Xcode iOS Simulator Reveals Specs For Apple iPad Pro, iPhone 6S And iPhone 6S Plus
While Apple has showed off almost everything about their new iPhones, it has not revealed the specs for its new iPhone and iPad Pro models. However, Hamza Sood, an iOS developer was able to gauge the amount of RAM in the new iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and the iPad Pro through the iOS simulator in Xcode 7.1 beta. For those who do not know him, he is the developer who hacked Apple Watch to support third-party watch faces.
The Xcode iOS Simulator utility confirmed that the new iPhones offers 2 GB RAM, double that of what was included in last year's offerings, while the iPad Pro offers 4 GB RAM.
Apple always use processors that are typically as fast as or faster than the best high-end chips from Qualcomm and Intel at the time of its release. However, the company always limit the amount of RAM in their devices to a bare minimum. This usually works because, unlike Android, iOS does not support live home screen widgets, or multi-tasking, where one can run more than app. The iOS also has limit over the number of process that can run in the background.
The iOS memory management is aggressive about dumping apps and browser tabs from RAM to make room for new ones, which is one of the reasons why Apple gets away with using less RAM in its devices than comparable Android devices.
With iOS 9 supporting Split View and multitasking, it makes sense for apple increasing the amount of RAM in their devices. While the above screenshot from Xcode is not a guarantee that the new iPhones will indeed offer 2 GB of RAM (4 GB RAM in case of iPad Pro), it is the best confirmation we can get before we get our hands on actual hardware.
While 2 GB is an obvious upgrade from the 1 GB RAM found in the iPhone 6, It is not going to win the specs war against the 3 GB of RAM you will find crammed into top-end Android phones, but that has not made iPhones run slow in the past. The iPad Pro is set to make its debut in the month of November, with the new iPhones up for pre-order right now and will begin shipment in September 25.
In other News, Apple has completely sold out all the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models in China, and in U.S the iPhone 6S Plus models are facing a delay of 3-4 weeks.