Why 2GB of RAM in the iPhone 6s is a big deal for everyone [Video]

By , Sep 25, 2015

2GB of RAM iPhone 6s Plus

Safari. It’s one of our go to apps, and arguably the most popular app on iOS. It’s also one of the apps that has suffered the most over the past few years due to lack of resources. Safari has been starved for far too long, and its resulted in perpetual Safari tab refreshing and frustrated end users.

Starting with last year’s iPad Air 2, Apple decided it was time to change that. It was time to feed Safari and other RAM starved apps. The results were great and immediately noticeable. It’s one of the reasons that the iPad Air 2 can keep on trucking just fine without a yearly refresh.

Today, Apple extended the same favor to its most popular product, the iPhone. Like the iPad Air 2, the iPhone 6s benefits heavily from the extra gig of RAM.

But how much does the extra RAM truly benefit day to day usage on a phone? Is it something that everyday users will notice, even if Apple refuses to place emphasis on it? Watch our video pitting the iPhone 6 Plus vs the iPhone 6s Plus, and see for yourself.

There’s really not much else to be said here, as the video pretty much says it all. There simply wasn’t enough RAM in older iPhones to create a good experience in Safari, not to mention other apps and the OS itself. With only 1GB of RAM, there wasn’t enough resources for Safari to keep many tabs in memory.

Once resources are needed, tabs are purged from memory, and have to be refreshed when revisited. With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, this occurs a lot less often due to the additional memory.

This may seem like a trivial issue, and I guess one could make the argument that it is. After all, we’ve lived through numerous iPhone iterations with less than 2GB of RAM. I guess my point is that having the extra resources alters the experience from one that we used to put up with, to one that we can truly enjoy.

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  • William Melendez

    Yep. Those safari taps no longer refresh ! It’s beautiful I tell you ! The little things : )

    • rockdude094

      Thats what she said Lol

  • Cristian B

    Been using this phone since 1 PM EST, As far as I can tell, this post speak nothing but the truth

    • Tommy

      And to know that Apple only gave this to us in the 6S is just mind boggling.

      • xPhoenixMoon

        What I find mind boggling, is that people buy it droves with every minimally upgraded iteration.

        iPhone’s a great phone, but with all the money Apple makes from it, I don’t get why it’s behind so many Android phones spec wise.

        Took them long enough to make a 5.5 inch screen let alone a high resolution screen, and sadly still Android phones have higher ppi and higher resolution screens.

        Why is this thing more expensive than almost any Android phone? The Apple on the back?

  • askep3

    One thing to think about is that the previous devices never really had 1 gb of ram for apps, they probably had 50-75% of that since iOS itself uses ram, so this 1gb of ram increase in a well optimized operating system is 1 full gb of extra ram, to be used by apps, all of it 🙂

  • techfreak23

    I did the same test when I pulled my 6s out of the box lol such a clear difference though.

  • theemptyhead

    LOL. It’s 2015.

    • That_Fruitarian

      Stop lying.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I know right? We live in the stone age.

      • Newgunnerr

        Stone age? I thought this was the ice age?

      • Tommy

        Apple users have always been in the stone age when it comes to screen size and RAM. But now we’re in 2015. So there. We’re here!

      • John

        Guys, we aren’t that ancient, it’s the iron age.

  • madrigalz

    Is just a bug, I’ve tried it on my 6+ in iOS 9.

  • Holy wow. This is great! Can’t wait for my iPhone to arrive!

  • kickinghorse99

    It is kinda sad that some people still think 1GB still ok lol

    • Jack Wong

      Even Microsoft Surface 3 start with 2GB ram only and 4GB max, I don’t see what is wrong with 1GB ram on mobile phone.

      And I got my 6s plus yesterday, I have 4 tabs on Safari only.

      • Javiers

        Windows surface runs a completely different OS, it’s kind of hard to compare the two.

      • Jack Wong

        Yes and no.

        1 is full desktop OS and smartphone OS.

        It’s always good to have more ram and CPU power but if we don’t really get the full benefit of it, then it’s a waste of battery power.

      • ieatcalcium

        HA. So true. Just look at the S6. It’s battery life is a joke when running bone stock.

    • Tommy

      You’re gonna make a lot of iPhone users angry.
      Especially those who have not upgraded to the 6S.

