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The third-generation Apple TV 4K and 10th-generation iPad announced this week are both equipped with increased RAM.

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The newly released Xcode 14.1 Release Candidate confirms that the new Apple TV and iPad both contain 4GB of RAM. The previous Apple TV 4K and the ninth-generation iPad are equipped with 3GB of RAM, so both devices have received a memory boost.

Xcode has accurately revealed the amount of RAM in several iPhones, iPads, and other devices. Thanks to @AppleSWUpdates for assistance.

The new Apple TV is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, while the 10th-generation iPad is equipped with the A14 Bionic chip. The chip and RAM upgrades will contribute to increased performance and responsiveness on the devices.

For the new iPad Pro, Apple's website says there is 8GB of RAM in models with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage and 16GB of RAM in models with 1TB or 2TB storage.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman accurately reported that the new Apple TV would have 4GB of RAM prior to the device being announced.

Article Link: New Apple TV and 10th-Generation iPad Both Feature Increased 4GB of RAM
 

oneMadRssn

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What does more RAM get you? More buffering?
I think it allows more apps running in the background. Right now, if you're always switching between HBO, Netflix, Prime, and Disney, tvOS might close the third or fourth last used app. So when you switch to it, it has to load anew, which might take some time (splash screen, pull the latest lists, populate the UI, etc.). With more RAM, more apps can continue to run in the background. So when you switch back to an used app you last used four apps ago, it will be instant as if you never left that app.
 

GubbyMan

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Apple TV with A15 is so powerful it can probably run macOS if Apple wanted it. Just take the $149 128GB model with ethernet, add two USB-C ports, increase RAM to 8GB and remove the included remote.
 

NotTooLate

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What does more RAM get you? More buffering?
It helps with keeping the data you are using now close to your SoC , the penalty of going to the DRAM instead of an internal cache is nothing compared to going to the SSD for your data , so it impacts performance and responsiveness in case you have a lot of apps running and you toggle between them , if none of them need to go to the SSD you feel like they are all instant , note that in the past it was going to a magnetic hard drive , today SSD are blistering fast , but still !
 
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nwcs

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It doesn’t seem all that useful. Same with storage. If you can’t download from home library or purchases, what’s the point?
 
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brownj218

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I’m hoping the new CPU + RAM allow for faster object detection for HomeKit secure video. I love HSV but my only gripe is how long notifications take for motion events, compared to the solution I was using before
 
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Freida

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Or just get the previous version because this is overkill for a TV interface device.
Unless something changes, there really is no reason to get more power in this device.



So...for $20 more, you get Ethernet, Thread support, 4Gb RAM and 128Gb of Storage...seems like a no brainer in this case
 
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bozzykid

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It doesn’t seem all that useful. Same with storage. If you can’t download from home library or purchases, what’s the point?
My guess is it's needed for the thread and homekit support which they will likely be pushing more and more in upcoming updates. Especially with things like security cameras, etc.
 
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It doesn’t seem all that useful. Same with storage. If you can’t download from home library or purchases, what’s the point?
Those of us that mainly just stream may not have much use for the added storage, but those with younger kids that play games on the Apple TV will certainly appreciate it. Games can take up quite a lot of space these days.
 
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My guess is it's needed for the thread and homekit support which they will likely be pushing more and more in upcoming updates. Especially with things like security cameras, etc.
With security cameras, that information is streamed off into iCloud. It's not stored locally. A bit of space is used to store that data before the upload but you're talking a couple hundred megabytes at very most.
 

CrzyP

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I wonder, with the spec bump in processing, storage, and memory, what unannounced plans Apple has for this. Perhaps this is for the VR headset? Is it for home automation? Seems like overkill specs for what it currently does.
 
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mystery hill

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With security cameras, that information is streamed off into iCloud. It's not stored locally. A bit of space is used to store that data before the upload but you're talking a couple hundred megabytes at very most.
I was mistaken.

If there is an internet outage then recordings will be stored on the Apple TV until service is restored. Depending on the number of cameras and the duration of the outage, it could be much more than a couple of hundred of megabytes.
 
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