New tidbits continue to trickle out from the iOS 11 GM code leaked Friday by a suspected Apple employee, including fresh information regarding the 2017 iPhones RAM situation.

iOS developer and, as of late, investigative journalist Steve Troughton-Smith has been able to ascertain that Apple’s flagship iPhone X and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus models would come outfitted with three gigabytes of RAM. As for the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 8 model, it will pack in two gigabytes of RAM, just like iPhone 7, he added last evening.

That’s in line with predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who in February said he expected both a flagship OLED iPhone model and a refreshed edition of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus to come outfitted with three gigabytes of RAM.

The analyst added that the DRAM transfer speed in 2017 iPhones would get speedier by ten to fifteen percent versus the iPhone 7 series for better augmented reality performance.

Like with the current iPhone 7 phones, the added RAM in the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X models is required to process data from its dual-camera system. As the regular iPhone 8 model is expected to have one camera out the back, it won’t need extra RAM.

While some people have been clamoring for more RAM in iOS devices, that’s not really necessary given that iOS is a highly efficient and optimized mobile operating system that runs more smoothly, especially when used for days or weeks without rebooting, than any other Android handset with six gigabytes of RAM.

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This isn’t to say that extra RAM isn’t beneficial in terms of multitasking (like being able to switch between multiple tabs in Safari without reloading) because it is. That said, the average user is mostly unable to discern any visible difference in terms of iOS smoothness between, say, the 2GB iPhone 7 model and its 3GB iPhone 7 Plus counterpart.

Infographic courtesy of TrendForce

It’s also important to note that increasing the RAM puts an additional burden on the battery.

Notably, both the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro come outfitted with four gigabytes of RAM due to their higher-resolution displays and rich multitasking features.

iPhone X mockup top of post via industrial designer Quinton Theron

  • Juniors234

    Many people don’t know this, but having a bigger I/O buffer with RAM is WAYYYY better than simply more RAM in most cases. By increasing the buffer size, you effectively increasing the rate of transfer between the address bus and the CPU chip. Many android fans laugh at iPhones saying oh, “It has a puny 2GB or 3GB RAM! and my One Plus Phone has 6GB!” Fools. Apple is smart in that rather than shoving more RAM into their iphones( which would even drive up more the already high cost) they simply improve upon what is there. If you have a higher resolution display, then more RAM is needed. If you got a 1080p display 2-3 GB of RAM should suffice most of the time for a smooth experience. Leave the excessive amounts of RAM for PC Gamers and custom PC enthusiasts who actually need it.

    • You basically contradicted yourself in the end by giving examples of how more ram is better.

      • Juniors234

        No i didnt. My entire argument was centered around the article and the iPhone in particular. I was simply stating that more RAM for mobile phones is not as important as have faster RAM with a wider buffer to improve device performance. You cannot compare apples and oranges. A gaming PC requires significantly much more processing power to deliver the best graphical experience than a mobile phone. Which is why i said exactly that the idea of having lots of RAM should be left to PCs and gaming computers. The 1080p display i mentioned was referring to that on the current iPhone 7 Plus which is exactly 1920×1080. As a long time android user who only switched to an iPhone 7 Plus in February this year, it has been the smoothest most pleasing experience i have had on any phone in a long time. I used to own a Google Pixel with 4 GB of RAM and the performance was lack luster IMHO . Perhaps this was because of the software optimization for Android N (at that time) coupled with the lower performance RAM chips used in the device. AGAIN, more RAM in a mobile doesn’t always equate to better performance.

      • mickey

        I agree with what you’re saying but it is also apples and oranges comparing iOS and android performance let alone with completely different hardware.

        As for more ram/better specs I’m all for it. As a jailbreaker, our devices can be a little more demanding than a stock device.

      • Juniors234

        Also if you knew about this, you would know that the latest One Plus phone has 6 GB of RAM, while running a 1080p display. So i actually maintain my point of view in my first argument. I don’t contradict it. More RAM is not necessary. Faster RAM is more important. 🙂

  • Sailor_V90

    I’m curious to know what the base storage for the iPhone 7s (or 8 or whatever) will be? Will the new standard be 64gb or will it still be 32gb?

  • RobDigital413

    What’s the point of updating from a 7 plus if the ram is the same? …..I don’t care what the ram does to the battery that’s my problem….if the RAM is still 3gbs it’s not an upgrade. Even the OLED phone is 3gbs and it’s $200 more …..

    • :D

      You may not care about the battery but other people do. The iPhone X isn’t being built specially for you.

  • Geert Matthys

    Well enjoy guys, I’ll be rocking that 8gb ram. Sure its a lot worse but I’ll manage