    • Nino

      It’s not that bad, you kinda get used to it after a while.

      • Tommy

        That’s IMO, is sadder.

    • besrate hogsa

      1 GB of Ram is ENOUGH for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus
      but it might not be enough for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus because of the unnecessary crap like 3D TOUCH, FORCE TOUCH etc…
      tired of apple fanboys

      • Dan

        1 GB was not even enough for iPhone 5…

      • besrate hogsa

        so we should sue apple for shorting us 1gb of ram on our iPhone 6 plus last year
        lol

      • ieatcalcium

        “unnecessary crap” wat. 3D touch is the FUTUREEEE

      • besrate hogsa

        we were doing okay without that crap since the release of the iphone
        just touch the icon and go to the the app

      • Major_Tom

        It’s so much faster to create a new email/sms now or reply to an ongoing one. Live photo is useless though

      • besrate hogsa

        everything you mentioned can be done on the app with the same time span as opening those sub menus
        i take that as a new eye candy from apple other than that it is still a bunch of crap that we don’t need

      • Major_Tom

        It’s only one menu being open. If you left a thread open you’d have to exit out of it before selecting the one you want if it’s a different one. I either open the sub menu or open the app completely. Opening the app completely I’d have to exit first before continuing on. Not the same time span. Sub menu to new message.
        Open app, exit thread, new message.

      • besrate hogsa

        I still think it is way faster to open messages app and write a new message than force touching the messages icon and selecting new messages from the sub menu and then writing new messages
        DID WE EVER HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS PROCESS IN THE LAST 9 YEARS
        NO
        If the iphone 7 comes with this feature it will have a toggle to turn it off or on

      • Major_Tom

        Yes but it is not way faster to open the app, exit the thread, and then start a new message.
        You can already choose to have it on or off…

      • besrate hogsa

        how nice then i will toggle that OFF
        problema resolvido

      • besrate hogsa

        3D Touch

        I’m all for convenience, for faster ways of accomplishing repetitive
        tasks, but 3D Touch —the Apple Watch-like feature that responds to
        “light” and “deep” presses of the screen —sounds like work. It literally
        adds a third dimension to the OS, so instead of just tapping and
        swiping, now I have to remember which features require a light press and
        which need more force. Whoops, wrong one. Now I go back? And press
        again? Wait, which one did I do the first time? I feel like somewhere
        Steve Jobs is throwing a major tantrum over this.

      • I do all of that with a simple swipe-up on my App icon on my OnePlus One with Nova Launcher. Want special in-app shortcuts, simply tap-and-hold in-app…presuming the dev has such function. 3D touch is just a marketing buzz word…

      • Major_Tom

        I use nova launcher on my Note 4.

      • besrate hogsa

        I am in a process of getting a new windows tablet i got tired of my ipad mini

  • votdfak

    Fact so obvious for all that wanted to see. Reload is the main reason I stay away from Safari on my 6+. Second reason, web on mobile is lame.

  • Sharukh Mastan

    What about those people who are stuck with iPhone 6 with no upgrade options? This extra 1 gig should’ve been added a long time ago. Apple. >.>

    • rubeN

      Yeah would it have killed them to add that extra Gig on there. That’s what Apple however, it gimps and leaves out stuff so that u can upgrade.

      • Tommy

        Anything that hurts their profits would kill them a little bit. So to answer your question, yes, it kills them. Same reason why the lowest iPhone capacity is 16GB and not 32.

      • Hypetys

        it’s the Apple style last year they needed people to upgrade big screen was the reason this year it’s force touch and 2GB of RAM they put things like 2GB of RAM as last cards because they want to maximize their profits even if it’s 1$ per device more (could be 60M$ if they sell the 60M they predict) but the thing is Apple has gotten too greedy

      • kickinghorse99

        Well they have reached the limit with new ideas that would wow us. They have no choice but to increase slowly so they

    • Cameron

      everyone has an option to upgrade, unless you’re living in North Korea or Cuba.

      • Sharukh Mastan

        I live in the Middle East (Bahrain) and over here, we have zero option to upgrade from the current plan unless it is complete. So yeah, I’m stuck with 1 GB of RAM for 1 more year.

