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Either Apple is being stingy with RAM or it truly believe that 1GB is enough for its flagship smartphones

There have been reports tossed around that suggest that the iPhone 6 would only have 1GB of RAM. The 1GB rumors gained traction when a part number shown on a leaked image of the Apple A8 processor pointed towards a 1GB configuration.
 
Days later, Geekbench 3 scores for a supposed iPhone 6 showed up online which confirmed not only the 1GB memory specification, but also a dual-core A8 chip running at 1.4GHz. Ryan Smith of AnandTech did some digging of his own and also came to the conclusion that the iPhone 6 not only includes 1GB of RAM, but also a PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 GPU.
 
Now, we’re getting even more confirmation of the 1GB specification courtesy of screenshots grabbed from the System Status monitoring app for iOS:

 
The device represented in the screenshot above is an iPhone 6 Plus, which suggests that those that were hoping to get at least 2GB of memory in the bigger iPhone model will be disappointed. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise as Apple would be unlikely to create a separate A8 SKU just for the iPhone 6 Plus.
 
What remains to be seen is what this means for the upcoming refresh of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. As AnandTech’s testing — and user complaints — has shown us in the past, 1GB of RAM on current generation iPads is a serious limiting factor in apps like Safari. Many users are unable to have more than one or two Safari tabs open before refreshing occurs when switching between open tabs.
 
Former AnandTech editor-in-chief Anand Shimpi surmised that boosting onboard RAM to 2GB would help to alleviate the problem. While it’s possible that Apple could surprise us all and create an A8X of sorts just for the iPads that includes 2GB of RAM, we’re not going to hold our breaths either.

Source: Phone Arena





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