Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2 GB

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's second-generation iPad Air may get a memory upgrade, bumping it up to 2 GB of RAM instead of the 1 GB in the current-generation device, reports Taiwan's TechNews [Google Translate] (via iPhone in Canada). According to the site, the increased RAM will be limited to the iPad Air, as the second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to continue to offer 1 GB of RAM.

    Apple began offering 1 GB of RAM with the third generation iPad, keeping the same amount of memory in the fourth-generation device and the fifth-generation iPad Air. With such a long span of time between memory upgrades, customers have been wondering when Apple might opt to bump up the RAM in its tablet lineup.

    iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID home button
    Previous generations of the iPad have likely not seen a memory increase in order to keep costs low, save space, and preserve battery, but with some of the upcoming iOS 8 features, more RAM might be a necessity for smooth performance.

    Apple is rumored to be working on split-screen multitasking for the iPad Air, a feature that will certainly be more memory intensive than running a single app at a time. The feature is said to allow two apps to run side-by-side on the iPad in multiple sizes, including 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4. While split-screen multitasking is likely to be available on existing devices, it may run better on Apple's upcoming iPad Air, which is also expected to gain a new A8 processor.

    Thus far, rumors have suggested that split-screen multitasking will be limited to the iPad Air, though support may come to the iPhone and the Retina iPad mini at a later date. Split-screen multitasking is unlikely to be ready for iOS 8's fall debut, but it may come as part of an 8.1 update.

    Previous concept for split-screen multitasking (not based on specific rumors)

    TechNews also shares some information on Apple's upcoming iWatch, suggesting the device will sport 512 MB of internal memory along with 8 GB of storage, which cannot be confirmed with previous rumors as little is known about the device.

    TechNews does not have much of a track record when it comes to Apple rumors, and what it has shared has seen mixed outcomes. The site accurately predicted a sapphire cover for the Touch ID home button ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5s, but it also incorrectly suggested the home button would be capacitive.

    Apple is said to be planning an October event to unveil the iWatch, even though the device may not ship until late 2014 or early 2015. That October event may also include the debut of the second-generation iPad Air and the second-generation Retina iPad mini.

    Article Link: Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2 GB
  2. macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    Irvine, CA
  3. Milese3, Aug 20, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
    That's all good! Let's hope the iPhone gets that boost too!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2013
    Somewhere In Apple's HQ ;)
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I would expect this to happen in the iPhone 6 also since they will almost absolutely likely use the same SOC.
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2002
    Columbus, Ohio
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    if the iPad does get 2 GB i think the iPhone 6 will also.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Would be lame if the mini missed out on something so essential.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    All new iOS devices should get this treatment. Keep up Apple
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    Not sure if serious... ;)

    Taiwan's TechNews is trolling MacRumors...
  11. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
    I going to replace my old IPad 2 with a new IPad 2 for the holidays. :)
  12. macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2013
  13. macrumors regular


    May 4, 2009
    If this is true I want to upgrade my Air! Damn you Apple!!
  14. macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2007
    It HAS to go to 2 GB...being unable to switch between multiple apps (especially anything in iWork) rapidly, or having Messages freeze up while it repopulates the message list drives me nuts. 1GB on my current Air is biggest complaint of any Apple product I've ever owned.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    My ipad 3 seems to work fine with 1gb of ram so why need the upgrade?
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    That and Touch ID will be the only things that will compel me to upgrade my current iPad Air.
  17. macrumors newbie


    Jul 25, 2012
    I was hoping for gold, finger print ID, and 2GB of memory on the first iPad air. Guess I should have waited another year before upgrading from my iPad 2.
  18. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
  19. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    I do hope the current iPad Air will support split screen multi tasking though.
  20. macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Come and take me now. My body is ready - Safari, 2014
  21. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
    Interesting how the post mentions the "iWatch's" specifications, I doubt the report would have been able to obtain those. I guess time will tell. :apple:
  22. macrumors 68020


    May 19, 2011
    Leicestershire, UK
    I've decided I won't be upgrading my iPad Air this time around. I think the Air is the best state the iPad has been in and I'm not gonna fork out for a new one just for TouchID (although it'll be a welcome and logical addition).

    That being said, I am an iPhone 5s owner and will be upgrading to the iPhone 6 purely because it's probably my most used device and because...ooh, shiny! I'll also be first in line for an iWatch!
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    Apple had to save Touch ID and 2GB RAM from last year to this year to give customers that 'I want that' factor :D
  24. macrumors regular

    May 28, 2013
    Can't wait to see what the Air 3 will offer.

    I already assumed what will happen with the Air 2, when they announced the Air (more ram, added touch ID) so i wasnt hyping.

    But Air 3 should yield something interesting.
  25. macrumors 68020


    May 19, 2011
    Leicestershire, UK
    I think you're right. The only reason I won't be upgrading my iPad Air is because I don't think Apple can offer me anything else in the way of the iPad right now.

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