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Purported iPhone 6s benchmark reveals a major potential disappointment

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:03PM EST
iPhone 6s Benchmark 1GB Of Ram
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Come on, Apple. Are you really doing this to us again? A purported iPhone 6s benchmark posted by blog Ringer Blue Men shows that the new device only has 1GB of RAM, or just as much as last year’s iPhone 6 had. If accurate, this would be a major disappointment.

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As you can see in the picture below, this Geekbench 3 result shows a purported iPhone 6s with iOS 9, the Apple A9 chipset… and a mere 989MB of RAM. We also note that the model is referred to as “iPhone 8,2,” which is the same identification that mobile marketing platform Fiksu recently found in its logs. So in that sense, it appears this benchmark has its bases covered.

Here’s why we’d be cautious about accepting this at face value, however — just earlier this week, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reported that the iPhone 6s would have 2GB of RAM. While Gurman’s track record isn’t perfect, it’s still extremely good and we’d be surprised if he got a detail about the iPhone 6s wrong so close to its official release.

So climb down off the ledge for now, iPhone fans. While it’s still entirely possible that Apple will leave us with just 1GB of RAM again this year, we’d still put money on the iPhone 6s having a full 2GB of RAM. Fingers crossed…

UPDATE: Good news! Primate Labs founder John Poole says that this is a photoshopped benchmark and that we’ll likely get a 2GB iPhone 6s this fall.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.