Apple's iPhone 14 apparently got a big RAM upgrade, while the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max did not

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Apple's iPhone 14 apparently got a big RAM upgrade, while the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max did not
Even by Apple standards, the Cupertino-based tech giant did a pretty bang-up job keeping its hot new products a secret ahead of yesterday's big announcement event, preventing among others the early reveal of the iPhone 14 Plus and Watch Ultra names, as well as the incredibly ingenious Dynamic Island feature exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

While plenty of inside information on all those next-gen gadgets (as well as the "regular" iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and AirPods Pro 2) was reliably and prematurely leaked, a number of rumors bandied about in the last few months unsurprisingly proved inaccurate.

All iPhone 14 models are created equal in at least one way

Pondering an iPhone 14 or 14 Plus pre-order for tomorrow, September 9? We might have some good news for you. Thinking instead of purchasing the $999 iPhone 14 Pro or $1,099 iPhone 14 Pro Max as soon as possible? Then we're sorry to disappoint you. 

That's right, MacRumors has it on good authority that all four members of Apple's latest high-end handset family come with a 6GB RAM count, contradicting speculation from all the way back in December 2021... and February 2022 of a 2 gig advantage for Pro and Pro Max variants.

Last year's iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, mind you, did hold such an edge in the memory department over the non-Pro iPhone 13 and 13 mini, packing 6 instead of 4 gigs of the good stuff. 

But Apple has interestingly decided to upgrade the vanilla iPhone 14 compared to its predecessor while keeping the Pro and Pro Max RAM counts unchanged and of course aligning the iPhone 14 Plus with all the others.

Pre-order the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus right now

iPhone 14 from Apple: save $30-$630 with a trade-in

You can buy the new iPhone 14 at Apple, where the device is sold at its regular price. If you wish to save, opt for a trade-in. Trade-in discounts vary between $30 and $630, depending on your device and its condition.

iPhone 14 Plus from Apple: save $30-$630 with trade-in

You can get the iPhone 14 Plus from Apple as well. You can save with an eligible device trade-in, with credit amounts to as much as $630.
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AT&T iPhone 14 (256GB) at Walmart: save 23% right now

The iPhone 14 is now available to order with a carrier plan by AT&T Walmart. Prices for this device start at $21.64/month for 36 installments. The phone comes with 256GB of internal storage space. Currently, all color variants are available.
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Verizon iPhone 14 Plus: get it FREE with a new line activation

Get the iPhone 14 Plus for $00.00/mo with Verizon. This offer requires a new line activation and a select Unlimited plan.
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Because Apple itself never likes to confirm this type of information, hardcore multitaskers could still cling on to their hopes of seeing the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max released with 8GB RAM on deck, although the chances of something like that materializing now are almost non-existent. But hey, at least we have one potential iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max feature to already be excited about.

Should iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max buyers care?

In short, not really. It's true, most of the best Android phones money can buy right now come packing at least 8GB RAM, with many ultra-high-end industry newcomers starting at 12 gigs these days and going all the way up to 18GB... at fitting prices.

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But there's a reason why Apple never mentions this technical detail at its product launch events, in its press releases, or even on its otherwise very detailed specs-dedicated webpages. Simply put, iOS multitasking is not and has never been a problem on devices like the iPhone 13, 13 mini, or third-gen iPhone SE, all of which offer a "measly" (by modern Android high-end standards, at least) 4GB RAM.

That suggests future iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max users will all be happy with how their handsets are able to juggle multiple tasks, activities, and apps at the same time. We also fully expect Apple to keep all these devices (and their humbler non-Pro predecessors) in mind when building the next few iOS versions, making it so that you won't notice any deficiency in this department if 2023's iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max do end up taking the leap to 8GB RAM.

You can be among the first to own the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max:

(AT&T) iPhone 14 Pro: get at Walmart and save $200

You can buy the iPhone 14 Pro AT&T-locked from Walmart. Starting at $26.37/month for 36 installments. The sold device comes with 256GB of storage. Get it now and save.
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(Straight Talk) iPhone 14 Pro Max: Get at Walmart now

You can get a Straight Talk-locked iPhone 14 Pro Max at Walmart. The model with 128GB of internal storage in Gold is currently available without any discounts.

Of course, iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max owners will still have plenty of reasons to feel superior to those willing to settle for an iPhone 14 or 14 Plus, with a significantly faster processor in tow, as well as the aforementioned Dynamic Island trick, a 48MP primary camera, an extra telephoto lens, an arguably sleeker and stronger design, and a smoother screen with 120Hz refresh rate support.

On top of it all, there's also a possibility that the iPhone 14 Pro duo will feature a faster LPDDR5 RAM technology than the LPDDR4X iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, as tipped by a couple of sources in recent months, although that remains to be confirmed after the handset family actually starts shipping.

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