Apple iPad Air 2 rumored to get bump to 2GB of RAM

Apple iPad Air 2 rumored to get bump to 2GB of RAM
A report out of the Republic of China on Wednesday, states that Apple is going to bump the amount of RAM on the 9.7 inch Apple iPad Air 2, to 2GB. The OG Apple iPad Air comes with 1GB of RAM inside. The 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini with Retina display comes with 1GB of RAM, and the sequel model is not expected to receive an increase.

Both the Apple iPad Air 2, and the sequel to the iPad mini with Retina display, are believed to be equipped with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. And both are expected to be powered by the next-gen A8 processor.

While the Apple iPhone 6 is expected to be introduced during an Apple event scheduled for September 9th, there are a number of other new Apple devices that should be introduced in October at the earliest. That includes the 5.5 inch Apple iPhone phablet, the Apple iPad Air 2, and the Apple iPad mini with Retina display 2..

As far as Apple's iOS smartwatch is concerned, the latest speculation has 512MB of native memory on the wearable device, along with 8GB of NAND Flash. Most likely, the iWatch will not require users to sync it with an iPhone or iPad to work. As we told you earlier on Wednesday, the iWatch might not be released until sometime next year.

source: TechNews (translated) via AppleInsider

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34 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They want the impossible. Just kidding.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They can't do anything impossible. cause they won't accept the mission by adding more memory.

32. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol... Its great they increasing ram. Hope they add functionalities like multi-window true full multi tasking . I think should be equipped with more Ram than phone.

2. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Finally..... Better late than never.... Good job apple!

6. Busyboy unregistered

But never late is better

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is still a rumor for a reason, because with Apple even the common sense things aren't expected to happen.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple is always playing catch up

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I might upgrade my iPad 3 to Air 2 if it's true. 2GB is the minimum for a mobile OS to be stable running iOS 8.

28. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What the hell ? Even the newest OSX yosemite a full fledged Mac software will run on some ancient Macs (2007) with 2GB of RAM, and iOS 8 is a mobile OS that will run on down to iPad 2, which got 512 MB. Apple doesn't do memory hogs, iOS is not touch wiz that eats 2GB right after startup... From where you even get that idea ?

33. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

When you play an intensive HD graphics game do you need more ram? So ipocrite are you. You need ram not only for supporting os.

34. scy1192

Posts: 11; Member since: May 15, 2014

@Iodine Mobile OSes are different from desktop OSes. On a desktop you can take advantage of disk swapping to reduce memory requirements, but that's hell on flash memory so a mobile device can't and shouldn't use it. There's also pressure to load many small things quickly, which RAM is great at and flash storage is not.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Good job? They should bump up all their devices to a minimum of 2gb of ram. Its not like it costs $20 per gigabyte. If they release the iPhone 6 with only 1gb of ram still, then they are just greedy.

12. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I absolutely agree with you but at least now they're heading in the right direction.

3. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Actually, Apple will do a good job if they bump it up to 2GB of RAM. I would take atleast 2GB for a 64-bit device. Even though I'm an Android fanboy.

4. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

WOW..... just WOW

5. willard12 unregistered

It will be interesting to see how well it does with the new features in iOS.

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

More ram is always good, the thing that worries me is if/how much it will affect the price of iphone, and I do not mean this in a negative way, but apple seems to have the idea that extra ram/space must cost.....a lot compared to other devices Granted android devices have use this to their advantage too, since they know that if people will pay more for more space they can price it cheaper then apple's products but still significantly more expensive then it actually is to increase the ram/storage space. Would love to see this trend end, and the only ones that can do that is apple since they set the 'max' price if you will.

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Well about time. The iPad with 1GB isn't enough when it comes to applications that are RAM hungry. When people say that 'oh iOS is optimized and stuff', that doesn't apply when you're trying to multitask, or open a lot of something without closing the previous window you were on. TLDR.

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

All these people saying "about time" yada yada, but... Truth is.. My iPad 2... TWO! is still more buttery and slick than the three Android tablets I've bought and returned. (Kept one). Next time I need 73838 gigs of RAM for Crisis 3 on my iPad, I'll write a letter to Cook. /s

14. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

" Truth is.. My iPad 2... TWO! is still more buttery and slick than the three Android tablets I've bought and returned. (Kept one)." Buttery yes and true but not necessarily the same xp for all? Same way with Android users being fine with non critical lags but worse for some. Low memory complains in the iPad section of Apple Support Communities proves this. https://discussions.apple.com/search.jspa?facet=content&type=discussion&q=low%20memory&sort=relevanceDesc&showAnsweredFirst=true&place=%2Fplaces%2F5954792 So which is it? iOS or RAM count problem? Acknowledging the problem objectively will at least be a more positive approach to address the affected iPad users no?

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If like iPad iOS keep using it no body is asking you to change. I am happy with my Samsung note pro 12.2 using it to brush up my Mandarin. I using three Windows to do the tasks. One Windows running moon reader pro, another a internet browser showing me the correct strokes and the last Windows to practice my hand strokes. So you see I could never achieve this wIth my iPad.

16. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have iPad 2 as well. And it is about time. I mentioned it already in the comments above..its nothing to do with how SMOOTH it is. Sure it may be smoother but when it comes to heavy applications, multitasking and open tabs...its gonna die. Not to mention that the 64-bit chip still doesn't have 4GB RAM to take advantage of.

17. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I buy tablets to enjoy. I don't think I have never NOT enjoyed my iPad. Heavy applications? Like what? Lol…. We're on a tablet…not a PS4 or desktop.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Vexify, keep your iPad 2 since you are so happy with it. I will be looking forward to Air 2 /w 2GB Ram in the mean time.

19. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

No problem. ARMv8 can address up to 256TB.

29. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well don't even try to say that newest iOS version runs happily on 512 MB....you could hurt someone.

13. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wow so revolutionary...

15. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The increase is years overdue and is still not enough. Why not put 4gb on it, for the price you have to pay for an Air, it should have. After all it has a highly shouted about 64bit processor that in real life does little at this point in time. With 4gb of RAM at least those boasts would have a ring of truth about them and the Air needs a big boost, now it has been bested by the Galaxy Tab S as the best tablet.

30. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Even a 32-bit system can run like 3,95 GB of RAM so statements that only 64-bit devices with 4GB of RAM will profit from that 64 are greatly exaggerated (yeah they will get a few MB on top, but nothing else about memory) to of course favor android devices that are supposed to go for 4GB soon. And that highly shouted processor does everything it has supposed to be - faster and more efficient... Even now there are Mac computers with 4GB of RAM that don't fully utilize the 64-bit potential (16 million TB of RAM) and nobody is shouting that their 64-bit,ness is doing anything in real life. And why the Air needs a big boost ? The system runs on few hudreds of MB, the best games on the App Store eat less than 300 MB, they are optimized for older devices with 512 MB. And I don't think an additional GB of RAM is the thing that makes the iPad Air so great.

18. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

heh bout time apple. android tablets are getting up to 4gb ram soon, if not now... not sure

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