9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE confirmed to have 2GB of RAM

By , Mar 22, 2016

iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro With 2GB of RAM

With Apple’s announcement of the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at the ‘Let us loop you in’ event, there has been a ton of excitement over the amount of power built into these smaller packages.

Following the event, iDB shared the tech specs of the iPhone SE and the tech specs of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but one of the things Apple never shares and prefers to keep to itself are the RAM specs for its devices. New information on Tuesday reveals both devices come with 2GB of RAM.

2GB of RAM

First shared by TechCrunch‘s own Matthew Panzarino, who managed to get a hardware statistic app to run on the devices while going hands-on with it, 2GB of RAM is present on both the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

This, in addition to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s under-clocked A9X processor, may take a serious bite out of the smaller professional tablet’s performance.

Panzarino also shared images of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro running the popular Geekbench benchmark utility, and it shows that the smaller pro tablet has a clock speed of 2.16 GHz, which is down from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s 2.24 GHz.

The iPhone SE, on the other hand, reportedly does not have any under-clocking present in its A9 chip, which means it should perform just the same as any iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

Good or bad?

For the iPhone SE, 2GB of RAM is a good thing. It puts the device on par with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which both have 2GB of RAM themselves. As shown with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 1GB of RAM just doesn’t cut it, and may cause issues with device performance.

On the other hand, seeing 2GB of RAM on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a bit of a disappointment because it’s a shocking downgrade from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which comes with a hefty 4GB of RAM. For professionals, who will be doing a lot of multitasking with large apps on the iPad Pro, 4GB was an exciting number.

Unfortunately, because the little brother of the larger iPad Pro has half of the memory, it puts it more inline with the iPad Air 2 than anything else, and further supports the notion that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro may be an overpriced iPad Air 2 upgrade with a starting price tag of $599 and going up from there.

Wrapping up

For many, this is going to be a deal-breaker that will have consumers flocking either to the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, or to the slightly older iPad Air 2, which received a slight price drop as of yesterday’s announcements.

2GB of RAM is perfect for the iPhone SE because it’s smaller and can perform well on it, but a pro tablet like the 9.7-inch iPad Pro would have been expected to come with the same 4GB that comes in its bigger brother. This is because such a device is targeted towards an audience that will use different kinds of software suites, like Office, iLife, and iWork, which are naturally memory hogs.

What are your thoughts on seeing 2GB of RAM in both the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro? Share in the comments!

Source: MacRumors

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  • Jackson Grong

    MacBook Retina all the way, iPads are just toys.

  • Miqdad

    Gutted

  • Blip dude

    “but a pro tablet like the 9.7-inch iPad Pro would have been expected to come with the same 4GB that comes in its bigger brother. This is because such a device is targeted towards an audience that will use different kinds of software suites, like Office, iLife, and iWork, which are naturally memory hogs.”

    Why??? I can MAYBE see an iPad Pro requiring 4GB of RAM, but if someone can use memory hogs like Office on an iPad Air 2 with only 2GB of RAM, with the notes app and a few safari tabs open, why would it make a difference on this??

    “it puts it more inline with the iPad Air 2 than anything else, and further supports the notion that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro may be an overpriced iPad Air 2 upgrade”

    Heh, You don’t say??

  • Anyone thinking that iphone 7 and 7 plus will have 2gb but the “PRO” will have 4gb? I can see it.

    • Fanboy 

      Not a chance

    • No and I also don’t see there being a plus and a pro. I’m definitely thing the pro will replace the plus model.

    • Rodney Coleman

      There’s a chance I believe it. Hence the word PRO

  • xoFoxtail

    Makes my decision of replacing my 6s with the SE a little more difficult.

  • How’s the battery on the se?

  • Steve Harvey

    All of us 13 inch owners are happy!

    • Jeffrey

      I’ve been happy with my 13 inch badboy since I entered puberty, yes.

  • Wow the SE has 2Gbs of Ram that’s surprising…

  • Valinor

    Iphone SE design makes it feel like my iphone 5 again. They should have tweaked the design more, maybe givin it rounded edges.
    Then I would have had no doubts and swapped my iphone 6 for it.
    But design is as important for me as specs….. And even though its a nice design, I do like “showing off” new stuff :p

  • Richmond Ong

    Was really expecting 4GB on the small iPad pro…..

  • JayDee917

    Wow, very disappointed. How can Apple call it an iPad Pro, sharing the exact same name as the previous, larger Pro, but cut the RAM in half? An iPad marketed towards professions has the same amount of RAM as Apple’s budget phone? It just doesn’t make sense.

    This is an iPad Air 3.

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    i was so ready to pre order the iPad at 12am Thursday on the dot. but now i am staying with my dear old iPad Air !

  • Enid

    I’m with you on that. I’m planning on trading my 6s for the SE. I love being able access every part of the phone with one hand, and it’s just not possible with the 6s. I gave it a shot, and it’s just not for me. That said, how exactly do you trade in a new device that is still being payed for for another one? Not sure how it’s done or what options to explore.

  • triggerhappypunk

    i’ve read somewhere else that the 9.7 iPad Pro actually has 4GB memory. trying to confirm this with Apple.

  • triggerhappypunk

    the 9.7 iPad Pro has the A9X chip, which has 4GB internal memory.

    • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has 2GB of memory and runs a modified A9X chip that is under-clocked.

  • Petr

    iPhone 4S looked even better tho

  • Guy

    iPad Air 2 lives on. 9.7 iPad Pro failed to bring the biggest pro feature 4gb of ram.