    • Tommy

      Like duh. Finally someone speaks! Screw Apple. But yeah, still getting that 6S tho. Lol. If it weren’t for iOS being so awesome I’d long be on Android.

      • Sharukh Mastan

        You and me both. iOS for the win!

    • Dan

      Shouldn’t of bought it then. Blindly buying the phone tells Apple it’s OK.

    • xPhoenixMoon

      I blame those constantly buying it right at launch, instead of telling Apple these frustrations.

      Then maybe they would do these things quicker, but they don’t care, because it doesn’t matter what they do with their phones, people buy it, no matter what.

      It sells from the brand alone.

  • rubeN

    The iPhone 6/6 plus was like the iPad 3, gimped on RAM.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Write an article about why 2gb of ram still isn’t enough and that is a big deal.

    • miras

      It’s enough for iOS

      • Bugs Bunnay

        yea. for a non jailbroken user… OH!

      • Major_Tom

        If a device isn’t worth using without being jailbroken/rooted then it’s not worth my money.

  • George

    You guys should report on WiFi assist and how its eating peoples data.

    • N&LH

      You have the option to turn it of if you don’t want it

      • George

        i know but it’s automatically turned on for some odd reason.

      • It’s turned on by default because it improves the user experience. It only takes affect if you have poor wifi in which case it’s preferable to use your mobile data. Since most people don’t have wifi slower than their mobile data this shouldn’t be too much of an issue and if it is then turn it off or complain to your carrier for not offering enough data or complain to your broadband provider for having speeds slower than mobile broadband.

      • George

        Yes but it’s a good thing to report on to warn people who have like 1gb of data a month. Complaining to your carrier won’t solve anything.

    • theapple99

      It’s been starving for far to long just like safari or its a glutton eating everything. LoL

  • Jordan Lewis

    Jeff, just wanted to point out that the bottom bar in the video says Phone 6s when it should be iPhone 6s

  • About time the BS “1GB RAM is enough” came to an end…

    • 1GB of RAM is enough. 2GB of RAM just makes for a more pleasurable experience. It’s like those cheap netbooks you can buy. They are usable but if you want to do multiple things at once then you need more RAM. I guess Apple finally realised that people want to view more than one webpage at a time.

      • votdfak

        How is it enough? You are blind or what?

      • It’s enough in the sense that I’m replying to your comment right now from my iPhone 5s. Nothing is crashing and the OS is working exactly as intended it just means that I can’t have multiple things open at once beyond the gigabyte of RAM in the device. Like I said “1GB of RAM is enough. 2GB of RAM just makes for a more pleasurable experience”.

      • votdfak

        Stay on course… This topic is about RAM and Safari page reloading… 1GB is clearly not enough and that’s why people stay the f away from Safari…

      • The article is an extreme case. How many people usually load all those web pages Jeff did during ordinary usage? I agree that 2GB versus 1GB of RAM makes a difference, what I don’t agree with is the sentiment that 1gb of RAM simply isn’t enough and that all phones must have 2GB of RAM.

      • Benedict

        Same for apps. If you just want to go back to a certain app which did not fit into memory anymore, it has to reload and moreover, the content will be gone.

      • Nino

        Then let’s do this scenario: I hand you my 6+ with 1 GB or RAM. Now, ask yourself.

        Can I browse with Safari or any other browser? Yes.
        Is the experience okay? Yes.
        Would it be better if it had more RAM? Absolutely.

        Thus, 1 GB RAM IS enough for basic usage. It would not be enough if it was completely unusable, which is not the case. It’s just annoying when it refreshes.

      • votdfak

        That annoying part is enough not to use it. You don’t want annoying with flagship phones. You are paying premium to avoid annoying things.

      • Nino

        I absolutely disagree. I’ve been using my 6+ for the past year and it’s a joy to use (it is jailbroken, which helps, but that’s another story). Would I like to upgrade to the 6S+? Well of course, but I’m not gonna be mad just because a newer model came out that has better performance and saves me 2-3 seconds loading pages.

        There will always be caveats. Even the 6S now supposedly has a “yellow tint” issue (look at the video above and see how the 6S’s screen is warmer). Nothing is flawless.

