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Next generation iPads to reportedly feature 2GB of RAM and soldier on with 16GB base configs

Many had hoped that Apple would finally get around to bumping the RAM in the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus to 2GB, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The flagship iPhone family of phones has been “stuck” at 1GB since the introduction of the iPhone 5 in 2012, and it looks like we won’t see that figure budge until this time in 2015 when the next generation iPhone launches.
 
However, it appears that the next generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display will get the RAM upgrade that they desperately need. A leaked logic board that reportedly came from the iPad Air shows a new A8X processor that will come paired with 2GB of Elpida RAM.

 
If the report is true, this should help to alleviate some of the most annoying aspects of owning the current generation iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display: application crashes and frequent page refreshing in Safari. As former AnandTech editor-in-chief (and current Apple employee) Anand Shimpi stated in his review of the iPad Air back in 2013:
 
In general you’re looking at a 20 - 30% increase in memory footprint when dealing with an all 64-bit environment. At worst, the device’s total memory usage never exceeded 60% of what ships with the platform but these are admittedly fairly light use cases. With more apps open, including some doing work in the background, I do see relatively aggressive eviction of apps from memory. The most visible case is when Safari tabs have to be reloaded upon switching to them. Applications being evicted from memory don’t tend to be a huge problem since the A7 can reload them quickly.
 
The tricky part is you don’t really need all that much more memory. Unfortunately as with any dual-channel memory architecture, you’re fairly limited in how you can increase memory capacity and still get peak performance. Apple’s only move here would be to go to 2GB, which understandably comes with both power and financial costs. The former is a bigger concern for the iPhone 5s, but on the iPad Air I would’ve expected a transition sooner rather than later.
 
One other tidbit of information gathered from this particular logic board is that it features 16GB of NAND storage. This means that after four years on the market, Apple still doesn’t seem to want to take a few extra bucks out of its wallet to cover an extra 16GB to make the base iPad system 32GB.

 
Other features destined for the next generation iPads include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Touch ID, support for Apple Pay, and a new Gold color option.
 
All will be revealed when the new iPads are officially announced on Thursday, but we hope that the reports are right about the RAM and wrong about the base storage configurations.

Source: Mac Rumors





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