The war between iOS and Android is still raging today. Obviously, there are valid reasons to fall on either side of the fence, but that doesn’t stop people (including us) from comparing the two to see which one is better for your needs.
You must have noticed that Android smartphones now come with higher RAM capacity. Even though you may not need a lot of RAM in your smartphone for everyday use, the market is full of smartphones with 8 or 12GB of RAM. Apple, on the other hand, is gradually reducing the RAM capacity of its iPhones.
In this article, we have explained the reason behind low RAM on iPhones.
Why do Android devices need so much RAM?
RAM is one of the most essential features that Android power users need in their smartphones. From the very beginning, Android was designed to support multiple processor types, multiple manufacturers, and multiple hardware configurations.
In general, software written for one type of system cannot run on another; It has to be ported, which often involves rewriting inconsistent bits.
To overcome this, Android apps always run on the Java platform. Java is nifty because of its virtual machine: you can write an app in Java once, and then the virtual machine translates that code at runtime, working on whatever system it is running on.
But it comes with a cost. The Java Virtual Machine is complex and requires a lot of RAM, not only to manage the virtual machine’s actual processes, but to hold native Java code for whatever app is being executed, as well as Translated code that is executed by System.
Thankfully, the virtual machine in Android has improved over the years and doesn’t require as much RAM as it once was. However, if you experience frequent RAM issues, here are some essential Android memory management tips that you should be aware of.
In addition, Android apps are becoming more and more advanced (arguably even bloated) and thus require more RAM to operate. Background processes also require RAM, which are common in Android apps.
Finally, the Android operating system is built around a method called garbage collection. Apps are encouraged to use as much RAM as they need. Then, every once in a while, Android clears the data in RAM that is no longer being used as “garbage” and frees it.
This method, while effective, is most optimal when there is a lot of RAM to play with; Otherwise, the system spends too much time collecting garbage.
Does the iPhone have RAM?
Yes it does. Like Android phones, iPhones require RAM to manage the running of various processes and apps. But iOS (iPhone’s operating system) does not need as much RAM as Android. So, why is the iPhone low on RAM?
Most of the top Android smartphones come with more than 6GB of RAM, and some even have 8-12GB. It seems that Android smartphones wouldn’t include that much RAM if they didn’t need it, right? And if the latest Android devices have 4–8GB of RAM, how much RAM does the iPhone have?
Amazingly, Apple never specifies the amount of RAM in iPhones. But, in general, the larger or “Pro” versions of iPhones come with more RAM. For example, the iPhone 13 comes standard with 4GB of RAM, while the Pro model offers 6GB of RAM.
Undoubtedly, Apple exercises a great deal of control over the entire iOS ecosystem. If you want to use iOS, you only have one option for the phone: iPhone. If you want to build an iOS app, you have to use Apple’s tools and do it the Apple way. That’s why Apple rules with a tight fist.
However it has many advantages. Above all, there are different reasons why iOS devices use less RAM than other phones.
1. Hardware Optimization
Apple’s iOS is built only for their hardware and is thoroughly tested by Apple.
It has another advantage that Android phones often lack, namely its shared hardware platform. This eliminates the need for Apple to develop robust and flexible system code for other hardware types.
Instead, developers can optimize the code for the particular hardware specs of the product.
In contrast, Android needs to support multiple types of processors.
2. Stable RAM Management
Apple uses a variety of practices to ensure more RAM management in iPhones. For example, on the iPhone, the system doesn’t finish a task after a short interval. But on Android smartphones, the default interval to finish a particular task is less by default.
This practice eventually creates system instability and high RAM consumption. Because if you open an app again, the system will not be able to open it from RAM.
Also, another thing that adds value on Apple’s part is its task priority behavior. This means iOS carefully prioritizes different tasks based on their severity.