Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus, which ships with a whopping (for Apple) 3 GB of RAM, shows improved performance with an upcoming iOS 10.1 release. That result is sure to please iPhone 7 Plus owners, who initially reported no speed improvements from the bump up in RAM.
Upon receiving a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, owners reported improved speed when compared to that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Benchmarks confirmed that Apple had indeed intended to add a significant speed bump with its new iPhones, and the extra 1 GB the company added to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus was justification for many owners to upgrade to the new devices.
This year, Apple made the decision to ship the iPhone 7 Plus with 3 GB of RAM, instead of the 2 GB offered in the iPhone 7, which includes the same 2 GB offered in last year's 6s and 6s Plus. It's been widely reported that the increase was necessary to the advanced dual camera system setup found on the rear cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus, but no speed increase was reported from the bump.
The iPhone 7 Plus' 3 GB of RAM compared to the 2 GB found in the iPhone 7 now shows a speed increase when running a current beta of Apple's iOS 10 Beta 1. Users report that the new beta has really allowed the 3 GB of RAM to show its muscle.
BGR is reporting that it noticed a change in speed after updating its iPhone 7 Plus to a beta version of iOS 10.1. A Reddit user confirmed the finding.
"With iOS 10.0.1 I noticed how bad memory management was on my new iPhone 7 Plus, it kept refreshing every tab and every app but after updating to the iOS 10.1 beta I've noticed how well the apps were maintained over night and periodically throughout the day. I don't think an app has even refreshed yet. I'm really surprised because with iOS 10.0.1 it kept reloading between two apps!...YouTube, Facebook and Reddit were notoriously the ones that were repeatedly refreshing, but my YouTube app was 7 apps below in my app switcher and still kept my spot! Amazing," wrote the Redditor.
It's worth noting that this improvement was noticed in iOS 10.1 beta, so while it's not absolutely certain that it will carry over to the official release, it seems likely. Apple would like to have another improvement that users can use to justify upgrading to an iPhone 7 Plus, as many initially dismissed the 3 GB of RAM as a reason to upgrade since it seemingly added no speed difference.
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