Why iPhones Need Less RAM Than Android Phones?

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Apple never highlights RAM numbers while launching its iPhones. Because the numbers are not worthy of boasting and iPhones need less RAM than Android phones.

Can you believe that Apple launched iPhone SE in 2020 and it merely had a RAM of 3 GB?

While Samsung and One Plus are giving 8 GB and 12 GB of RAM in their flagship phones respectively, iPhone’s top model has a RAM of 4 GB. That’s iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Meanwhile, Chinese smartphone brands are racing for the numbers – 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB and so on.

Yet they never beat the performance of an iPhone. Now comes the real question – Why?

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Real Reason Why iPhones Need Less RAM

I will state the answer in one line – because Apple produces its own chips as well as software that are highly compatible with each other.


Most Android Apps use Java programming which is a great platform. However, Java works with garbage collection that does not clear the RAM immediately.

Java garbage collection is the process by which Java programs perform their automatic memory management. Also, Android uses a virtual machine that allows those Java apps to work smoothly. This takes a hell lot of RAM.

So, Android apps anyway take more space and the RAM clearance is slower too. This is the reason why Android phones need huge RAM.

Now, why Java? Because it is an old language and suitable for most of the app developers. Moreover, it works smoothly with almost all smartphone chips.


On the other hand, iOS apps are written in Objective-C and Swift languages. Apple does not use any other processor from Qualcomm or MediaTek but it has its own A-series Bionic chips.

I already mentioned this in the #1 point in my ‘Android vs iOS’ post. In case you have not read it, here is the link:

[Click here: Android vs iOS]

When you own the hardware as well as software, you don’t need to think much about the compatibility. You own what you do and that’s the case with Apple.

There is an old saying – when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. That is the case of Android.

Another Reason: Marketing

Android players, especially the Chinese players, love to highlight their RAM numbers irrespective of their processors.

This is how the brands boast

The 12 GB RAM is the highest among the smartphones now (my laptop is ashamed) and 8 GB RAM is common as well. We can see 6 GB RAM in the mid-range smartphones commonly these days.

So, RAM racing is a common trick that most of the companies play to stay relevant in this industry.

Because they know that customers neither care for the processors and nor they understand it.

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So what now? Focus on camera and RAM. That’s the game.

Meanwhile, Apple does not really need this. Apple knows that people who need iOS will anyway buy an iPhone.

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I hope you know why Android smartphones need more RAM than iPhones.

The next time you see iPhone with 3 GB RAM performing better than your latest Android phone, don’t get surprised. You know the reason now! 😉


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