Xcode Confirms All 2019 iPhones Feature 4GB RAM, S5 Apple Watch Chip Identical to S4 [Updated]

There was some mixed information about the RAM in the new 2019 iPhone models, which has led to confusion over the course of the last week.

Benchmarks of the new iPhones have continually listed 4GB of RAM in all iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max devices, but a rumor sourced from a certification database suggested there was 6GB RAM in the ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro and Pro Max.

iphone 11 and 11 pro
That led to speculation that perhaps some higher-end capacities might have had 6GB RAM, but it's now been made clear, both through regulatory filings in China and info discovered this morning by Steve Troughton-Smith in Xcode, that every ‌iPhone 11‌, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max model has 4GB RAM.


For the ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro and Pro Max, that's identical to the amount of RAM available in the prior-generation ‌iPhone‌ XS and XS Max, and for the ‌iPhone 11‌, that's up 1GB from the 3GB RAM in the ‌iPhone‌ XR.

Also of note, Troughton-Smith has confirmed that the S5 processor in the Apple Watch Series 5 is identical to the S4 processor in the Apple Watch Series 4, with no performance improvements.


That's not a surprise as Apple mentioned no changes to the chip during its September 10 event and there's no mention of speed or performance increases in the Apple Watch marketing materials, but it's useful to have confirmation.

Internally, the Apple Watch Series 5 is using an updated display that allows for always-on functionality, there's a new compass feature, and 32GB storage, but otherwise, the Apple Watch Series 5 appears to use the same internal components as the Series 4.

Troughton-Smith's Xcode digging has also uncovered new information about the updated 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad. It is equipped with 3GB RAM, up from 2GB in the previous-generation version.


Apple's new ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch models are set to officially launch on Friday, September 20, and teardowns will soon unveil even more information about the new devices. The new seventh-generation ‌iPad‌ will be available on September 30.

Update: Troughton-Smith now says that he's hearing conflicting information about the RAM in the iPhones and is going to look into it further in the firmware.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 7, iPad, iPhone 11
Related Forums: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone

Top Rated Comments

HVDynamo Avatar
27 months ago

I was thinking about getting an Apple Watch S5 as my first Apple Watch, but it feels dumb to buy when there are no performance upgrades and sleep tracking and more significant features are most likely coming next year.
If it's your first apple watch, you get all of the features that have been introduced since 2015 as new to you... If you keep waiting for next year because it will be "better" you will be waiting forever. Now is the time to buy one if you are going to. I have an original Apple watch, and plan on upgrading to the S5 as soon as they hit store shelves.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
27 months ago
I was thinking about getting an Apple Watch S5 as my first Apple Watch, but it feels dumb to buy when there are no performance upgrades and sleep tracking and more significant features are most likely coming next year.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
27 months ago

I was thinking about getting an Apple Watch S5 as my first Apple Watch, but it feels dumb to buy when there are no performance upgrades and sleep tracking and more significant features are most likely coming next year.
More memory and always-on screen are pretty big upgrades IMHO.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThisBougieLife Avatar
27 months ago
You wouldn't think this would be so hard to verify. It's back and forth between 4 and 6 since it was announced. Let's just compromise and say it has 5. :P
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Donnation Avatar
27 months ago
I'm a little disappointed in the watch. I am going to try the always on display to see if its something I like but I was actually hoping for some performance improvements. At the very least I was hoping for some battery improvements. If you use the watch to work out as well as for things like maps the battery takes a major hit and usuallly needs to be charged up if you have a late night. Was hoping for some improvements there, but maybe next year.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nordique Avatar
27 months ago

Shouldn't be a problem since iOS still doesn't have real multi-tasking.
Exactly.

And on iPads which do have real multitasking, even 3GB is enough for that! (mini 5, iOS 13, 3 apps at once - no issues whatsoever)

People are in a furor about this because expectations were incorrectly elevated and now it seems “less than”

I don’t recall an uproar about iPhone 7 or 8 having the same 2GB ram as the 6s being an issue

4GB is probably more than these phones need. When iOS gets real multitasking abilities then perhaps this becomes an issue down the road, but by that point, people complaining about this now will probably have upgraded 1-2 times by then.

When iOS demanded it, Apple has always increased the ram appropriately.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

affinity designer contour tool

Serif Updates Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher With New Tools and Functions

Thursday February 4, 2021 1:58 am PST by
Serif today announced across-the-board updates for its popular suite of Affinity creative apps, including Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and the Apple award-winning Affinity Publisher for Mac, all of which were among the first professional creative suites to be optimized for Apple's new M1 chip. "After another year which saw record numbers of people switching to Affinity, it's exciting to...
studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
maxresdefault

Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Discuss iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, Privacy, Shortcuts on Mac, and More

Saturday June 12, 2021 6:12 am PDT by
As is tradition, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber in an episode of The Talk Show to discuss several announcements that Apple made over this weeks WWDC, including iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and a large focus around privacy. Federighi kicks off the conversation discussing the common architecture, now thanks to Apple silicon, across all of...
youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
adobe photoshop sketch ipad

Adobe Removing Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw From App Store in July

Saturday June 26, 2021 4:02 pm PDT by
Adobe this week reminded customers that its Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw apps will no longer be available for download on iOS and Android starting July 19. Adobe plans to stop supporting the apps for existing users on January 10, 2022. In a support document, Adobe said users can easily migrate to its Fresco app, which combines many Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw drawing and...
REC ASA CODE2016 20160601 205816 2745

Elon Musk Reportedly Demanded to Become Apple CEO as Part of Potential Tesla Acquisition [Update: Musk Denies]

Friday July 30, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly once demanded that he be made Apple CEO in a brief discussion of a potential acquisition with Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook. The claim comes in a new book titled "Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century," as reviewed by The Los Angeles Times. According to the book, during a 2016 phone call between Musk and Cook that touched on the possibility of ...
homepod feature blue2

Looking to Grab a HomePod Before They're Gone? These Retailers Still Have Stock

Monday March 15, 2021 6:54 am PDT by
Apple last week discontinued the original HomePod, marking just over three years on the market for the full-size smart speaker. If you're looking to purchase the larger HomePod before it's completely gone, there are still some options online today. The biggest retailer with remaining stock on the HomePod is Apple itself, which has the White HomePod for $299.00 on its website. Space Gray is...
september 2021 event ar logo

Apple's September 14 Event Page Features AR Logo on iPhone

Tuesday September 7, 2021 9:23 am PDT by
Apple this morning announced a digital-only event that will be held on Tuesday, September 14, and if you view the event webpage on an iPhone, you can tap on the logo to open up Apple's Safari AR viewer and you'll see the three-dimensional logo move in real-time in the real world. Just open up the event site on an ‌iPhone‌ or iPad and tap right on the logo to open up the AR version. The...
iphone 11 night mode photos

Apple Reveals New Night Mode Photo Feature Exclusive to iPhone 11 Series

Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:23 pm PDT by
Apple today announced the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Max, all-new models that boast improved cameras, and specifically, a dramatic new Night Mode photo feature. Last year, Google introduced its impressive Night Sight camera mode, a software-based feature that allows users to take detailed pictures in dark environments using Google Pixel smartphones. Apple's new Night...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...