      • votdfak

        I’ve been using my jailbroken 6+ for a year and loving it. But I am aware of caveats, like Safari. To be honest I hate web on smartphones, that’s make it easier.

        But don’t tell me it is ok to have subpar experience because Apple is thirsty. That’s why we have just 1GB, that’s why we still have 16GB models. That’s lame.

      • Nino

        I don’t consider 16 GB to be an issue at all when you can just purchase a 64 GB model, which is what I did. The only people buying 16 GB are those who don’t know better.

        The 1 GB is a tad annoying and I’m glad they upgraded it, but I’m not gonna lose sleep over that. When the 7 comes out I’ll end up upgrading.

      • rubeN

        Well u should get a little mad that they didn’t put that extra GB when it was much needed.

      • kickinghorse99

        How about the next time that you buy a new iPhone, Apple will make a special 1GB iPhone just for you and charge you the same price as the rest of us. :p

      • You might want to re-read the comments I’ve been making. I’m not suggesting that 1GB is better than 2GB or that I’d prefer 1GB of RAM over 2GB of RAM but rather refuting the claims that 1GB is not enough RAM and that 2GB of RAM is absolutely necessary.

        I’ve got by no problem at all with 1GB of RAM on my 5s and continue to do so no problem at all. Yes sometimes apps need to re-load content that could be cached in memory should more RAM be available but this is nothing more than an inconvenience. 2GB isn’t necessary but does result in a better experience as such I am grateful for the decision of Apple to increase the RAM found in the new iPhones.

      • It was enough for the majority of users who didn’t need 2Gb’s. I never cared about the tab reloading because I didn’t use my phone to browse the web much at all.. Let alone switch apps back and forth. For me 1Gb was fine..Of course the 2 is welcomed. But don’t expect them to go any higher anytime soon.

  • Inseltraeumer

    You wouldn’t believe how much memory is used by mere background tasks. What I want to say is that 1GB of RAM should be enough for a couple of websites. After all, iPhones used to run on far less memory than 1GB.

  • I had 15 tabs going on my iPhone 6 Plus. Not one page refresh.

    • Gary LE

      What apps you have opened? But if no other apps are open then open some apps like most people do then go back to the first FEW tabs and see what happen.

  • @sexyhamthing

    This while the rest of the market is moving to 4gb 🙁

    My phone has 3 and its well over a year old.

    • Merman123

      Don’t worry about that. Apple does a lot more with 2 than the rest of the industry does with 4.

      • Benedict

        You just exactly saw how much more they did: nothing.

      • Stemro

        I agree iOS is more efficient, but still it would never hurt to add an extra gig or two.

      • @sexyhamthing

        Not really.

  • Eisenhorn1976

    This is the MAIN reason I’m getting a 6S Plus even though I love my 6 Plus. Not 3D Touch or whatever. It’s the additional RAM.

  • besrate hogsa

    My iPhone 6 Plus have no problem loading multiple safari tabs without refreshing
    But looking forward for iPhone 7
    iPhone 6s meh!

    • MrJohnBlaze

      I agree shelling out $900 again for a slightly improved camera & you’re safari tabs not taking 4 seconds to load is hardly compelling I’m Waiting on the 7s plus redesign & improvements September 2017 here i come

      • Gary LE

        $720 for 6s+ 64gb for 2 yrs att early upgrade – $450 sold iphone = $270

  • Benedict

    So you got punked by Apple and their previous iphones: More RAM is better then less. Hope you can transpose this knowledge to other specs on your own (e.g. camera).
    Instead of buying a 6s now, it would be smart to upgrade to a 3 or 4 GB phone. Or you like to read the same story next year again?

    • Nino

      Stop with your 3 GB RAM phone BS. The camera is one of the absolute best in the industry. Photos are on par with S6 and LG G4 and video at 4k is better than those two because of the software stabilization being superior.

      Not to even mention that the 6S kicks every other phone’s ass in gaming and just CPU tasks in general. The 6S octa core has more raw processing multi core power, but not when it comes to gaming.

      Still want to buy an Android?

      • Benedict

        The camera is NOT better than the S6 or G4’s. There is a difference between knowing and believing something. See my other reply with the verge video test and the benchmark foto.
        Definitely my next will be an Android. To be precise – A Nexus.

