iPhone 12 Pro series have 6GB of RAM, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini just get 4GB
The newly launched iPhone 12 series models’ RAM allotments have been viewed by MacRumours on plist files in the Xcode 12.1 beta. And as per those files, it has been revealed that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are equipped with 6GB of RAM and the two lower variants, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini have 4GB of RAM.
Apple never reveals the RAM allotments on its devices so when new products are launched all we get to know are what variants the onboard storage is going to come at. That’s also been the case this year when Apple launched four iPhones at the “Hi, Speed” event on October 13.
The plist files viewed by MacRumours have “accurately revealed” the amount of RAM on several generations of iPhones and a “seemingly legitimate” Geekbench result for the iPhone 12 Pro mentions 6GB of RAM. To compare, all the iPhones launched last year, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max came with 4GB of RAM.
With increased RAM and the faster A14 Bionic chip, the new iPhone Pro models should come boosted with significant performance improvement over the older iterations. The benchmark result for the iPhone 12 Pro shows that the A14 chip has “roughly the same single-core performance as in the new iPad Air, although its multi-core score is significantly lower”.
MacRumours explains that “this could be due to Geekbench being run on the iPhone shortly after it was set up, which can result in temporarily lower scores” and adds that we'll have to wait for more benchmark results to know for sure.
Besides this, the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 have been launched in three storage variants - 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The iPhone 12 Pro begins with a 128GB and then comes at a 256GB and a 512GB variant. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, the flagship for this year, is going to come only in a 512GB variant.