Watch 3 w/ LTE has more ram...

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  1. nippyjun macrumors 65816

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    Do you think the extra 8gb of ram on the LTE watch is significant enough to get the LTE version just for more ram even if you aren't going to use the LTE feature?

    Do apps really use much memory?
    I know music could.
     
  2. pezasied182 macrumors 6502

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    The Apple Watch has 16gb of internal storage, not RAM.
     
  3. jhfenton macrumors 6502a

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    As pezasied182 correctly pointed out, you are referring to the onboard flash storage. The increased storage is the reason that if I buy a Series 3, I will buy the LTE model, even if I decide not (or can't) activate the service.

    The (officially undisclosed) amount of RAM is the same on both Series 3 models.
     
  4. KrisLord macrumors 68000

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    It’s storage space that’s different not RAM.

    I think it’s to store more music on the device as a cache so the LTE modem can be in a low power mode for longer. If you play an album it’ll download it all as quick as possible then reduce power to the modem vs caching one song at a time.

    The music you’ve listened to can then remain in that cache for longer due to the extra 8GB.
     
  5. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    I suspect when he/she said 'extra 8gb' we knew what they were on about :)
     
  6. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    You literally just made that up. First, I doubt that's the case. Over LTE I'd bet the Watch to be as efficient as possible and will absolutely only cache the song it's playing, and maybe - in the case of an album or radio playlist, the next song. It's never in a million years going to download an entire album in advance because I chose to play one song.
     
  7. KrisLord macrumors 68000

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    It’s an educated guess on a rumours website.

    If your song is encoded at 320Kbps it’s not going to stream constantly at 320kps for the full length of your run/walk or whatever. That’s inefficient.

    The whole aim of modern computing, whether that’s CPU or network is to get what needs going done as fast as possible and then switch to low power.
     
  8. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    I fully understand that. However, you're assuming linear process. If I start e.g. Album 1, your logic is that Album 1 will fully download so as to get everything done as fast as possible, and then switch to low power. And if the Watch KNEW via witchcraft that I was going to listen to that whole album right there and then, then yes - I'd agree.

    However, this is the real world, where Stuff Happens. e.g. What if I start Album 1, and then two songs in I switch to a different album? Are you honestly believing that the Apple Watch is going to keep downloading album after album because it think I'm going to listen to the whole thing, - even when I continually switch album after a song or two? There's absolutely zero chance of this happening. Zero.

    Guesses are not rumors, fyi. :)
     
  9. nippyjun thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes I meant on-board storage.

    I currently have apple watch 2 and like to keep music on the watch. The extra 8gb would be nice if they allow it to be used for music. Although if I use the LTE maybe I would just do streaming....
     
  10. ZebraDude macrumors 65816

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    well....if we are to believe GSMARENA.com the Series 3 does have more memory Series 0,1 and 2 have 512 MB RAM and the Series 3 has 768 MB RAM.
     
  11. WilliamG macrumors G3

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  13. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    No I understand. The discussion here was that the LTE models have more RAM, when they don't... but then again that was talking about 8GB vs 16GB which isn't RAM but actual storage space and oh never mind.

    :D
     
  14. skillwill macrumors 6502

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    Jesus how awesome would it be if the Watch had 16gb RAM!
     
  15. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Realistically? Not awesome, at all. If it had 2GB RAM it would be pretty awesome.
     
  16. ZebraDude macrumors 65816

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    It would be tough to address that much memory as the Apple Watch uses a 32bit pathway.
     
  17. goobot macrumors 603

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    If I can use the storage for music is literally the deciding factor between the two for me.
     
  18. zhaoxin macrumors 6502

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    I have a s0 Apple Watch. After installing watchOS 4.0 GM, there is only 5 GB space left. So it is not 8GB VS 16GB, it is 5GB VS 11GB.
     

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