      • Tommy

        The iPhone 6S is good. But every model before it just seemed a little, “less”. Apple really took their time in upgrading the iPhone.

  • xxFoxtail

    Going from the iPhone 6, you notice the speed difference right away! It’s really fast now.

  • Tommy

    Yet iSheep will always argue that 1GB is just enough and Android devices are just wasting their time on 3-4GB RAM.

    • Nino

      Honestly though, they are. A lot of the RAM on Android is wasted because it’s an inefficient OS.

      • Tommy

        inefficient as they may be, I just wished my iPhone 5S came with 2GB RAM. and not wait another 2 years before it finally arrives, knowing that it should have came way earlier.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    But is it really the iPad Air 2 can continue this year without a refresh? Really?

  • Mark S

    I’m part of everyone and I don’t care about this. I really don’t. This makes no difference in placing a call or playing music or a podcast or checking my email. Meh. Not buying into the must have mentality every year.

    • A feature-phone does all of the above just fine…you don’t need a SmartPhone, so in other words, you’ve already gotten into the “must have a SmartPhone mentality”.

  • Gus Me

    You’re all holding it wrong….

  • james smith

    I want to see games to utilize the extra memory

  • Dante Arellano

    The new plus s feels more solid in my hand little bit faster kind complicate to get evreting set up but im going to love it for 1k i most have to

  • Bad habits die hard, as I’m finding myself instinctively closing tabs and apps, trying to preserve RAM, forgetting that I have 2GB.
    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Hypetys

    My 4S’s 512 MB of RAM is total pain in the ass these days it barely holds even 2 pages of safari and music app open at the same time in iOS 7 the phone had more ram to use (the same total 512 MB of course but less are now available to be used) I’ll upgrade one day to newer phone and it’s so great that the 6S and 6S Plus have 2GB of RAM so won’t see this problem with the newer phone any time soon…

    • Tommy

      Your 4S should have long been in the bin by now.

  • Ricky75

    Cause at least for the price apple users pay for their phone at least should have 2 GB of ram a long time ask!

  • Marcio Atouguia

    I completely agree with you Jeff. I know that apple are great at making they hardware work well with their hardware but 1GB of ram was outdated 2 years ago. I’m sure there will be other areas of iOS that are benefiting from the additional RAM

  • rubeN

    Apple pulled a dickmove in not providing the 6/6 plus with 2GB of Memory, they pretty much enticed everyone with big screens.

  • credulousgeek

    Now what should the owners of 6 plus do? Should we dump our phones for low price gosh Apple you disappointed us we wanted 2GB of RAM in older models but they didn’t hear us gross I am feeling like WTF -.-

    • rubeN

      Well they deliberately did this so that you upgrade to the new model.

      • credulousgeek

        marketing tactics nothing more :/

  • 5723alex .

    And still lags.

    • ieatcalcium

      I will vouch for this. I have an s6 Edge. It’s all about software optimization baby. Apple has that over Sammy. It’s all good though because I still like my Samsung better than my 6+ I had when it first came out.

      • Socius

        Know what I tell android users? Go run google’s own octane benchmark. And see how it compares to my result. Then talk as much crap as you’d like. Haha.

      • xPhoenixMoon

        And you know what I tell cocky iPhone users, Samsung makes the processors for the iPhone. If you don’t believe me, look it up.

      • Socius

        You’re not familiar with CPU-gate are you. Lol. Only part of the iPhone’s CPUs are made by Samsung. And it turns out that they get hotter than the ones made by TSMC, and drain battery 20% faster. After they noticed that, they diverted the majority of their Samsung equipped iPhones to be sold in China instead of the United States and Europe. Lol. Samsung can’t do anything right.

      • Major_Tom

        Agreed. I like both OSes ( Note series mainly) but samsung still creates lag. It’ll probably still be lagging with 8 gigs of ram.

  • Footman

    I just opened 20 different tabs on my iPhone 6 and look everything works fine with only 1gb ram.

  • Gary LE

    I think Apple is too embarrassed to say that now it finally comes with two gigs. Thats why do don’t mention it!

  • Major_Tom

    The 6 Plus was my first iPhone but right then and there I knew a faster more efficient process and more ram would make a big difference and it has been. Safari was so annoying

  • jocastro

    apple users are always behind on the times lol.