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iOS RAM: Less Storage, More Improved Performance (iOS Vs Android)

Irrespective of what OS you use, there are possible differences between iOS and Android OS. This post is not to conclude any of the OS is greater than other; we have the legitimate reasons how iOS occupy less RAM compare to the Android OS and still perform smoothly.

iOS Ram Vs Android Ram

First of all, we are not favoring the iOS either Android OS because both systems are holding the equal importance in the digital market. There is no doubt in the number of Android users greater than iOS users around the world. While the Android users enjoy the increased RAM storage with every new device, the iOS developers have maintained the RAM storage from device to device but has improved performances. Wait! Does that mean that Android has not made any improvement with the increased RAM storage data? Indeed it has, but there are certain limitations in iOS over the RAM which makes it efficient performer than Android OS.

ios vs android RAM

It is a fact that iOS hold less amount of RAM compare to the Android RAM. Okay, now let us clear one thing here; RAM is different than memory what is mentioned in the specifications of the device. Often, people misinterpret storage with RAM; therefore Android users misunderstand that iPhone utilizes less memory compare to their device. Here, we are discussing the RAM (Random Access Memory) which is operated by the CPU to hold and administer the apps in the device. The memory will always be termed in the different segment which is referred to the internal memory also known as Flash memory. More the RAM storage in the device, better the performance is guaranteed.

iOS Ram Performance: Technique

There are possible reasons why Android OS have great RAM compare to iOS RAM. In fact, Apple 6S has 2GB RAM whereas Samsung Galaxy S6 has 4GB RAM, yet the chances of Galaxy S6 of getting crashed is higher than iPhone 6S. The basic reason for the risk is RAM. Why is the difference such? What is the reason for iOS to work so smooth even on 2GB RAM whereas the Android OS lags even on 4GB? The whole system is how the apps keep working in the background while in the foreground, the app is closed.

There are valid reasons why the apps continue to work in the background even though there are no signs of the app in the state of active on foreground. Whenever it is necessary for the app to work in the background, the iOS does not fail in its efficiency to run them. Well, the iOS uses techniques to run the apps in background which are different than what Android OS adapts. Under three categories the iOS uses the techniques:

Technique Used By iOS Fall into 3 Categories

  1. If the app is launched in the foreground for performing the small task, it will ask the iOS for the time to complete the task before moving it to the background.
  2. At a time, the important action is considered by the iOS. For example, applications initiating the download in the foreground will or can pass the management of the download to the system. This will suspend the app or rather it will be terminated while the download will continue.
  3. If the app is required to stay active in the background to support other tasks, there is need to confirm their support either for one or more than one background execution mode.

RAM Usage

What the iOS does is maintaining the app’s performance even in the background with the legitimate reasons. Without disturbing the other apps performances and draining the battery life of the device, iOS performs smoothly even with the less RAM. So what is the reason for Android OS to lag when it has the large RAM storage? Android has a different way to execute the UI than iOS. On the iOS UI, the app executes in the main thread with the real-time priority whereas Android OS performs the same in the main thread but with the normal range of priority which interferes with the basic UI synergy, turning to the noticeable lags in the processor.

How To Test?

You can test this theory by yourself with your iOS user or Android user through a trick. With the help of the OS browsers, you can be assured why the information provided here is factual rather than just a myth.

  1. Launch the Appleā€™s browser Safari and Android browser.
  2. Now hit any URL in both browsers.
  3. While the page is loading in the Safari browser, tap and hold the Safari window. You can see that loading process will get paused. This is because the UI execution is the top priority which takes over the task.
  4. This means the web page will not proceed further to load until you take off the finger of the screen. The UI will work smoothly.
  5. For the same, Android performs differently. The Android will try to keep the record of reasonable response rate for the UI and the same time it will load the page as well.
  6. The only drawback will be; the drop in frame rates which are the possible reasons for the Android to lag.


From the information discussed in the post here, we can make sure that iOS keeps the control of what is happening in the background, means which tasks and apps are active while the Android does not. Android observes the complete control in the hands of developers. We have made sure to explain well about how iOS makes sure to occupy less RAM storage in the device and perform fast than Android large RAM storage providing lagging performances.

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