The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro includes the same amount of RAM as the iPhone SE

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. 

Do you believe Apple has scrimped unnecessarily, or is the new slate's power sufficient enough? Let us know of your thoughts via the comments.

Related phones

iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9X, Dual-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 7306 mAh
iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Unordinary unregistered

Now bring the Apple Pencil to the 7 Plus. Just make sure the haters won't be able to say, "You're inserting it wrong".

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Bruh. iPad Pro: Bottleneck Edition

64. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

2gb of ram simply means it is not a pro device. Apple once again sticking it to the little guy.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They wont, because the Apple Pencil wont even have a dedicated silo on the phone. Unless you count the stupid charging method as inserting.

20. Unordinary unregistered

Can you tell me the fate of my future as well :) ?

40. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You'll continue bashing non-Apple stuff. LOL

45. Unordinary unregistered

Just praised Samsung earlier today. LOL

48. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Good for you then. Good thing you aren't like Mxy, who is the Techiexp of the other side, only with much shorter comments.

30. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 9.7in pro is still better than the 12.9in hands down. Unlocked chip so what 9.7 will still perform better than 12.9 and 2gbs of ram is more than enough.

37. Unordinary unregistered

What are you even babbling about? All I did was compliment the stylus. Calm down buddy. Jeez.

39. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lol chill bro, I just used your comment to post because I didn't want to scroll to the bottom lol.

46. Unordinary unregistered


53. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Now a legit comment about the apple pencil. NoToFanboys might be right about the 7 Plus not coming with a spot to carry the pencil but that doesn't mean it won't have support for it. Apple could use pencil support for the 7 Plus to offer an official case that comes with a spot to carry the pencil they could even offer a slight discount for buying both the pencil and case together, would be a great way for Apple to make even more money off the 7 Plus......hell the regular 7 as well.

55. Unordinary unregistered

Can't they just increase the width of the phone by a few mm and slide a pencil up in there?

56. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They could but seeing as Apple is already getting rid of the headphone jack I don't see that happening, and they would make more money offering the pencil separate and a case to go with it. Apple could always offer a special edition 7 plus with it's own pencil that doesn't cost $118

58. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

underclocked chip*************, smh at auto correct.

44. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple once claimed stylus sucks and the BigiPadPro will kill PC. See what they are doing now.

47. Unordinary unregistered

A lot of things sucked 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago that made more sense 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years later. Use your brain

50. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That happens when Apple runs out of innovative ideas. So they use other company's idea which they claimed sh!tty before.

60. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Stylus on a tiny phablet screen sucks yes. And they are sticking to that so far.

59. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Apple wont release a stylus for a phone. Simple really.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow 2GB of Ram.....Pro Crap indeed. Apple you failed once again!

10. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Apple is doomed for real pulling crap like this. I had my money ready. The camera bump was bad enough, but 2gb? You kidding? Apple went full retard.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And like Kirk Lazarus said: You never go full retard

35. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Apple went full retard for pricing this thing for 600 usd or 800cad as the base price

43. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I was going to buy as the air 2 as loads of problems with ram and slow down, but if it's just got 2gb of ram, I can not see it being that big of an upgrade and at 599.99 they joking. So a sale gone from me, apart from if the reviews say it's a big upgrade in speed

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The first iPad Pro was a piece of. Rap, you didn't think this would be better, did you ;-) See me and you know better. The iPad Pro offered the same BS I had with the Note Pro 12.2 a year prior. The iPad simply had newer hardware and a higher resolution. But the Note 12 still had advantages. SD card aupport, comes with a len, charges faster with its 3.0 port, split up to 4 apps, 2560.1600 display which above QHD, all the benefits of Android and TouchWiz and I thought after I bought it, it just wasn't worth the cost. I 5 months later. The iPad Pro does even less it just has a nice display. But it's not better than my tv. I also learned that a 12" tablet is equally less portable as my 17" laptop. I bought it for a specific job and after night was done it became useless. The Surface is a smarter buy unless you have bought so many apps. But I would say keep your present iPad Air 2 and get a Surface. After all.yoir apps will still work. They are hoping people.think that putting Pro in the name makes it better and worth an extra $100 too. If people can't see this then they deserved to get ripped off. I saw it with Samsung. The Note 12 offers no benefit over my smaller Note phone other than size. With size I want more capability. If a bigger device does exactly what a smaller one does, then what is the benefit of bigger? It's not a tv. A bigger TV is better than a smaller one if you watch movies.

26. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Note 12 ran Android with no tablet apps and a terrible stylus. Thanks, have a nice day!

38. Unordinary unregistered

At what point, when you are writing/throwing these tantrums, does it ever occur that you sit here and waste time arguing and trying to convince/brainwash people who honestly don't give a hoot about what you have to say. Im truly interested. Do you throw a tantrum like this in school/your home when mommy says no to something?

70. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

TechieXP1969, does Note Pro 12.2 not being useful to you mean its not useful for every one else? The answer is no. I bought the Note Pro 12.2 fully aware what i will be getting and i get a fully capable Android tablet with LTE phone feature equip with a wacom digitizer. I carry it with me everywhere i go. Its has a 10 hours battery life, i have my work sim installed into the tablet to answer call with a bluetooth headset. I have access to GPS MAP, video calls on Skype and access to whatsapps. Hangup for personal loved one. My work suite is Microsoft Office 365, I use OneNote and Google Keep for my note keeping. For relaxation, i like to use it read to manga and comic, the 12.2 screen is an absolute joy to read those the tiny comic conversation bubble. I also do use autodesk sketch pro for some graphic patch work. Android apps is cheap and good enough for the work i do. I know surface pro is your tools of choice which is great. I just think i need Note Pro 12.2 LTE phone call for my work communication and the access to whatsapp also give it a leg up against my Dell 7140 or surface pro for that matter. Its also lighter and thinner than surface pro. I just giving you my working style not to put down Surface pro but to tell you that many people has there own style and own favorite gadget.

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