iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM (Twice the iPad and 3GS)

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Since the launch of the original iPhone, Apple has made efforts to hide some of the actual tech specs of the device from consumers. Apple has never advertised or even published the processor speed or amount of RAM found in the iPhone. Arguably, Apple is trying to shield customers from these technical distractions and instead trying to focus on overall functionality.

    More technically inclined customers, however, still love to know what they have to work with. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G contained 128MB of RAM, while the iPhone 3GS was boosted to 256MB of RAM. Similarly, the iPad contains 256MB of RAM. This discrepancy offers a technical explanation why Apple is not supporting iOS 4 features such as multi-tasking on the original and 3G iPhone -- there simply isn't enough RAM.

    We have since confirmed that the upcoming iPhone 4's RAM has again been upgraded. This will bring it to a total of 512MB of RAM, twice as much as the 3GS and iPad. This number actually contradicts tear down photos of a prototype iPhone 4 that was leaked to the internet. An analysis of that prototype device showed it only carried 256MB of RAM. The 512MB figure, however, does agree with a Digitimes report from May 17th that confirmed a 960x640 screen resolution, thinner display, and indeed 512MB of RAM. We had heard that Apple confirmed this 512MB figure during one of the WWDC sessions last week, and have now verified this.

    The added RAM should help overall performance and multi-tasking on the new iPhone 4. It could also explain why the iMovie App that Apple introduced at WWDC will only run on the iPhone 4. Apple has said iMovie will only run on the iPhone 4 and not the 3GS or even the iPad. It seems conceivable that it actually makes use of the extra RAM offered by the iPhone 4.

    Article Link: iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM (Twice the iPad and 3GS)
  2. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    Who confirmed it? I don't believe it till there's a new teardown. I sure hope it's true, of course.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
  4. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2010
    iPad 2 will probably be great.... can't wait!
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    This is great news!! That was my one concern about the iPhone 4. I wish they would have put 512 in the iPad. No news on the clock speed yet?
  6. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Apple confirmed it. At WWDC.

  7. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    This makes me wonder why Apple only put in 256MB on the iPad. Good for the iPhone though.
  8. macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2007
    Multi-tasking will sure benefit from that. And I can't wait to try iMovie (so glad it's only going to be $4.99).

    7 more days, 7 more days, 7 more days!
  9. macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    If it is true then the useful lifetime of the iPad just got shortened quite a bit. If it already has much less ram then it's just a matter of time till the newest OS won't support it anymore.

    Ah well, technology. It will be ok for two to three years. Then it's time to update anyway.
  10. macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2010
  11. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2007
    New Jersey
    My iPad's 256MB RAM and non-Retina Display make it seem ... ugh.
  12. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    Wow, if this is true then it's really good news. Still, that's how much RAM shipped with my PowerBook close to five years ago. Crazy! :D
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009

    That's awesome that they put 512mb in the new iPhone -- that was the one missing hardware upgrade in my opinion. I just wish I could upgrade my iPad to do the same because iMovie would be an awesome experience on the iPad. In fact, working in iMovie recently I was thinking it would be nice if they had an iPad version of it.
  14. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Indeed...??? :confused:

    Must admit I don't seem to miss the extra 256 MB ATM.. probably will be missing it once iPad 2 is out with iOS 4 and some gr8 new games that will require 512 MB RAM... :rolleyes:
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    It's sort of odd that it took this long for it to leak out of WWDC.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2010
    The ipad, though always sort of niche and dumb, has now been rendered completely useless.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Can't wait for the iPhone! :D

    Guess I'll wait for the newer model iPad before I buy one for my mom. :)
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    ...yet another reason for people like me to sell my iPad and buy the new one when it comes out. Hoping an iMovie app will come out for the iPad when the next one is released.

    Anyway, I'm even a little more excited now to get my new iPhone Thursday!!!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
  20. macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Ah. Nice! iOS platforms get a pinch more fragmented. 'Tis evolution for the better so long as the old stuff is drop-supported ASAP! :D
  21. macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2010
    FINALLY, jesus

    apple playing with the big boys after about a year
  22. macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I believe the clock speed for the iPhone 4 is 1ghz vs the 3GS which has 600mhz
  23. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Well that's about the dumbest thing I've heard all day. On a side note, I just remembered I know how to walk so I guess that means my car is completely useless. :rolleyes:
  24. macrumors 68000


    Aug 18, 2008
    At the bend in the river
  25. macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2010
    South East, USA
    awsome news! I was thinking it would be 256mb since i never saw mention of more from wwdc..apparently more discussion went on about whats under the hood. 512mb will help a whole lot in multitasking and overall system stability.

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