iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2 RAM test

The iPhone 6s made a big difference when browsing the web with Safari when compared to previous iPhones. This can primarily be attributed to the addition of an extra gigabyte of RAM in Apple’s latest flagship phone, which brought its total amount up to 2GB.

The iPad Pro takes the amount of RAM found in iOS devices a step further. It features a whopping 4GB of RAM—double the amount found in the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6s. This means that the iPad Pro contains more RAM than any other iOS device since the platform’s inception.

The result? Unsurprisingly, when compared to the next most powerful iPad, the iPad Air 2, the iPad Pro performs much better when it comes to keeping web pages loaded in memory. Hence, browsing the web tends to be a smoother and more cohesive experience on the iPad Pro when compared to lesser equipped iPads. Watch our video walkthrough and see for yourself.

Like the previous video that showcased the iPhone 6s Plus vs the iPhone 6 Plus, this video showcasing the iPad Pro vs the iPad Air 2 pretty much speaks for itself. Yes, the iPad Air 2 is powerful, and has a healthy 2GB of RAM, but 4GB is just plain better, and this Safari tab test easily proves as much.

Not only is the iPad Pro’s massive 12.9″ screen superior for browsing the web, but the extra 2GB of RAM makes a real world difference when browsing the web, and multitasking. It’s a feature that Apple doesn’t tout on its iPad Pro product page, but it’s certainly a big deal, don’t you think?

  • Eikast

    Nice demonstration Jeff. Unfortunately I’m the kind of guy who feels obliged to close things when I’m done using them. How do you feel about using the iPad pro in portrait? I was disappointed to learn that the iPad pro doesn’t have the option to split the keyboard in portrait. I’m hoping that it’s something that they’ll introduce in iOS 10.

    • Yeah, I should probably get into that habit. I tend to leave my Safari browser littered with tabs. As far as split keyboard goes, who knows. I never used it, but I understand that a lot of people do. Hopefully it comes back before iOS 10. Maybe 9.3.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Jeff, you gave the wrong link in the description about iPad Pro review.

  • Danny Téllez

    Luckily I don’t browse twenty web pages at a time.

    • Hah. Well that was just a demonstration. It helps in more ways than that, but it was the easiest way to demonstrate the difference between the two.

      • Danny Téllez

        True. I do love how iPad Air 2 can be locked for a few days and I come back to Spotify to find it in the exact same location. Imagine what the iPad pro will be able to hold open like that!

  • jakeopp

    Browsing on the my second gen iPad mini has become pretty painful in the last year, the days of 1GB RAM being usable are fading away it seems.

    • jakeopp

      Thought about upgrading to a an Air but it seems the upgrade cycle was skipped this year. I can never convince myself to purchase ‘old’ tech lol.

      • Eikast

        Honestly the iPad Air 2 is still a beast today. I think that the only reason why Apple didn’t upgrade it this year was because they wanted to push the iPad Pro. The iPad Air 2 seems like the new iPad 2.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Can we just call the iPad Pro the Air 3 Plus. LOL.

  • Test seemed to go differently the first time with the 2 gb ram iPhones.

    • Tony V

      was thinking the same thing

  • Gucciipad

    Ty. Thinking about ditching my laptop. Finding a cheap laptop or get an iMac. The. iPad pro is my laptop.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    If not obvious enough already

  • iPhoneWINS

    that thing is huge and boring…

    • besrate hogsa

      huge and boring
      that should be the slogan for iPad pro
      if you looking for something huge and boring
      there is the iPad pro

  • rockdude094

    Ever heard of Adblock ?

  • Bendy

    Yeah I love how Jeff said something like (not exactly, you trolls) heavy webpages. iDownlaodblog is so heavy it is ridiculous. I only use the ad blocker on here/

  • Benedict

    Where are those guys who claimed that Android with it’s 2-3 GB devices needs it, because it is RAM hungry !? Seems iOS also needs it to run smooth.

  • Arjan Vlek

    Well my iPad 4 already needs some time to load one site (the Verge) at a time, let alone 20! Also very annoying was the message ‘a problem occurred with this webpage so it was reloaded’, but since iOS 9 this only happens very rarely but almost all the times it happens is on this site 🙁

  • @sexyhamthing

    You made a video outlining why pancake mix makes pancakes

  • iham

    Use CHROME
    Those tabs will fly open and won’t run into the tab limit.
    Safari is a POS no matter the os environment.