The iPad need more RAM.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MeTHoD-X, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. MeTHoD-X macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    I've had my iPad since Monday so I've had time to play around with it and generally I like it. It's what I expected from the device. Most people said it should of had a camera, USB ports, hdmi, etc. Not me. For what it does, I don't think it needs any of those things. What it needs is 1 GB of RAM. I can barely keep 3 tabs open in safari without the first one clearing itself from the RAM. I can't even imagine how iOS4 is going to deal with multitasking. I just don't think it has the ability to juggle multiple apps even with Apple's new implementation on multitasking.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    I don't like the fact the browser doesn't have persistence either. Apple has not implemented true multitasking, but has done it in a way where it should minimize the impact of memory.

    More memory would affect the battery life and we all love long battery lives.
  3. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    iPhone 4 now has 512 RAM, the iPad only 256, so I'm personally pretty certain that the iPad will get more RAM in it's next iteration.
  4. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    I think you're complaining about a software issue rather that hardware.

    Why? Because the iPad behaves in exactly the same way as every other 3.x device I've ever used when it comes to Safari. More than a couple of tabs and it reloads when you switch to another page. However after upgrading to iOS4 that behaviour largely goes away (or at least improves significantly) on an iPod Touch 3rd Gen which suggests this is more a software issue than anything hardware related.

    Basically, any complaints about 256Mb being too much of a limitation should wait until iOS4 comes out for the iPad. If anyone isn't comfortable with that then delay your purchase until after its released and see what the feedback is.
  5. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Try Atomic browser, Life browser, iCab browser. All of them work better at multiple tabs without reloading. Your issue is a software one. It's been covered many many times before. Maybe if you could have kept more tabs open it would have allowed you to search the forum ;)
  6. kilidar macrumors member

    May 24, 2010
    I agree the iPad needs more ram, I run backgrounder, usually want to keep things like Skype, MSN, rdp session running in the background then do other stuff, i find that when I load huge web page or run a 3D game, some of the apps apps running in the background close when it runs out of available RAM. Not fussed about camera fro or back, don't see myself doin video a calls while carrying soming this size in front of my face and walking around. I enjoy using the iPad a lot, I thought that it was lacking in the amount of RAM before I bought it and I was right, this is only get get worse as time goes by is more RAM hungry apps are developed. Shame.
  7. vw195 macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2008
    It is an absolute travesty that this otherwise excellent product is marred with so little ram. I see myself trading up at the first available opportunity. Of course it also needs BT headset profile!
  8. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    This was never a concern - for anybody on this forum - until Apple announced 512mb on the iPhone. Suddenly, everybody's iPad turned to crap. Well, except mine. Mine is fine.
  9. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    That's not really true. If you go back to the release point in the topic threads you will find a lot of people complaining about only 256MB and how inadequate that would be when multitasking arrived.
  10. Maziar macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2010
    No one didn't talk about 256mb of RAM for iPad before the iPhone 4 release.
    IMO iPad will be fine with iOS 4 because i "think" Apple will make it optimized with 256MB RAM of iPad.
    And TBH,i never felt any slowing with my iPad,its very snappy.
  11. vw195 macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2008
  12. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    Gotta agree with ya Batt.

    Bitch about no multi-tasking, it comes....BAM! Not enough RAM....Go Figure:rolleyes:

    Come on guys/gals...Seriously! The iPad is TRULY revolutionary!!! Less than a decade ago, stock computers sold with 64-128 megs of RAM!!! Everyone was JUST fine, and we were able to do MANY complex tasks. Just because we can upgrade our MacPros to 32 gigs...our iMacs to 16gigs...or our Mini to 8...doesn't mandate the need for that much memory in a mobile device...meant to conserve power, so it can be used for many hours without recharge.

    I've got several Macs for our family owned A/V production business....Even doing several tasks at once (Excluding heavy photo or video processing), my personal Macs (iMac, MB and MBP) rarely exceed a gig of RAM usage at any given time (and all have several times that). Certainly one of the excellent traits of OSX and Apple software across the board....VERY good at memory "triage." Especially compared to Windows! (I switched 4 years ago;))

    I think the same holds true for the mobile OS platform Apple has built for the iPhone/iPod/iPad. Extremely good memory efficiency. I don't believe the programmers will code their apps to bring the iPad to it's knees! It's not the Windows world...or even the desktop/notebook world where there are MANY variations and ages of machines in use. There's only ONE! The same one the App Developers are using!

    I guess I'm just blown away but the nitpicking sometimes....stop by the board to check out some info on the iPad, only to see the disappointment of some folks...for NO reason! There are plenty of browsing apps that'll keep your tabs open! And, as a 3Gs owner myself, I'm REALLY happy with the new OS update....feels like a new phone! I've held off on the upgrade to iPhone 4...just to ride out the initial mayhem. Not so sure now though....I'm really diggin the latest update.

    I apologize for the rant...but to find people bitching about a totally free update, and one that adds almost every feature folks asked borders on ridiculous...I mean, didn't you know what you were buying before you got it? This day and age of Firmware updates is exciting...just a couple short years ago, once you bought a were stuck with it, and it's limitations however great or small. Not the case anymore.

    Just reminds me of a small child...getting gifts, and crying that it wasn't the one he wanted:confused:

  13. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    As mentioned, try another browser to get around the reload. What could be bad is if app developers come out with things that utilize the extra RAM (games) in the iPhone that don't work as well on the iPad. It was inevitable that something faster and more powerful would come out. I guess it's a little irksome that it happened so fast, but the bottom line is my iPad works fine with 256 Meg right now.
  14. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
  15. Maziar macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2010
  16. ciaran00 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    No one is denying it's not revolutionary, ok? We're just saying the RAM is a little frickin low. It's not less than a decade ago, it's now. It's not a numbers comparison, we really do see a hit in day to day use because of the small amount of RAM. The hit isn't performance - the device is very snappy. We see it the device complaining about memory, in apps closing down, and in app behavior (like Safari's).

    We're simply concerned what 256 is going to be like with multitasking. The 3GS experience with multitasking has been lukewarm. Is this going to plague my 2010 iOS device too? If it does, then Apple was really being damn cheap.

    The 3GS is a smaller device. The iPad is not.
  17. heavy2healthy macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    mine is fine I use atomic browser but I dont understand why they didnt put more ram in it. I now have a few apple products it seems apple is cheap with ram on all products. For the dollars they charge its sad but they have the audience so good for them. lol
  18. Tangu macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Thanks for that ! i didn't know about those browser, i'll test them out, but it seem that Atomic browser is the best of all. I am so tired of the reloading pages...

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