The new iPhone SE features 4GB of RAM for a smoother multitasking experience

At four gigabytes, the increased RAM in Apple’s third-generation iPhone SE brings perks such as smoother multitasking and faster app performance.

All colors of the third-generation iPhone SE
  • iPhone SE 3 features 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB of RAM in the previous model
  • The extra RAM allows for smoother multitasking and faster app performance
  • Apple does not disclose the amount of RAM in non-Mac devices like iPhones

How much RAM does the third-generation iPhone SE have?

Based on code strings unearthed from Apple’s Xcode by developer Moritz Sternemann, MacRumors has been able to confirm that the third-generation iPhone SE is indeed equipped with four gigabytes of memory instead of three gigabytes in the previous, second-generation iPhone SE.

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

The same type of Xcode strings have accurately revealed the amount of RAM in several generations of iPhones and iPads. For example, the strings revealed that the sixth-generation iPad mini also has an increased 4GB of RAM.

The RAM expansion was also corroborated by a Geekbench score confirming that the new iPhone SE is on par with the iPhone 13 in terms of CPU performance.

Our take: iPhone SE 3 will offer at least 5 years of updates

More RAM is also great for future-proofing although the CPU is even more important in that regard. And with the latest A15 Bionic chip and increased RAM, you’re going to get at least five years of iOS updates from a $429 phone.

Aside from Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip and 5G cellular networking (sans support for the mmWave band), the third-generation iPhone SE features computational photography improvements stemming from the new chip, as well as longer battery life and more durable glass protection on both the front and the back.

Pricing and availability

Available in 64GB/128GB/256GB models in the Midnight, Starlight and (PRODUCT)RED color options, the new iPhone SE starts at $429 in the US.

You can pre-order yours starting at 5am Pacific Time on Friday, March 11, from Retail availability starts Friday, March 18 in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan and more than 30 other countries and regions. The third-generation iPhone SE is also available through Apple’s authorized resellers and select carriers. Read: 3 ways to find your carrier on iPhone