iPod Touch 4th Gen RAM and the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Don Kosak, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Well, the teardown has spilled the beans, the iPod Touch 4th Gen. has the same amount of RAM as the iPAD.

    I think this is great news for iPad owners. Developers wanting to target new devices will have to take the 256MB RAM spec as a guide post to optimize for.

    I was a little concerned when the iPhone 4 came out with 512mb that folks would start writing memory hungry apps, and make the iPad 1st Gen obsolete within a year.

    Now, I feel the 1st Gen iPad has just gotten an extra 1-2 years of solid App support on top of the 1-2 years it already had.

    As a developer, even using Open GL, the big bottleneck is the CPU and network latency. RAM is hardly ever an issue, unless you have a nasty leak. 256MB is a reasonable number to work with.

    Remember, the Sony PlayStation 3 has 256MB of RAM, and that hasn't had much impact on the quality of software you see for it.

    In a year or so, I'm sure we'll see more 512MB iOS devices -- but for now, 256 RAM seems to be the prime memory watermark. And our iPads are right there.
  2. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Veery good post, Dan.

    Hopefully it will alleviate some of the illogical attention toward 256 vs 512.
  3. lozpop macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2006
    Really a good news! Apps won't want 512 MB required.:D
  4. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    Thanks Dan. For all the logic of your post, some will still come here and complain about the supposed lack of ram.
  5. stordoff macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2009
    I've presumed all along that the extra RAM in the iPhone is to cover the overheads of it being a phone. This pretty much confirms it for me.

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