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The iPhone 7 Plus is the first iPhone with 3GB of RAM

Published Sep 9th, 2016 9:18AM EDT
iPhone 7 Plus 3GB RAM Benchmark
Image: Apple Inc.

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Many leaks said it in the months leading up to Apple’s September event, and a benchmark test seemed to almost confirm it: the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM, 1GB more than its sibling. Early rumors said that the advanced features of the dual-lens camera need additional RAM, which is why Apple bumped up the memory for the 5.5-inch new iPhone. A benchmark for the iPhone 7 that surfaced a few days ahead of the September 7th keynote suggested the iPhone 7 would have 2GB of RAM, and now a brand new Geekbench benchmark test for the iPhone 7 Plus was discovered a few hours ago.

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Unsurprisingly, the A10 Fusion chip scores a lot better than any previous Apple processors used inside an iPhone or iPad. It even beats the iPad Pro. The A10 Fusion offers similar performance both on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, these tests have shown. And the A10 Fusion score tops everything the competition has to offer.

But the benchmark test for the iPhone9,4 (likely codename for iPhone 7 Plus), performed on September 8th on a device running iOS 10.0.1, shows that the phone is packing 3GB of RAM. This marks the first time the iPhone is approaching Android territory when it comes to the amount of built-in RAM.

Apple never mentions RAM during its iPhone keynotes, so the only way to confirm it will be to wait for the official teardowns that will follow the iPhone 7’s in-store launch next week. It’s very likely that iFixit and other teardown sites will confirm what Geekbench already unearthed, considering the same thing has happened nearly every year until now.

A screenshot showing this iPhone 7 Plus benchmark test follows below.

iphone-7-plus-3gb-ram-geekbench-benchmark-testImage source: PrimateLabs

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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