The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro includes the same amount of RAM as the iPhone SE
Yesterday, Apple took the wraps off its much-anticipated 9.7-inch iPad Pro along with the 4-inch iPhone SE. Prior to the big spring gathering, it was thought that Apple would essentially condense the full-sized iPad Pro down into a smaller bundle. But those seeking a pro-level experience worthy of the name may be disappointed, for Apple seems to have stripped away quite a bit more than sheer size. Though the new slate does include the A9X chipset that keeps the iPad Pro ticking over, we recently learned that it will be a slowed down, underclocked version of the firm's most powerful mobile chip. Furthermore, it would now appear that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro offers a mere 2 gigs of RAM, which is rather underwhelming given that the larger iPad Pro ships with double that.
The fact that Apple develops hardware and software in-house has long since allowed the company to be less spec-heavy and yet still match or best its competitors for real-world performance. But it's not unreasonable to expect a 'Pro' device to at least match a previously-released 'Pro' device under the hood. It seems likely that Apple will continue to tout the 9.7-inch variant as being on the same level iPad Pro but smaller in profile. These early findings, however, sing a slightly different tune.
iPhone SE (left) and iPad Pro 9.7-inch showing 2 GB of RAM
TechCrunch's Matt Panzarino has found that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features 2 GB of RAM, as does the new iPhone SE. Incidentally, it is the same amount of RAM found in the iPad Air 2. This, coupled with the lower clock speed of the new Pro's A9X probably won't equate to a terribly noticeable (if any) drop in day-to-day performance versus the existing iPad Pro. Make no mistake, the 9.7-inch still looks a very solid, capable package. But it has to be said: 2 GB of RAM does not, in today's game, sound like enough on a device targeted at the pro audience.
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