Redesigned iPad Mini Has Increased 4GB of RAM, iPad 9 Remains at 3GB

Apple this week introduced a redesigned sixth-generation iPad mini that looks much closer to the current iPad Air, with slimmer bezels, a Touch ID power button, a USB-C port, compatibility with the second-generation Apple Pencil, and more.

ipad mini purple
The new iPad mini is equipped with the same A15 Bionic chip as iPhone 13 models, and while Apple doesn’t advertise the amount of RAM in the device, MacRumors can confirm that the new iPad mini has 4GB of RAM, an increase from 3GB of in the previous iPad mini. We can also confirm the ninth-generation iPad has the same 3GB of RAM as the eighth-generation model. These amounts were revealed in strings contained within the Xcode 13 beta.

For comparison, the iPad Pro is available with up to 16GB of RAM depending on storage capacity, while the latest iPad Air has 4GB of RAM.

The same type of Xcode strings accurately revealed the amount of RAM in iPhone 12 models last year and in several previous iPhone generations. Teardowns and regulatory filings should provide further confirmation in the coming days.

The new iPad mini and iPad models are available to order now on Apple's website and launch on Friday, September 24.

Related Roundups: iPad mini, iPad
Related Forum: iPad

Top Rated Comments

tgwaste Avatar
9 months ago
ipad mini stole the show. bought it immediately.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Channan Avatar
9 months ago

Apple never advertises the amount of RAM in iPads
Never?



Attachment Image
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mthomas184 Avatar
9 months ago

Wow, talk about stingy in 2021. My 10.5 iPad Pro can barely keep an app open with 4 GB of ram.
I call straight BS. My iPad Pro has 0 issues keeping ANY apps open.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TSE Avatar
9 months ago
The mini was the real winner at this announcement.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
specious Avatar
9 months ago
This is the iPad to beat now. Pair it with a cheap external monitor, BT keyboard and Magic Trackpad and you have a mobile office workhorse. Ordered Purple, my first non-black or white electronic device potentially ever.

Would have preferred 8GB of RAM tho. But still, it'll do.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mi7chy Avatar
9 months ago

I call straight BS. My iPad Pro has 0 issues keeping ANY apps open.
There’s no such thing as keeping apps open since iPadOS 14 limits background time to at most 1 minute. Down from 2 minutes and 7 minutes with older versions. It restores a screenshot when restoring app with static content to foreground so it looks transparent but dynamic content will reload. To see for yourself, go to https://www.time.gov/ with browser, put in background, wait 5 secs, restore to foreground and watch it reload. Works properly on other OS’ MacOS, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, Android, etc.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

ipad mini purple

Expercom Arrives With First Discounts on New 10.2-Inch iPad and 8.3-Inch iPad Mini

Tuesday September 14, 2021 1:49 pm PDT by
In the wake of announcements for a new iPad mini and new iPad, Expercom has introduced the first cash discounts on these 2021 tablets. Expercom typically is the first Apple reseller to have solid discounts on its latest products, but shoppers should note estimated shipping times can stretch as far as six weeks. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Expercom. When you click a link and...
iPad mini pro feature

iPad Mini Finally Getting Major Update With Pro Design and Larger Display

Friday June 25, 2021 3:12 am PDT by
Apple is planning to give the iPad mini a major update this year, including a Pro-style redesign with a larger display, according to recent reports. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Webby Wu, the updated ‌iPad mini‌ will feature narrower screen bezels, with Apple also testing a model that does away with the Home button, in a design that sounds closer to the current iPad Air....
iPhone SE 3 stacked

Third-Generation iPhone SE Features Increased 4GB of RAM

Wednesday March 9, 2022 11:15 am PST by
Apple this week unveiled a third-generation iPhone SE, with key new features being an A15 chip, 5G support, longer battery life, camera enhancements, and more durable glass. While not advertised by Apple, the new iPhone SE also features more RAM. With assistance from developer Moritz Sternemann, MacRumors has confirmed that the third-generation iPhone SE features 4GB of RAM, compared to 3GB...
iPad Air Feature 2 teal

iPad Air 5 to Offer Long-Overdue Features

Monday January 31, 2022 2:25 am PST by
Apple is poised to launch the fifth-generation iPad Air in the spring, offering an array of features that have largely already come to other iPad models, according to recent reports. According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple is planning to give the fifth-generation iPad Air features from the sixth-generation iPad mini, including the A15 Bionic chip, a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera ...
ipad pro with m1 chip

Apps Reportedly Limited to Maximum of 5GB RAM in iPadOS, Even With 16GB M1 iPad Pro

Friday May 28, 2021 3:32 am PDT by
Despite Apple offering the M1 iPad Pro in configurations with 8GB and 16GB of RAM, developers are now indicating that apps are limited to just 5GB of RAM usage, regardless of the configuration the app is running on. The M1 iPad Pro comes in two memory configurations; the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models feature 8GB of RAM, while the 1TB and 2TB variants offer 16GB of memory, the highest ever...
ipad mini 3

Hands-On With the New iPad Mini 6

Tuesday September 28, 2021 12:11 pm PDT by
Apple last week launched an updated version of the iPad mini, which has been entirely overhauled with an iPad Air-like design. The new mini is basically a smaller version of the iPad Air, and we thought we'd check it out and share first impressions after 48 hours with the little tablet. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. With an 8.3-inch display, the iPad mini has a...
iPad mini pro feature

Apple Developing a Whole New Kind of iPad Mini

Wednesday July 14, 2021 3:12 am PDT by
Apple is believed to be working on a completely new, Pro-style version of the iPad mini, according to recent reports. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Apple is planning to launch a new iPad mini model with narrower screen bezels, with the company also testing a design that does away with the Home button. However, it seems that this is more than a Pro-style redesign of...
iPad Air Feature 2 green

Buyer's Guide: Don't Buy an iPad Air Right Now – New Model Imminent

Monday February 21, 2022 2:16 am PST by
The fifth-generation iPad Air is expected to arrive in less than a week with a number of notable features and improvements, so prospective customers should now hold off on buying an iPad Air until the new model arrives. According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple is planning to give the fifth-generation iPad Air features from the sixth-generation iPad mini. This seems plausible since the...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
apple music

Apple Increases Apple Music Subscription Price for Students in Several Countries

Sunday May 22, 2022 1:57 am PDT by
Apple has silently increased the price of its Apple Music subscription for college students in several countries, with the company emailing students informing them their subscription would be slightly increasing in price moving forward. The price change is not widespread and, based on MacRumors' findings, will impact Apple Music student subscribers in but not limited to Australia, the...
iPhone 13 Face ID

'High-End' iPhone 14 Front-Facing Camera to Cost Apple Three Times More

Monday May 23, 2022 7:05 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 will feature a more expensive "high-end" front-facing camera with autofocus, partly made in South Korea for the first time, ET News reports. Apple reportedly ousted a Chinese candidate to choose LG Innotek, a South Korean company, to supply the iPhone 14's front-facing camera alongside Japan's Sharp. The company is said to have originally planned to switch to LG for the iPhone...