According to TechCrunch‘s Matthew Panzarino, who has both an iPhone SE and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro in hand, the smaller Pro tablet boasts 2GB of RAM — just like the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and the iPhone SE. However, that means the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is offering 2GB of RAM less than the 12.9-inch model, which offers 4GB of RAM.
As was recently discovered, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro also features a slightly underclocked A9X processor, another factor that will impact its performance compared to the larger tablet.
Both iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7" appear to have 2GB of RAM. pic.twitter.com/M20ie0rLH7
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) March 22, 2016
Geekbench testing by Panzarino suggests the iPhone SE is not underlocked compared to the iPhone 6s, with the A9 in the device running at 1.85GHz. On the test, the iPhone SE received a single-core score of 2538 and a multi-core score of 4421, on par with or slightly better than tests conducted on the iPhone 6s.
2GB of RAM is perfect for the iPhone SE because it’s smaller and can perform well on it, but a pro tablet like the 9.7-inch iPad Pro would have been expected to come with the same 4GB that comes in its bigger brother. This is because such a device is targeted towards an audience that will use different kinds of software suites, like Office, iLife, and iWork, which are naturally memory hogs.
Do you plan on buying the 9.7-inch iPad Pro?