How much RAM is too much?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Spectrum Abuser, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

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    I personally believe the iP5 will still have 512MB just like the iPad 2. From a user standpoint there is no real reason to bump up the RAM this year. The 3Gs is rocking 256MB and will be receiving iOS 5 although this is probably largely due to the iPT4 still having 256MB as well.

    But how much RAM is too much RAM? You can buy several Android phones pumping out 1GB.. But I bet nearly half of that isn't getting used.
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    and the current iPhone 4 (which also has 512mb ram).
     
  3. aohus macrumors 68000

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    imo, since iOS 5 will be more multi-tasking driven, I say more ram, about 768 MB is my guess.
     
  4. rick98761 macrumors 6502

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    You can never have too much. The more ram the more developers can do. It is all in the cost/performance ratio.
     
  5. Captain America macrumors 6502

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    It would be nice to see it bumped up to 768 or a gig. Even if it's not completely necessary, it'll be a middle finger to the rest of the smartphone world courtesy of Apple.

    As for how much is TOO much? 4+ GB seems insane to me lol.
     
  6. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a

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    This ^

    Although 1GB is perfect, 512 is 2010-ish and no apps require heavy usage of RAM to justify 2GB RAM iPhone
     
  7. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    1GB plzzzzzz and the more rams are always welcome for me.
     
  8. Spectrum Abuser thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'd still say 512MB is fine for the rest of 2011 and first quarter or two of 2012. The most I've ever drained my iP4 down to is 71MB. After that battery performance started taking a big hit. And I used SBSettings for the reading.
     
  9. Captain America macrumors 6502

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    Yeah and I definitely don't think 512 is enough. If I can use it all, then it's not enough lol.
     
  10. Spectrum Abuser thread starter macrumors 65816

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    As it stands right now I have 285MB of free memory with the iPod app running, Facebook, mail and settings. Pretty good although back in the 4.2.1 days I could pull off 380MB of free memory.
     
  11. s15119 macrumors 65816

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    8 gigs would be good.

    no such thing as too much ram.
     
  12. Captain America macrumors 6502

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    lol I can't even find a reason to have more than 4GB on my PC & laptop.
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree.
    The more ram the better.
    Its never too much.
     
  14. andrewlgm macrumors 6502

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    when every other company is offering 1GB, isn' t it pretty obvious apple will keep the 512MB? My iPad 1 is super slow due to its 216MB of ram. I open 4 apps and I have to open the dock and close them down due to the lagginess. And no, it isn't jailbroken. In my view apple will keep the 512 until the iPhone 6 is released next year.
     
  15. F123D macrumors 68040

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    1GB is a must. With the way cell phone technology is advancing soo quickly, keeping it at 512MB for 2012 would be a step backwards.
     
  16. shotts56 macrumors 6502

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    Well, my ZX81 in the early 1980s had 1k of RAM, and people said that was enough ...
     
  17. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    For serious. People should be shamed for using terms like "too much memory" and "too much storage." Open up Firefox with about 12-15 tabs, Excel, Word, Photoshop and TextWrangler on a computer with 2 GB of RAM. Thankfully I'm getting a new MBP soon, but I can totally appreciate RAM now.

    As you said, it's all about cost/performance or cost/benefit. Apple could develop an iPhone with 1GB of storage, but it would require a larger device and the cost would put it out of normal smartphone price range. If 64GB chips exist, you plug 20 of those into a circuit board. But if those were to cost even $50 apiece, that's $1,000 just for your storage.
     
  18. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    How is it a middle finger to the rest of the smartphone world? "******* you guys, we now offer as much RAM as you do!" :rolleyes:
     
  19. cinek macrumors 6502

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    memory management is much better in ios 5 - I think 1GB is way too much for a phone, but 512mb would be good enough

    more memory requires more battery power
     
  20. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    No...?
     
  21. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    With the things smartphones do these days, RAM is the last thing to be concerned about in terms of power consumption.
     
  22. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

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    Uh-huh. That's not how it works.

    On a computer, too little RAM will slow you down, because the computer will swap on the hard disk.

    iOS doesn't do that. If you have too little RAM, the programs are killed. Eventually even the one in the foreground will "crash".

    Your slowdowns are caused by too little CPU power, buggy programs or bugs in iOS. But not because of too little RAM.
     
  23. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Nope, the iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM ;)

    not really... if you add more RAM then this will allow you to process more with the memory rather than relying on virtual memory which uses the hard drive and is much less power efficient. :cool:
     
  24. TheSuperSteve macrumors 6502

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    He's talking about the iPod touch 4th generation.
     
  25. d0vr macrumors 6502a

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    Dumb question. No one complains about having too much RAM. Everyone complains when there isn't enough RAM and what you can do with the device becomes limited because of a lack of RAM.
     

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