From iPhone 11 to iPhone 13 Series: How much RAM These Phones Featured?

Apple will pack 6GB of RAM in the non-Pro 2022 iPhone 14 models, according to a new report.

iPhone 13 Pro Max (left) and iPhone 13 mini (right)

iPhone 14 series is said to get some major upgrades under the hood. The Pro models, specifically, are said to get an all-new design and a more powerful performance unit under the hood. The vanilla iPhone 14 and the 14 Max are rumoured to sport the same iPhone 13-like design and even share the same A15 Bionic chip. One area where the non-Pro models will see an upgrade is the RAM.

According to a recent report by TrendForce, Apple will pack 6GB of RAM in the non-Pro 2022 iPhone models for the first time. This is a considerable upgrade over the previous generation models, which have featured 4GB of RAM.

iPhone 14 to Feature More RAM?

Apple is likely to bump up the RAM on the iPhone 14 models later this year. The vanilla models could see 6GB of RAM for the first time. The company typically does not announce the RAM details of its iPhone models. However, various benchmark and certification websites often reveal the details following the launch of an iPhone model.

The iPhone 11, for instance, came with 4GB of RAM under the hood. The iPhone 12 also came with 4GB of RAM but that year, Apple upgraded the RAM to 6GB on the Pro models. The same is the case with the iPhone 13 series. The non-Pro iPhone 13 models come with 4GB of RAM, whereas the Pro iPhone 13 models feature 6GB of RAM.

From iPhone 11 to iPhone 13 – How much RAM these phones feature

iPhone 11 – 4GB of RAM
iPhone 11 Pro – 4GB of RAM
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini – 4GB of RAM
iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max – 6GB of RAM
iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini – 4GB of RAM
iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max – 6GB of RAM

The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are said to match the iPhone 14 Pro’s 6GB RAM. However, Apple is said to pack LPDDR4X RAM in the non-Pro models, whereas the Pro models will get the faster and more efficient LPDDR5 RAM.

Does more RAM help?

To keep it very simple, RAM is short for Random Access Memory. Its primary job is to store apps and data that are currently being used by the operating system. The more the RAM, the more the buffer memory. This means that the phone could load apps faster depending on the type of RAM inside. Flagship smartphones these days come with LPDDR5 RAM, whereas a few mid-range and upper mid-range phones come with LPDDR4x RAM. 

Since it is temporary storage for the OS, RAM needs to be very fast for apps to get in and out quickly. If a phone has less RAM than what the OS requires, users might experience that apps are closing either in the background or the phone feels relatively slow when you switch to another one.

Apple iPhone models typically do not match Android flagships when it comes to the spec sheet. Yet, the iPhone often beats Android smartphones when it comes to performance. A key difference between the two sides here is that Apple has better control over its hardware and software. This translates to better optimisation, resulting in the iPhone performing smoother despite the lower RAM numbers.

So, it is not always that the more the RAM, the faster the phone as optimisation plays a major role here.

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