The New iPad Will Reportedly Have 1GB of RAM
Following the release of The new iPad
yesterday, Apple left one major question unanswered: how much random access memory will the iPad have? The iPad 2 holds 512MB, but The new iPad will reportedly have 1GB to help work with the powerhouse dual core A5X chip and quad core graphics. "This new device has more memory and higher screen resolution than an Xbox 360 or PS3," (Mike Capps – Epic Games).
Since the main memory of the iPad will also be shared for graphics as VRAM, the upgrade is necessary and logical for iOS gamers. If The new iPad held the same 512MB of RAM that the iPad 2 holds, then high quality games would absolutely choke up the system’s RAM and make the device sluggish because the retina display requires four times the data as the standard display, which means more information will be held in the memory.
With the full iWork suite for iOS updated for the retina display, and the addition of iPhoto to the iLife suite for iOS (completing the set) yesterday, more RAM will have a great impact on performance. Unlike the usual small applications we download from the App Store, iLife and iWork applications are very large and power-hungry and like to absorb all the system resources they can find.
RAM is a volatile kind of memory, requiring constant power to be used and affecting battery life – one of the reasons Apple has limited it in iOS devices. However, Apple seems to have managed to keep the same great 10-hour battery life on The new iPad even with the increase. The increase in RAM should prove to make multitasking more efficient and keep the system from choking up when there are numerous processes running in the background.