gb of RAM?

    • JayDee917

      It does.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I’ve already said this few days ago that it has 2gb ram lol my source BGR…

  • haridsv

    I use both iPhone 6 plus (work) and LG G2 (personal) and have a lot of the same apps installed. I often find that apps lose unsubmitted data in iPhone while switching between them. This may be the fault of the app developers in the sense that they don’t do a good job of saving the state when becoming inactive, but that gets aggregated by the fact that iPhone 6 has less ram than G2. What I am saying is that whole a particular app is poorly written and has the same issue on both IOS and Android, the poor condition is exhibited often only on iPhone 6 plus because dearth of ram compared to G2. All my colleagues have a work iPhone and a lot of them also have personal Android phones. When I talked to some of them who have a highend Android phone, they completely agree with me on the problem. On the other hand, when I talk to those who don’t maintain a personal phone, they are clueless of the difference, for obvious reasons. What this could mean is that a lot of iPhone users may not even know that their experience could be much better with more ram.

  • rockdude094

    my netbook has 1gb ram 😐 I still use it Lol

    • Noohar

      And me lol!

  • JayDee917

    Thank god. I feel much better about my iPhone 6s Plus preorder. I seriously would have canceled my preorder if there was 1GB RAM again. My jailbroken 6 Plus has been suffering badly from lack of available RAM.

    Now all I need is an iOS 9 jailbreak and I’m golden.

  • Nallaikumaran

    Welcome to 2012 with 2GB DRAM.

  • Jake Platt

    Probably one of the more compelling reasons to upgrade, however I think my iPhone 6 will do just fine for another 12 months.

  • czbird

    How much ram does mini 4 have, any clues to that?

    • Shinonuke

      2gb of Ram for iPad mini 4. I am upgrading to it from iPad mini retina

  • Tom

    Quad core saves battery and is faster iphone 5s and 6 lag on on muiltiple apps dual is 2008 even mac still has dual core on its macbook pro 13 inch

  • LeMerlot

    2GB RAM is more than appreciated… – and expected. And it’s much more than ridiculous that Apple lists every detail in its iPhone 6 S specs in the Apple Online Store but DOESN’T specify or even mention RAM. Honi soit qui mal y pense… 😉

    • Dan

      quoi?

    • LeMerlot

      …meanwhile I have a jailbroken 6 S – and with 2 GB RAM I really love it, makes its usage so fluid again.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    This is certainly a strong point for people upgrading from the 5S, but I’ll think I’ll pass on the 6S for now. Even with 2GB of RAM, and the new A9, a lot of jailbreak tweaks can still considerably slow down an iPhone.

    I hope the iPhone 7 has 3 (or 4) cores in the A10 (or whatever the processor will be called). Knowing Apple, they will probably stick with 2GB of RAM, so an additional core will improve the performance greatly.

  • Gary LE

    Damn if i new about this earlier i would’ve preorered my gold 64gb 6s plus!!! Now i have to preorer and wait a few weeks!!

    Anyone knows were i should preorder for Att contract so i can receive it the fastest?

    I can get a 2 yr erly upgrade for $649 + tax = $720

  • Nallaikumaran

    Android os is not fast. ios os is super-fast. It is based on the mobile operating system (Test). Samsung Galaxy 6, Edge, Note 5 – best mobile phones in the world today.