Apple iPhone memory sizes from the beginning until iPhone 12 Pro Max (RAM Size)

Fun fact: Up to date, though the latest iPhone bears the name iPhone 12, but in fact Apple has released 29 models of iPhone since 2007!

See how iPhone has evolved overtime – from the memory size point of view, in this particular is RAM size. To me, RAM is one of the key indicator apart from CPU, how complex and at the same time how efficient an operating system is. While the bigger the size of RAM is definitely better and helps, but bigger memory may not be required if the underlying operating system and processes are fully optimized.

And this is one of the reason I like Apple, using limited amount of memory (RAM size) when you compared to nearest competitors – Android (Samsung, Huawei, Sony), iPhone with lower amount of memory can do a lot better – as seen on benchmarks and comparisons video, all thanks to tightly coupled hardware and software, worked together by the same company.

Here you go. These are the iPhone RAM size since the beginning till now – 2020.

#ModelYear ReleaseRAM Size
1iPhone 2G2007128 MB
2iPhone 3G2008128 MB
3iPhone 3GS2009256 MB
4iPhone 42010512 MB
5iPhone 4S2011512 MB
6iPhone 520121 GB
7iPhone 5C20131 GB
8iPhone 5S20131 GB
9iPhone 620141 GB
10iPhone 6 Plus20141 GB
11iPhone 6S20152 GB
12iPhone 6S Plus20152 GB
13iPhone SE20162 GB
14iPhone 720162 GB
15iPhone 7 Plus20163 GB
16iPhone 820173 GB
17iPhone 8 Plus20173 GB
18iPhone X20173 GB
19iPhone XR20183 GB
20iPhone XS 20183 GB
21iPhone XS Max20184 GB
22iPhone 1120194 GB
23iPhone 11 Pro20194 GB
24iPhone 11 Pro Max20194 GB
25iPhone SE 2nd Gen20203 GB
26iPhone 1220204 GB
27iPhone 12 Mini20204 GB
28iPhone 12 Pro20206 GB
29iPhone 12 Pro Max20206 GB

Is iPhone RAM Size considered small?

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Apple iPhone 11 has only 4GB of RAM. Image courtesy of Apple.com

As you can see from the list above, iPhone on the early days has a very small amount of RAM – in fact until today, the latest and greatest iPhone (as of 2020 is the iPhone 12 Pro Max) has only 6GB of RAM. While it’s getting more comparable now to Android flagship, but still iPhone RAM size is considered small especially if you compare it with the highest Android flagship specs.

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For comparison, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, released on the same year iPhone 11 was released, has 12GB of RAM – Image courtesy of https://www.theverge.com

However like mentioned earlier, since Apple made both the hardware (read: iPhone) and the software (read: iOS), Apple can fully optimize the OS to make use of the limited RAM size as efficient as they can, which in results, more often iPhone with smaller RAM size are winning the speed test with Android devices (you don’t believe me? Google or see them at YouTube).

Do you wish Apple give bigger RAM to its iPhone? Does RAM size matter for you? Share your thoughts and comments down below on the comment section.


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