Report: iPhone 4 has twice as much RAM as the iPad

For a mere smart phone, the iPhone 4 is starting to make the iPad look a little outdated. Not only does it have the same A4 processor and more pixels per inch of display, according to Mac Rumors, the new handset also has twice as much RAM.

Word is that the iPhone 4 packs a cool half-gigabyte of system memory, up from 256MB in both the iPad and iPhone 3GS. You won’t find that information on the device’s official spec sheet, but Mac Rumors says Apple confirmed the figure during a session at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. (No, the conference isn’t just a highly mediatized platform for Steve Jobs keynotes.)

To add insult to injury, iPad users will have to wait until the fall to enjoy multitasking via the upcoming iOS 4. Meanwhile, the iPhone 4 will run iOS 4 from the get-go, and even iPhone 3GS users should be able to upgrade next week. Too bad competitors are still scrambling to get rival slate devices ready for production, because the first-gen iPad isn’t looking like such a great buy right now.

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    • roont
    • 9 years ago

    eh. the last thing I owened with 256 RAM was a PII

    Edit: PIV sorry,

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 9 years ago

      How about a PS3?

        • roont
        • 9 years ago

        dont have one.

    • djgandy
    • 9 years ago

    Why would you need to give a non multitasking device 512MB of ram?

    Seriously, when you release the update for multitasking, you up grade the ram, and everyone buys a new iPad. This is what the PC market was doing 15 years ago.

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t understand how competitors would gain relative to the iPad because the new iPhone has more RAM.

      • Firestarter
      • 9 years ago

      Nor the delayed multitasking. Apple already has millions of dollars saying that consumers don’t care.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 9 years ago

        I think that some people are just upset that the iPad really might be what a lot of consumers want to own.

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 9 years ago

    “Mediatized”? Oh dear, someone needs an editor!

    • WaltC
    • 9 years ago

    Aren’t we mixing apples (sorry for the pun) and oranges here? The iPad isn’t an iPhone and the iPhone isn’t an iPad, and if you are going to use this peculiar yardstick for comparing such devices then, gee, my personal desktop at home absolutely obliterates the iPhone and iPad combined…;) I mean, it’s got 8x the ram of the newer iPhone, and is easily expandable internally to at least 16x as much ram as will ship on the iPhone 4G, and my desktop’s got literally terabytes more internal hard drive storage space, read & writable DVD’s–three of them, 5.1 surround sound capability, a 28″ 1920×1200 screen, a super-comfortable, luxurious keyboard that wraps my much-larger-than-an-elf’s hands in utter comfort–and so on, ad infinitum. And if you want to get into sheer processing power, my desktop at home makes the iPhone and the iPad combined look like pocket calculators in terms of raw cpu computing muscle, and my graphics horsepower, especially for 3d, just eats the iPad and iPhone alive.

    The only problem with that comparison is that my desktop at home isn’t a cell phone, but then, neither is the iPad. Hello? Ding, ding. ( I could, however, turn it into a stationary phone with unlimited long distance and no caps on minutes, and no two-year contracts to sign, with a service like Vonage, for instance.)

    Heh…;) See what I mean about this cra-A-A-A-A-a-a-a-azy tendency of online tech journalists who ought to know better to lump every device that Apple makes into the same category–as if direct comparisons among all of them were not only natural, but rational, too. I don’t think there’s much rationality in contrasting the iPhone cell phone with the non-cell-phone iPad, or with my desktop computer at home, for that matter.

    An iPhone is not an iPad is not a desktop computer. Seems very simple to me–why all the confusion? People considering iPads or desktops, for that matter, aren’t going to be contrasting them against cell phones…;) They are going to contrast them against other pad devices or other desktop systems.

      • vshade
      • 9 years ago

      Given the bigger body and screen of the iPad and its age relative to the iPhone 4, one should not expect better specs on the iPhone. That is the point of comparision

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Walt, you surely love to use 1,000 words where 100 would do!

      • mcforce0208
      • 9 years ago

      I think it is an absolutly acceptable and useful comparrison. Its true the iphone is NOT and ipad and vice versa. However they both perform similar tasks and have similar tech under the hood. Do the same apps work on both? In many cases, yes. The fact that the iphone 4 has more RAM is important and prospective ipad buyers will find that they can perform the same task more effectivly on the iphone through the comparison. Dude, seriously desktop as an example??

      So rather than mixing apples and oranges we are rather mixing large sour apples with small sweet ones…..both apples though….. 😉

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    Yeah, my iPad has only ever said it was out of ram when I was trying to load/read a corrupted CBR file.

    256MB seems to be fine. iOS apps don’t use ram the same way and in the same quantities as desktop apps.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      They will with “multitasking” and video editing/time passageg{<.<}g

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        They WON’T with multi-tasking, since the way multi-tasking on the iOS works is that the entire app doesn’t stay running. 1 particular small piece of code that continues the audio stream, or location service, or which ever of the 7 background APIs the program is using is all that stays running ever. Its like backgrounding something like, say, WinAMP. The GDI window drawing, visualizations, memory cleanup, and EVERYTHING but the actually music decoding threads are not resident in memory any longer. Think of how little memory would be used in that situation.

        Likewise, how much memory do you really think it will take to play streaming music in the background? Not a whole lot, because the audio decoding functions are ALWAYS resident in memory as part of the base memory footprint, so the only thing resident will be the actual component to stream from whatever source you’re listening from.

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 9 years ago

          You forget what happens to background apps when foreground apps hog resources. Even if they barely use any, things can come to a hault. this is even true of desktops without enough memory.

          your streaming music in the back ground and doing a intensive app in the fore ground. all of a sudden you are listening to a remixed version of your favorite song as it skips and lags.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    So what? If it doesn’t need it, then it doesn’t need it. I have yet to hear any developers complain that the ram in the ipad is a problem.

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    We went to the Moon with 2k RAM.

      • Grigory
      • 9 years ago

      This ^ to the power of 2048!

      (However, actually they went to the moon with 4k. The memory of the guidance system had 2048 words and every word had a length of 16 bits.)

      • YeuEmMaiMai
      • 9 years ago

      was it even that much?

    • Anonymous Hamster
    • 9 years ago

    The iPhone 4 (prototype?) that was found in Vietnam had the same A4 chip as the iPad (with only 256MB).

    I suppose we’ll find out in a week or so what it really has.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      It was already confirmed by Apple to have 512MB of ram. The Vietnamese were wrong.

        • Anonymous Hamster
        • 9 years ago

        You misunderstand. The iPhone was dissected and anybody could read the part numbers on the chip. It was the same chip as the iPad. But no use arguing; we’ll see this cleared up in a few days.

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    Apple doesn’t sell their devices on technical specs, but usability, smoothness, looks, experience, etc.

    If 256MB allows the iPad to have all these, then great.

    Personally I think it limits the lifetime of the device. I’m also certain that iPads will soon start having 512MB, but silently and without fanfare.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 9 years ago

      Exactly.

      Apple doesn’t list certain specs for these devices for a reason- they don’t matter. It does not matter that the iPad only has 256MB of RAM, if that is enough to provide a good user experience.

      So why worry?

    • way2strong
    • 9 years ago

    yeah but everyone knew it wasn’t such a great buy when it came out

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