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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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RE: Wow...
By smap1 on 6/17/2010 7:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the tech world is like that though.

The good old Intel Tick Tock model. New Product, update of new product, New Product again. If you always buy on the update (tock I think) you will have fewer problems with the device, but not have the newest features when they are released.

RE: Wow...
By afkrotch on 6/17/2010 10:25:15 PM , Rating: 4
No, most of the tech world is not like that. They put all available tech into the product as they can, then they create cheaper variants missing the tech. That way you can cater to multiple consumers. As time goes on and new tech is invented, we will see new products with said tech.

They don't leave out missing tech, just so they can make the same exact thing next year, but with 1-2 pieces of that missing tech. Apple is in it's own little world.

Intel's tick tock model is hardly like Apple. It'd be like Intel releasing the C2D, but leave out it's power reduction features, just so they can put it in for the update.

RE: Wow...
By hughlle on 6/18/2010 5:45:54 AM , Rating: 2
then why has the iphone always had such crap specifications? because if the 3G2 had had a decent camera and good screen as most other phones did on it's release there wouldn't really be a good reason to move to an iphone 4.

and with computer games they generally make a fantastic first one and then a crap second one because they've nothing new and interesting to add to the new one.

apple have released a mediocre product with the idea that the next update can actually contain new features of use. 512mb of ram or not, even the iphone 4 is almost redundant before it's released. example being the camera. it takes them this long to bump it upto what it is, while most other companies are dropping 5mb in preference of 8 or 10. apple could not survive if they actually released their products fully featured and issue free

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