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  • iPhone 4 Has 512MB RAM


    Confirmation that the new iPhone has twice the RAM of the iPad or the iPhone 3GS has come from a recently released video of a developer session at WWDC 10. MacRumors first reported the revelation, which is the first acknowledgement from Apple that iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM.

    For a company that loves to dish out specs (highest pixel density of any smartphone, most energy efficient desktop, etc.), Apple sure is reticent when it comes to the amount of RAM in an iPhone. They've never publicized the memory specs, ever, and so we've had to wait for teardowns or leaks to find out, for, example, that the 3GS has 256MB of RAM. In the case of the iPhone 4, the assumption has been that the production phone has 256MB RAM, because that's how much memory was installed in the "lost-and-found" prototype when Gizmodo cracked it open, and how much the A4 chip on the iPad has.

    Video of the session where the RAM capacity was revealed, Advanced Performance Optimization on iPhone OS part 2, was recently released to registered Apple developers for download via iTunes, but is not presently available due to high demand.

    As MacRumors notes, this may explain why iMovie will only run on iPhone 4, and not the iPad.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Has 512MB RAM started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 153 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      What restrictions are you talking about?
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Here we go again ....... Let me count the ways ... (haha

      Restore to factory shipped software, internet connection required for any factory restore. The whole activation process. The list goes on and on.

      This IS a computer. This is almost my primary computer. Haha. I use the iPhone computing aspects 5x more than on my personal computer.

      I would never buy a computer with any of these artificially imposed Apple restrictions -- and neither would most others.

      It's time for Apple and the world to wake up and treat this iDevice like it really is. But then again, I'm not an Apple fanboy either.

      And did I mention expandability? Apple could double or tripple their iDevice revenue with real USB host access.

      If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, acts like a duck .........
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      i hope this is true, because they probablt would of anounced it at WWDC
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      They usually don't announce hardware detailed specs at WWDC. It was seen in an official page that Apple sent to devs. So this is true
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      well thank you Apple
    1. $V4444's Avatar
      $V4444 -
      Doesn't the 'Driod already have 1GB of RAM....?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ;5297396 View Post
      Doesn't the 'Driod already have 1GB of RAM....?
      The closest thing to iPhone 4 on the Android side of things would be the EVO 4G which has 512MB RAM and 1Ghz Snapdragon. The Droid Incredible also has 512MB RAM, slower processor I believe.
    1. 19Dan89's Avatar
      19Dan89 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      The closest thing to iPhone 4 on the Android side of things would be the EVO 4G which has 512MB RAM and 1Ghz Snapdragon. The Droid Incredible also has 512MB RAM, slower processor I believe.
      The HTC Desire has 1GHz Snapdragon and 576mb(around that figure) of RAM I believe.
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Here we go again ....... Let me count the ways ... (haha

      Restore to factory shipped software, internet connection required for any factory restore. The whole activation process. The list goes on and on.

      This IS a computer. This is almost my primary computer. Haha. I use the iPhone computing aspects 5x more than on my personal computer.

      I would never buy a computer with any of these artificially imposed Apple restrictions -- and neither would most others.

      It's time for Apple and the world to wake up and treat this iDevice like it really is. But then again, I'm not an Apple fanboy either.

      And did I mention expandability? Apple could double or tripple their iDevice revenue with real USB host access.

      If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, acts like a duck .........
      So, you got an Iphone, you use it 500% more than your regular PC, despite it having all these limitations?

      So with all these restrictions you can still use it as your primary computer?

      Seems to me like Apple don't have to change anything
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by 19Dan89 View Post
      The HTC Desire has 1GHz Snapdragon and 576mb(around that figure) of RAM I believe.
      Woops, totally forgot about that one. The HTC HD2 also has 576mb RAM as well. I think those are it for now.
    1. igarys's Avatar
      igarys -
      my $3,000 pentium 4 computer from 8 years ago had 512mb only!! Technology changes so fast!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      @redcard: You're missing the whole point. These iDevices could replace a computer ... absolutely... if Apple didn't artifically impose restrictions.

      It the all-mighty dollar that keep Apple from releasing the iDevice and allow it's full potential to come to life.

      Money is like power .. And absolute power corrupts.

      @igrays... funny but so true.

      My 1st computer had 4KB memory with a 5MB disk and cost almost $15K. Thank goodness I didn't have to pay for it

      And weighed 75kg !!!
    1. eternalza's Avatar
      eternalza -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      The closest thing to iPhone 4 on the Android side of things would be the EVO 4G which has 512MB RAM and 1Ghz Snapdragon. The Droid Incredible also has 512MB RAM, slower processor I believe.
      Incredible has a 1Ghz Snapdragon as well. The underclocking was a lie.

      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      @redcard: You're missing the whole point. These iDevices could replace a computer ... absolutely... if Apple didn't artifically impose restrictions.

      It the all-mighty dollar that keep Apple from releasing the iDevice and allow it's full potential to come to life.

      Money is like power .. And absolute power corrupts.

      @igrays... funny but so true.

      My 1st computer had 4KB memory with a 5MB disk and cost almost $15K. Thank goodness I didn't have to pay for it

      And weighed 75kg !!!
      Could replace the computer for some casual users probably. Some people use many programs that aren't compatible with iDevices. For example, I'm in college for graphic design, there is no way I would choose an iDevice over a PC. Many people also use flash daily, and prefer a larger screen size. Can't forget about the pc gamers either.