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iPhone 4 confirmed to have 512MB of RAM

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010
News Categories: iPhone

Apple’s new iPhone 4 will contain 512MB of RAM. Mac Rumors reports it has verified that Apple confirmed the 512MB figure during last week’s WWDC conference. The 512MB will give the iPhone 4 double the RAM of the iPad, third-generation iPod touch, or iPhone 3GS, and will give iOS more memory to use when multitasking. In addition, the report states that Apple has said iMovie for iOS will only run on the iPhone 4, and not the iPhone 3GS nor the iPad, suggesting that the application may require iPhone 4’s extra RAM.

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iPhone is the premier franchise.

iPad is unproven or was unproven when released.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that they want to make sure iPhone4 puts the best foot forward, especially when there’s so much competition from Android.

By the next iPad, there may be Android and Windows tablets, which will no doubt make Apple push the specs.

Posted by wco81 on June 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM (PDT)

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iPad could use 512 MB RAM not so that it’s faster (it’s fast enough IMO), but so that it can cache more than 1-2 web pages in Safari at a time.  iPad behaves like iPhone and iPhone 3G in this regard- NOT like the 3GS.  It drives me nuts when tabs in Safari on the iPad are constantly having to reload even though I only have a couple open. 

That said, one reason for lower RAM other than cost-saving is battery performance.  Double the RAM requires double the battery power to retain all those bytes in memory (whether or not they are being used).  It’s probably a small amount compared to the power required for the screen, but it does affect standby time since it is a battery cost that occurs 24/7 unless the device is powered fully off (not just asleep).

Posted by Dyvim on June 22, 2010 at 9:49 AM (PDT)

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