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Apple iPhone 4 doubles the operating memory of its predecessor to 512MB

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Apple iPhone 4 doubles the operating memory of its predecessor to 512MB
Apple's hardware is usually integrated tightly with its own software, and optimized accordingly, so Steve Jobs rarely talks CPU speeds, RAM and other geekdom. He prefers to focus on the overall experience of using Apple's products and we can't blame him for that, it's one of the best there are.

Nonetheless it was made clear in developers sessions during the WWDC 2010 that the iPhone 4 will ship with twice the memory of the 3GS or the iPad. It makes sense to expand the RAM, since the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 4, will ship with multitasking capabilities, which will undoubtedly require more memory.

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications

source: Circuit Breaker via CNET Asia

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And of course since multi-tasking is also available on the 3GS, which has 256 MB only, there are two possibilities: 1. Multi-tasking will run fine on the 3GS, thus pointing out that the author of this article is blatantly lying by saying that multi-tasking will require more memory. 2. Multi-tasking will be be quite sluggish on the 3GS, thus increasing the necessity for everyone to move onward to the iPhone 4 - which will further increase the demand for it, and thus allow a reduction in it's price. Either way, thats fine with me.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 08:38

5. paps511 (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2009)


well there is no doubt that multi tasking will take more memory. think of it logically, to do two things will take more memory than one of those things. However it may still run fine on the 256 ram 3GS. I am almost sure that you will be able to slow a 3GS much sooner, less apps at once, than an iPhone 4

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 09:39

6. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


uhh. illia.. again i wonder about you increase in demand does not LOWER price it keeps it HIGH. so therefore "increase in demand in iphone 4 will NOT let the price lower for quite some time" high demand= high price low demand = low price.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 10:56

10. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Spectacularly unintelligent statement... The 3GS running fine would not mean that the author of the article was "blatantly lying". And using the word "blatant" is semi-misuse...though I am glad you made sure to google its spelling. Beyond that remixfa already addressed your complete misunderstanding of "supply and demand"

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 13:30

14. ilia1986 (unregistered)


hmm.. Well I stand corrected. I should have done more research before posting on this thread.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 07:07

2. becazican (unregistered)


I guess I dont understand, the iphone 4 , in fact all the iphone are great phones and i would love to own one, but it being tied to at&a really sucks, i tried them for 1 week last summer , got so many dropped calls and no service in my house, the hitch here is they have the closest tower to my house, than reading about there blunders with the pre ordering , they had problems w supporting the iphone before now if they get more people and their network is overloaded already what is that going to do to the experience of owning one, i wish apple would wake up and open to other carriers. i am w verizon purely because they are the only one to supply service in my house, also i never drop a call, So would someone please tell me why you would stick to a lousy phone company

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 08:15

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Hmm.. have you tried purchasing an unlocked model from e-bay?

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 09:40

7. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and how would that help him get an VZW iphone? you can get an unlocked version and use Tmobile... but since he says only VZW works in his house, that doesnt do much.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 10:41

9. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


becazican, BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE TALKS ON THEIR PHONE! I have been with att since the 3gs came out (left vz) and i have like 4200 roll over mins on a 450 min a month plan. Some ppl text and play games and surf the net. rarely do i worry about dropped calls.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 11:00

11. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You said it yourself, verizon is the only one to supply service to your house. That doesn't make AT&T a bad company, it makes your house in a poor location for reception. Given all companies, excluding verizon, don't provide good service there, majority rules.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 11:44

12. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so wait.. if you dont use ur phone to make calls, why are you paying an arm and a leg for att service then? just unlock the silly thing and use it wifi only. or if u want cell service, use it on tmobile for half the price.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 11:45

13. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


technically, CDMA penetrates buildings exponentially better than GSM. There will be many places that vzw/sprint works that att/tmobile dont. its just a fact of life.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 08:04

3. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)


Congratulations Iphone! Welcome to being on par with about 2-3 other phones already on the market, like the Nexus One. It's not a shocker, they need more memory to support multitasking. @ ilia1986- I think the option 2 is more likely: multitasking on the 3GS will be sluggish.

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 18:28

18. bucky (Posts: 1421; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


speaking of the nexus one, doesnt that seem to look reeeeeeally close to another phone? ...like identical?

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 09:42

8. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


welcome to multitasking!! circa 1999!!! wooo hoooo!! were almost in a new century, iphone-eans!! just last year they got MMS circa 1996, now they get multitasking!! up next? a universal charging port!!!

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 15:27

15. android#1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


haha or maybe the stupid people that are getting an iphone now, you see them next year getting an iphone 4g with video chat on a 4g network rather than just wi-fi. wake up people, you are paying more for little ad ons. iphone 4gs will have 10000000 x 90000 resolution with a 1.3MP front camera. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA HA

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 18:03

16. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It is iphone 4 and will not work with LTE...next

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 18:05

17. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


my bad if you mean that next year's model will be IPHONE 4G...now that would be cool....if there is 4G for it to use by then

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 18:49

19. smrt83 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


Wanna know how I know you're gay? You say "circa"

posted on 19 Jun 2010, 09:48

22. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so does your mom :)

posted on 18 Jun 2010, 19:58

20. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


apple the old device maker, way to push the 4th generation Iphone whats next an Iflip phone. apple looks like its going backwards not forwards. I saw alot of people bash other cell phones for only having 512 running I don't see very many saying it about Iphone. Did i miss apple buying everyones oppion?

posted on 19 Jun 2010, 02:11

21. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I seriously do not understand the problem in this. Everyone complains about the iPhone's camera having only 3.2\5 MP, yet I haven't seen anyone complaining about photo quality. Everyone complains about the iPhone's specs, yet I haven't seen anyone complain about bad user experience (iphone being slow, etc) Everyone complains about the fact that Apple has control over which content the iPone gets, yet the iPhone has more than 200k apps. Everyone complains about the iPhone in general, but the number of iPhones sold rises every month. So that kinda leads me to believe that everyone complains for sake of complaining. Maybe to get attention. Maybe out of pre-determined hatred. Maybe you're just jealous that you are not part of all those who intend to buy an iPhone - or already have one - as they have or will have the most popular smartphone in the world.

posted on 19 Jun 2010, 09:53

23. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, to be fair, you have to compare iphone sales vs all android sales, since theres only 1 iphone, it posts gigantic sales numbers. If it had like 80 devices under its name like Android or WM does, it wouldnt seem like such a big deal. Fact of the matter is, Android is outpacing Iphone nearly every month now and catching up to overall sales pretty quickly. Android is outselling Iphone in the US. The number of iphones sold per month is on the decline, not rise. That will change for a few months when the new one pops out, but then it will go back to android having the higher overall sales. If the only android phone out was the nexus, droid, or Evo (pick one) and it was sold all over the world... you would see android posting 1 phones sales at 20 million like the iphone does. The fact that theres like 80 android devices just lets your perception think that iphone is outselling something.

posted on 19 Jun 2010, 10:40

24. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well first of all ever since the 3GS, every iProduct that has been announced has topped the record set by it's previous incarnation. So that kinda points in the opposite direction, instead of decline. The iPhone alone sold 600k units on its fort day of preorder - not even official sales. And that itself broke all records before that. But your answer still doesn't explain why people hate the iPhone so much... Like you said yourself - there are a lot of Android phones out there, and Android itself is an awesome platform for all things considered, yet people somehow love bashing the iphone all the time.

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