iPad 3 RAM 1GB vs 512MB?!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by whocaresit, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. whocaresit, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
    Based on the current market competition, it would be stupid of Apple to keep the iPad 3's RAM limited at 512 MB. Both PlayBook and Galaxy Tab 10.1 have 1GB RAM.

    How much RAM are you expecting to see in the iPad 3? 512 MB or 1GB? :eek:
  2. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    You'll most likely be disappointed with the next release, whenever that happens.
  3. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
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    Why? I think 1GB is plausible.
  4. henchman macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
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  5. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    While they SHOULD put 1GB in, I think it will be 512MB still. 1GB will be iPad 4.
  6. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2008
    Ranchi, India
    Apple is user-experience driven, not spec driven

    I'm the first to agree that the 256mb in iPad 1 was deficient because it caused Safari tabs to reload chronically. I have no similar issues with iPad 2 - so I don't really care how much RAM the 3 will have, as long as there are no hugely limiting issues.
  7. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    several reasons why I believe you are more likely to get 512 than 1gb:

    1. iOS 5 is not yet released but will run fine on iPad 1. Releasing a new heavier OS (due to os graphics and whatnot) will be a great excuse for ram increase. seems this obviously isnt the case this year or early next year.
    2. Developers will still be making apps compatible with iPad 1 to maximize profit, even in ones like "fruity loops" which utilize more system resources. Therefore apple will not feel pressure from developers.
    3. Apple rarely touts ram specs, but they love to brag about performance increase, which in the case of iPads is not dependent on ram.
    4. As is the case every year, majority of apple buyers wont know the difference.

    all that being said, i for one am never against more for my money so I would be happy to find out they upgraded. I have been very happy with memory performance of iPad 2 though.
  8. interwebs macrumors member

    May 26, 2011
    Wow, great. Another thread on what features Apple must put in the iPad 3 or else suffer apocalyptic loss in market share. We totally needed another one of those. Can we talk about how if it doesn't come in September it's certain doom, while we're at it?
  9. erawsd macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2011
    Apple has never been the type of company to play the specs game. If the iPad 3 needs 1GB it'll have a gig, but they aren't going to put it in just because Android devices have that much.

    That said, if the iPad 3 really does have a retina display of some sorts, then I imagine they'll have to beef up the ram.
  10. hi res macrumors member

    hi res

    Jan 17, 2011
    Outer Burbs, IL
    I didn't see anything about what Apple must put anywhere...your post was completely unnecessary and even detrimental to the OP's question...why even bother posting?

    I think it's quite possible we see 1Gb, but would not be at all surprised if it stayed at 512...no complaints here...
  11. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    It would be nice, but it's not necessary. The iPad doesn't really need it, and the only developers who'd take serious advantage of it are the ones writing iPad 3 only apps. That'll be a tiny percentage of apps, and for everything else you'd just get marginally better multitasking and safari.

    iOS is surprisingly tight when it comes to memory use, I must say. I've been writing a fairly heavy app recently, and came to check memory usage to see if it needed some optimising there.. and it was using about 25MB. You could run 5 copies on an iPad 1 and not run low.
  12. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    if ([iPad hasRetina] == YES)
       [iPad setMainMemory:1024];
       [iPad setMainMemory:512];
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    April is a long way off; plenty of time for apple to put a gig in the third one.
  14. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Haven't been following closely ..... do we know how much RAM in iPad 3?
  15. Buildbright macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2011
    The only time I think the ipad could use more ram is using ibooks textbooks. Other than that my ipad 1 and 2 work flawlessly.
  16. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    As previously stated, a Retina Display will require more than 512MB of RAM in order to maintain an end user-experience that is to Apple's standard.
  17. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    May happen but most likely not only time will tell.
  18. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i probably won't buy it if it only has 512 mb. on the ipad 1 i got constant crashes with pdfs because it lacked ram. the ipad 2 largely solved this problem, but page renders are slow, and i still get crashes. my aim with this upgrade is to take advantage of the beautiful retina display AND be able to read my pdfs better. no crashes on the asus transformer (1 gb ram), so apple needs to step up their game.

    i am sure less ram is fine for most use-cases, but for reading large pdfs (for some reason, ones with un-optimized color images in particular), it is a real pain. even my netbook from a few years ago has 1gb ram...

    it wouldn't be stupid of apple to be stingy with ram, and some users might not even notice, but i would :(
  19. ThatsMeRight, Mar 1, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012

    ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    It actually is very important for a performance increase. The iPhone 4 has an A4 processor with 512 MB of RAM. Its performance, when looking at multitasking, smoothness and performance of heavy apps (like games), is comparable to that of the iPad 2.

    The first generation iPad and the fourth generation iPod touch, however, have an A4 processor with only 256 MB of RAM. The difference is big. These two devices encounter many more crashes than the iPhone 4, heavy apps run less smooth and the over-all UI smoothness is just worse than on the iPhone 4.

    RAM is very important.

    I'm not sure what Apple is going to do. As much as I'd like to see 1 GB, especially when looking at this 'retina display', I think it is not unlikely that Apple is going to stick with 512 MB. Apple always uses very cheap parts to make their products as profitable as possible.
  20. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I don't think this is true. I think Apple routinely uses too little RAM in its products (I would include the Macbook Air in this category as well). That doesn't lead me to your conclusion. Overall, I have been generally impressed with the quality of everything from processors to the home key, and I doubt these are "cheap" parts in the sense of inexpensive or poorly built.

    Including too little RAM is a poor design decision that occurs somewhere along the way, and I have to wonder if there is someone there who just has a real aversion to it, kind of like Steve's hatred of fan noise (I agree with him there).
  21. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I would be really surprised if we see 512M memory. With a retina screen the way graphical objects are managed required several copies of the same object. Not talking only about the direct video ram; but the software layer above in Quartz and CoreAnimation. If 512 and retina we would have a DOA. So I'm sure we see 1GB
  22. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    512mb would do fine on he ipad 3 in iOS.....also for retina....but that concludes it. Apps will have alot less resources available, maybe even making big games have lag, if they stick with 512mb.
    No im pretty sure it will be more then 512mb. 1gb is very very likely.
  23. MacAttacka macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2012
    Why go to town upping major specs and gimp the ram? That is unless Apple are adament that IOS 5.1, 6.x and possibly 7.x wont require more than 512MB. Thats a tall order right there.

    iPad 3 WILL be both quad core and have 1GB ram. And it will have SKU of 32GB & 64GB. Mark my words.

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