256mb RAM

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  1. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

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    I just read that the iPad has 256mb not 512mb? This is the same amount as the iPhone and iPod touch but the iPad has a much larger screen, what gives? Doesn't this seem like it will limit multitasking?
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    It's not a problem when there is no multitasking....

    Anyway, stop thinking of the specs in relation to a normal computer, that's pointless.
     
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  4. tim916 macrumors member

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    Apple spent 1 billion just developing the processor for the iPad. Do you really think that they would have only put in 256mb of ram if they thought it would hamstring the intended functionality?
     
  5. msduncan macrumors 6502

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    It amuses me that as fast as this machine is, people are worried to death over the amount of RAM.
     
  6. ugp macrumors 65816

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    RAM doesn't mean anything really. The apps are designed to run with it. Game consoles don't have much RAM either.
     
  7. BigCanoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Game consoles don't multitask either, I guess that's a good comparison.
     
  8. ugp macrumors 65816

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    I'm willing to beat the iPad can multitasking just fine. VirtualMemory is an option and works well. Flash Memory is fast. Time will tell.
     
  9. ImperialX macrumors 65816

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    Mac OS X 10.0 could run well on 128MB of RAM and multitask quite well, not to mention the fact that the iPad uses Flash Memory that can do Virtual RAM quite well.

    EDIT: Ninja'd.
     
  10. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    When I first read the headline (and the story of the single core processor) I was a bit shocked... why wouldn't they have comparable innards to other devices (ie a dual core.. or A9.. whatever it is)... but then I just watched a video of it running apps and am now starting to think who cares about the actual specs if it works really well? Sure it looks bad on a stats sheet but I'm not sure the point of a device like this is to have more muscle than the competitors.. I think it's intended to just work better.
     
  11. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Perhaps it is finally time for people to focus on what a device DOES rather than what it IS (tech specs).

    :)
     
  12. heavensblade23 macrumors regular

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    The amount of RAM matters if you plan on jailbreaking to enable multitasking. RAM is pretty much the #1 concern running a lot of the better Cydia apps.
     
  13. ugp macrumors 65816

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    I don't think Apple cares about this one or had it in mind when they designed it. I am so there are reasons Apple decided to only go with this amount of RAM. A lot of the games are stunning for such a device. The battery life is amazing. Let's see a Netbook do that. Haha I had to grow that last part in there.
     
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  15. lilo777 macrumors 603

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    Are you saying that iPad is an abnormal computer? :D
     
  16. lilo777 macrumors 603

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    Netbook do what? They already have longer battery life than iPad.
     
  17. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    No. They corrected/updated that teardown description. It has one 2Mb (MegaBIT) chip. That's a total of 256MB (MegaBYTE) of RAM, for whatever Apple wants to divide it up into. :)
     
  18. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I'm saying it's a whole new type of computing I like to refer to as casual computing.
     
  19. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

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    10-12 hours playing video and 3D games? I had no idea. My friend is always charging his netbook. I guess he just has a rubbish one.
     
  20. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

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    My jail broken iPhone can multitask just fine with 256mb ram so I'm pretty sure it won't be an issue. My first packard bell had 8mb ram and windows 3.1 multitasked too.
     
  21. ugp macrumors 65816

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    I am not too aware of a Netbook that can outperform the iPad in battery life...I could be wrong...but which one?

    Nor can a Netbook play games like the iPad can. I know the two devices really cannot be compared and a Netbook can do other things the iPad can't and vice versa.
     
  22. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    Name one.
     
  23. marksman macrumors 603

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    You mean if you leave them plugged into a wall?

    What netbook will power 12 hours of full screen video without a charge?
     

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