iphoto RAM

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Valkyre, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Valkyre macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    Hello guys.

    I was working on my rmbp the other night and I used iphoto to editi some of my photos, browse them, zoom in out for details etc etc.

    After about 40 mins of working with iphoto I checked activity monitor and I saw that iphoto was using 1GB of system RAM!

    Is that considered normal behavior for iphoto? I really could not believe that after 30 mins the application required so much RAM... I mean what would happen if I continued working for like 2 hours? It could go to 2GB ram??

    Please help me understand how this works because i really scratch my head around this.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes, that is normal. iPhoto (and most OS X apps) will use any memory available to cache your work/data. If you stop using iPhoto and launch another app that needs the memory, OS X will allocate what the new app needs. Don't sweat it. :)
  3. Valkyre thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    Thank you very much for your reply! :) For a moment I thought there was something wrong! :)

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