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  (Source: Mac Rumors/clancemasterj)
512MB of RAM means that the iPhone 4 likely won't repeat the missteps of the iPad

When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4 a few weeks ago, the company was happy to tout such features as its high-resolution Retina display, thinner body, FaceTime chat, 3-axis gyroscope, and increased battery life. However, Jobs left out some other important details that tech heads want to know like the clock speed of the A4 processor and the amount of RAM onboard.

Today, we have an answer to at least one of those questions. Mac Rumors is confirming that the iPhone 4 now has 512MB of RAM which is double what's included on the year-old iPhone 3GS and the recently introduced iPad. The increased RAM is likely to be welcome news for potential customers due to a problem that numerous iPad users have encountered with page caching issues in Mobile Safari due to the iPad's 1024x768 screen coupled with just 256MB of RAM.

John Gruber of DaringFireball fame described the issue shortly after the launch of the iPad:

There’s one severe problem in Safari for iPad, though: memory crapping out. MobileSafari for iPhone has always allowed you to open up to eight pages at a time. It tries to keep them all truly open, in RAM, so that you can quickly switch between them. But when it runs out of memory it starts flushing some of the pages. It doesn’t forget the URLs for those pages, and, in recent versions, it saves a static thumbnail image of the rendered page, but when you switch back to those purged pages, MobileSafari must reload the page...

The iPad also has 256 MB of RAM. But, in my use, iPad’s Safari isn’t able to keep nearly as many pages open as I can on my 3GS. In fact, sometimes it seems I can only have one, and every page I switch to gets completely reloaded. This is more than just annoying — it can lead to data loss if you have unsubmitted form data sitting in an “open” iPad Safari page.

With 512MB of RAM onboard and a slightly lower resolution than the iPad – 640x960 – the iPhone 4 hopefully won't have the same page caching issues and could possibly even provide better performance.

512MB of RAM puts the iPhone 4 on par with powerhouse Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G.



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By Tony Swash on 6/17/2010 7:03:37 PM , Rating: -1
Its odd - so many criticisms of Apple products, so may faults pointed out .... and yet orders for the new iPhone are running at ten times (ten times!) the rate of the iPhone 3GS and the iPad will have sold many millions by the end of year.

By now the iPad has probably sold as many as all the previous Windows Tablets ever sold.

Its almost as if many of the people posting comments around here are somehow out of touch, as if they had some sort of problem understanding why people find Apple products so attractive - never mind - as we used to say back in the 1960's "do not adjust your minds there is a fault in reality"




By afkrotch on 6/17/2010 10:43:33 PM , Rating: 4
What we say in the new millenium. "Do not adjust reality for the fault in your minds."


By NYScientist on 6/18/2010 1:54:10 AM , Rating: 2
Nice. Control freaks are rarely able to emotionally manage things that don't easily fit into their narrow reality.


By themaster08 on 6/18/2010 4:04:12 AM , Rating: 2
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Its almost as if many of the people posting comments around here are somehow out of touch, as if they had some sort of problem understanding why people find Apple products so attractive - never mind - as we used to say back in the 1960's "do not adjust your minds there is a fault in reality"
Thank you, for yet again another insightful lecture on how we're unable to fathom Apple's success. You've changed my way of thinking forever!

So because most everyone else likes them, that must mean me are obliged to do so as well? Don't be ridiculous. You're a grown man for gods sake. Stop thinking like the children on the playground with their newest toy, and thinking we're the ones looking at those kids in envy of what they have.

There's no "fault" in disliking their products, or even the company. I for one think Apple are an absolutely vile company. I don't have so much of an issue with their products though.

However, I don't care if they sell 2 thousand or 2 billion iPads. It won't make me suddenly want one. I don't feel the need to "follow the crowd" when I can get a device that caters to my own needs far more. I have no use for a tablet, so I'm not going to blindly throw away £500 when I could use that money far more constructively.

It's called logic. Try looking it up some time.


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