RAM: Xoom 1GB - Playbook 1GB - HP Touchpad 1GB - iPad2 ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Piggie, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Do you think Apple dare to fit only 512MB of Ram in the iPad2 ?

    Given all the recently shown tablets. The Motorola Xoom, the Rim Playbook and the HP Touchpad are all going to have 1GB of Ram.

    Yes, I know many of you will say, numbers and specs don't matter to most people.

    But even if that is the case for some. Do you think Apple would only go with 512MB in their next product to carry them till April 2012 ?

    Personally I feel they will go with 512MB, but I hope I'm wrong and the surprise me with 1GB as more RAM is always a good thing for Devs to work with.
  2. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    I expect 512MB, but I wouldn't be surprised by 1GB. It really depends on how aggressive (if at all) the overhaul is for iOS5.
  3. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    I believe Apple will go with 512MB's of RAM but I seriously hope I'm wrong. At this point though everything's up in the air. We can assume it will have a better processor, more RAM and an improved display. To what degree, nobody knows.
  4. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    I imagine your average user will never know and it will not be mentioned during the release.
  5. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I will be interested to see what most people here think.
    I imagine like me, and the 1st two replies, most people are expecting 512MB but would like 1GB.

    In reply to what you say, some customers will never know, and some customers will never care, however you can bet reviews that normal people do read will comment on this. I'm not saying it would stop a purchase, but it would still be a negative point in a comparison review which I'm sure there will be plenty of in tech magazines over the course of the year.
  6. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    I think that this masturbatory "I think Apple should do this, but it's more likely that Apple will do that" perseveration is getting a little old.
  7. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I know you are one of the regular posters who seem to stand up for Apple no matter what, but don't you perhaps feel from a developer point of view, the less number of changes the better.
    If you are now having to manage to stay within the limitations of the 256MB total RAM in our iPad1, and then for iPad2 be able to use 512MB of RAM and then in iPad3 be able to have 1GB to use.

    Would it not be better for Devs to give them 1GB on the next model and be able to run this same amount through to the iPad3 also?

    The least number of things changing has to be better an easier to manage for everyone don't you think?
  8. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    I didn't say it should or shouldn't have 1GB of RAM, just that you're incessant "Apple's not going to do what I think Apple should do" speculation is tiring. Maybe they'll have 1GB and maybe they won't. Save up your hostility for when the next iPad is actually released.
  9. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    If they bumped it to 1GB, wouldn't that preclude the original iPad from running a lot of newer software? Too much obsolescence too soon, IMO.
  11. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    If the rumors are true, and the iPad 3 does indeed make its debut in September at Apple's iPod/ iTunes event, then 512MB RAM on the iPad wouldn't be terrible. They could save the 1GB for iPad 3. I agree though - a jump from 256MB to a whole 1GB would be too much obsolescence too soon. :D
  12. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I don't understand the too much concept of 1gb being worse for iPad 1 than moving to 512mb.

    If you use 1k more than the 256mb in the iPad 1 then it won't run.

    Doe not matter if you have 1mb more of ram or 1 terabyte more ram, once you used more than the iPad 1 has that's it.
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    That argument doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If they put 1GB of RAM in iPad2, people will simply clamor for 2GB of RAM in iPad3. On the other hand, if iPad2 has only 512MB, and they raise it to 1GB in iPad3, there will be more overall satisfaction -- people will be happy this year that the iPad2 has more RAM than iPad1, and people will be happy next year that iPad3 has more than iPad2.
  14. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    That all fine and dandy except iPad isn't the only tablet on the market this time around. Android and WebOS tablets will all have higher specs so Apple needs to at least try to be somewhat competitive.
  15. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    They need to be competitive in performance, yes. I'm not convinced 1GB is necessary over 512MB for performance.
  16. samab macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2006
    I agree --- the same thing can happen on the CPU front as well.

    Apple doesn't need to go dual-core on the iphone 5 --- they can go with a single core 1.2-1.4 GHz CPU.
  17. iMattcotv macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2010

    I want POWER..

  18. mosx macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2007
    hahaha quoted for truth.

    One thing we know is that Apple will only upgrade the iPad to match the top end iPhone currently available.

    I mean, look at what happened last year. iPhone 4 was in the pipeline with 512MB of RAM. Yet Apple shipped the iPad with 256MB. Apple/Jobs knew far enough in advance about the changes that they were going to make to the iPhone 4 and could have updated the iPad accordingly. But they did not.

    So that means we'll only see an iPad with 512MB of RAM.

    And look at their computers too. Apple generally includes 1/4-1/2 the RAM you get in PCs for the same price.

    Apple is definitely not going to play the spec game with the iPad the same way they don't with computers. They'll make up other reasons as to why they feel their product is better, even if others outclass it in terms of specs by light years.
  19. TEHi macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Hardware-wise, you dont need that much RAM, it is the processing speed and graphic capability that really matter.

    I cannot complain about the current ipad's speed even under heavy load, so I think 512mb is more than enough.

    However they should not step back in battery life, it is the main reason I still own it even though i use my iphone 80% of the time.
  20. DeeEss macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2011
    I bet even if Apple didn't upgrade the RAm, people would still buy it over the others because it's an iPad.
  21. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Apple is all about sales and profits and if going to 1GB vs 512MB is going to cost them say, $10 more, that could easily translate to $100,000,000 in lost profit (10 Million iPads sold).

    Would they recoup that $100 Million from additional sales by going with 1GB? That's around 166,700 additional iPads at an average of $600/iPad...would they get 166,700 more people to buy it because it has 1GB vs 512MB?
  22. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    People can tell the difference, even if they don't know why.

    More RAM helps with being able to keep more web pages in memory.
  23. Coukos34 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Exactly. Why is this not obvious to others? All they care about is whining about what they think it should have. Face it, 1GB makes no sense
  24. Coukos34 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Yea something the iphone 4 has no problem with. It has 512mb of ram. Sorry, but just because 1GB sounds enticing hardware wise, does not mean it makes sense for apple. If software for the ipad has to be designed to work withing the 256MB of the original ipad, why on Earth would they need to include 1GB of ram. Completely overkill
  25. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009

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