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iPhone 6 Plus Might Be Limited to 1 GB of RAM

Part leaks have previously suggested that the iPhone 6 has just 1 GB of RAM, much like its predecessor the iPhone 5s, but the memory status of the iPhone 6 Plus has thus far remained a mystery, leading many to hope that the larger device has been upgraded to 2 GB of RAM.

New information suggests that the iPhone 6 Plus may not be getting a memory upgrade, and will continue to offer 1GB of RAM like the iPhone 6. A screenshot allegedly from an iPhone 6 Plus depicting what appears to be iPhone monitoring app System Status has surfaced on a Korean message board (via Phone Arena), showing the device's memory maxing out at close to 1 GB.

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Despite the size difference, the appearance of 1 GB of RAM in the iPhone 6 Plus seems to suggest that the two phones have nearly identical internal specifications, both offering the same A8 chip and memory. The larger iPhone 6 Plus does, however, have a larger battery due to its larger size and it also offers optical image stabilization, while the iPhone 6 is limited to electronic image stabilization features.

While the apparent lack of 2 GB of RAM in the iPhone 6 Plus will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to those who were hoping for a memory increase, Apple has to work carefully to balance performance with battery life. Competing devices from companies like Samsung do offer more RAM, but at the cost of performance. Samsung's Galaxy S5, for example, offers impressive battery life at up to 10 hours of Internet browsing and 12 hours of HD movie watching, but it appears the iPhone 6 Plus may exceed that, based on battery information unveiled during the keynote.

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is rumored to include a 2,915 mAh battery that offers up to 12 hours of Internet browsing and 14 hours of HD movie watching. Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be arriving in stores and in the hands of customers on Friday, September 19, which will unveil more concrete information about the device's internals.

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22 months ago
Game over. See you with the 6s. Have fun with Safari reloads and apps being killed on background.
1GB is NOT enough, and iPhone 5s / iPad Air clearly proved it.
Rating: 107 Votes
22 months ago
I'm so shocked


But thank god Apple has a higher profit margin, that's what is most important
Rating: 99 Votes
22 months ago
If you have a problem with the iPhone 6 only having 1 GB of RAM, just buy two iPhones. Now you have 2 GBs of RAM. Problem solved.
Rating: 81 Votes
22 months ago

Game over. See you with 6s


Ok great! More stock available on launch day for others. :)
Rating: 57 Votes
22 months ago
The amount of RAM has little to no impact on battery life.
Rating: 52 Votes
22 months ago
Let the spec nuts go wild while completely missing the point . . .
Rating: 49 Votes
22 months ago
Whatever. It still outperforms competition products. That's really all that matters in the end.
Rating: 36 Votes
22 months ago

Competing devices from companies like Samsung do offer more RAM, but at the cost of performance


And apple offers less ram...but at the cost of performance.
Rating: 36 Votes
22 months ago
Well, if true, let's hope that Apple figured out how to stop that pesky Safari refresh issue.
Rating: 32 Votes
22 months ago
DDR3L is so power efficient that the screen/cpu/wifi/LTE use up so much more power! The power difference between 1gb and 2gb of ram in the real world probably constitutes minutes in battery life. The decision to go with 1gb was decided by marketing and the bean counters, not the engineers...
Rating: 32 Votes

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