For all of the fanfare surrounding Apple’s release announcements, the company remains tight-lipped on some of the specs of its new devices. When the iPhone SE and the shrunken iPad Pro were announced Monday, the company didn't say how much RAM was in either device. TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino has the new devices in hand, and he's verified that both devices have 2GB of RAM inside.
This news is a bit of a mixed bag. For the iPhone SE, this is good news. 2GB of memory puts it on par with the iPhone 6S, and further supports the “6S in four inches” one-sentence summary of the new phone. The news is less glowing for the mini-iPad Pro, since that tablet is geared more towards power users and multitasking. The 12.9" iPad Pro ships with 4GB of RAM.
While iOS on the iPhone can get by with 2GB of memory, Apple is billing the 9.7" iPad Pro as a laptop replacement. The more capable multitasking chops of that device make 2GB of RAM look a bit limited. This comes on the heels of the news that the A9X processor in the 9.7" Pro is clocked slightly slower than the A9X in the 12.9" version. While the differences between the two devices aren't dramatic, the smaller Pro could end up a little more resource-constrained than its bigger brother.
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