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iPhone RAM Size Comparison Chart: All Models Listed

How much RAM does your iPhone have? Check out our handy iPhone RAM size comparison chart and find it – all major models and variations are included…


Apple’s iPhones have traditionally always used less RAM than their Android counterparts. The reason for this has to do with the different ways Android and iOS use memory. Apple’s iOS is designed to run on less RAM, while Android requires more for the same. And it always has been.

That’s what you’ve been able to buy Android phones with laptop-sized RAM for years, while Apple’s iPhones have always come with far less. Even Apple’s iPhone 11 comes with just 4GB of RAM, while the OnePlus 9 comes with either 8GB or 12GB, depending on the model you choose.

But how much RAM does your iPhone have? To answer this question quickly and easily, I’ve compiled all of Apple’s iPhones below in a table. In the right column, you’ll see the exact amounts of RAM for each of Apple’s iPhones.

As you’ll see, the amount of RAM used in the iPhone has grown significantly over the years, but it’s still far less than what you’ll find in most Android phones.

iPhone RAM size comparison chart

iPhone model Amount of RAM
iPhone 14 iPhone 14 – 6GB
iPhone 14 Plus – 6GB
iPhone 14 Pro – 8GB
iPhone 14 Pro Max – 8GB
iPhone 13 iPhone 13 – 4GB
iPhone 13 Pro – 6GB
iPhone 13 Pro Max – 6GB
iPhone 13 Mini
– 4 GIGABYTES
iPhone 12 iPhone 12 – 4GB
iPhone 12 Pro – 6GB
iPhone 12 Pro Max – 6GB
iPhone 12 Mini
4 gigabytes
iPhone 11 iPhone 11 – 4GB
iPhone 11 Pro – 4GB
iPhone 11 Pro Max
– 4 GIGABYTES
iPhone XR iPhone XR – 3GB of RAM
iPhone XS iPhone XS – 3GB RAM
iPhone XS Max – 3GB RAM
iPhone X iPhone X – 3GB RAM
iPhone 8 iPhone 8 – 2GB RAM
iPhone 8 Plus – 3GB RAM
iPhone 7 iPhone 7 – 2GB RAM
iPhone 7 Plus – 3GB RAM
iPhone 6s iPhone 6s – 2GB RAM
iPhone 6s Plus – 2GB RAM
How much RAM each iPhone model has, from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 13 range

RAM, memory and storage – what’s the difference?

If you’re not familiar with the concept of RAM, you might be confused about what exactly it means. RAM stands for random access memory and is NOT the same as your phone’s memory. For example, The iPhone 13 Pro Max has 6 GB of RAM and is available in a range of storage options – from 128GB to 1TB of internal storage.

RAM is related to your phone’s internal processes, while storage is where all your local files are stored on your device.

Apple also doesn’t discuss the amount of RAM their iPhones come with. This means that every time a new iPhone is released, we have to use tools to find out the exact amount of RAM that is being used in the phone. Why Apple doesn’t just confirm how much RAM its phones use is a mystery – I guess it feels like it’s cheapening the launch event or something.

Can you upgrade your phone’s RAM?

Unlike PCs and some Macs, the memory (RAM) used in your iPhone is fixed. The RAM module itself is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be updated. This means you’re stuck with whatever RAM your phone came with. However, this is the same with all phones, whether they run iOS or Android.

You can expand the memory on some phones, but that requires an SD slot, and phones that work with SD cards are becoming increasingly rare these days. Samsung used the equipment of all its own phones with an SD slot but it stopped doing so by the time Samsung released the Galaxy S2o.

In the context of the iPhone, you’ve never been able to expand the memory or upgrade the RAM. That’s why it’s important to ALWAYS make sure you buy an iPhone with enough storage space. For most people 128GB will be fine. But if you’re going to use your iPhone for a lot of video and photography sessions, you might want to consider a 256GB or 512GB model instead.

Amount of RAM for iPhone 14

Apple’s iPhone 14 series may be something of an incremental update, but there are changes more or less everywhere inside. The base model iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus now come with 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini come with 4GB.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Max come with 8GB of RAM – again 2GB more than their predecessors. This combined with Apple’s new A17 CPU does 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max two of the most powerful iPhones ever released by the company.

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Does more RAM mean better performance?

In most cases, having more RAM will improve the way your device — be it a phone or a computer — performs when performing tasks. More RAM means there is more memory available to store older and current tasks as well as new ones. But with phones — specifically iOS and Android phones — things get a little more nuanced. And it all comes down to how the software interacts with the hardware.

Apple makes and designs every component of the iPhone (and iPad). It designed iOS with its A-series chips and its own GPU. It knows exactly what its CPU and GPU can do, and it knows exactly how to get optimal performance out of them with the least amount of RAM. Apple’s iOS platform is essentially custom-built for the iPhone’s internal components, and that makes it very efficient.

Android works completely differently; it’s an interpretive operating system that uses the Android RunTime to make the phone run. This extra step makes it more RAM dependent than iOS, which runs natively with no runtime required. That’s why Android phones have always used a lot more RAM than iPhones – they just need more to run.

Apple’s approach to how it makes phones, the fact that it manufactures and designs its own CPUs and GPUs, and the fact that iOS runs natively on iPhone hardware all ensure that Apple can get more performance out of less raw hardware . That’s why an iPhone running on half the RAM of a comparable iPhone will always have better overall performance. Apple’s chips are more powerful and iOS is more efficient than Android. And when you talk about productivity, efficiency is everything.

This is why you can use an iPhone MUCH longer than an Android phone. Apple’s iPhones get updates for a longer time – 7 to 8 years – and don’t tend to break or experience as many problems as Android phones in general. That’s why the refurbished iPhones – they cost 40% less than new – are such a good buy: you’ll get a killer iPhone, like the iPhone 11 Pro Maxfor about half the price of the latest entry-level base model, which will currently be the iPhone 13.

And check iPad RAM size comparison chart and on Apple Watch RAM size comparison chart!!

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has worked as a technology journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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