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Apple iPad Air and new iPad mini 2 with Retina still sport 1 GB of RAM, service chat reveals

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Apple iPad Air and new iPad mini 2 with Retina still sport 1 GB of RAM, service chat reveals
A chat with Apple Customer Service rep has seemingly confirmed that the new iPad Air and the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display are still boasting the same amount of RAM as their predecessors. 

Apple's 64-bit A7 chipset that debuted in the iPhone 5s has 1 GB of RAM packaged together with it, so that's what the new iPads boast as well, it occurs. 

Of course, we'd have to wait for an actual teardown when the slates go for the dissection table to confirm what Apple's rep is saying here, but we'd wager to bet the 1 GB figure will turn out correct, if history is any indication.

Apple iPad Air and new iPad mini 2 with Retina still sport 1 GB of RAM, service chat reveals

source: CTech (Weibo)

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posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:16 7

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


posted on 28 Oct 2013, 05:09

6. ghaniosman (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

Even china phones have 2gb ram nowadays.. And here v have a 'future proof' flagship from apple

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:19

22. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

This really disappointing. I really wanted to get that iPad air but there's no way I'd risk it with such a little bit of that ram stuff. Shoot, the thing will probably crash as soon as I use the Facetime video. Besides, them other phones and tablets are coming with 2 and 3 gigabites of that there memory and I can't spend $800 or $900 dollars if its gonna be obsocrete in 3 months.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:59

27. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Then you are a fool. My father is still using ipad 2 with 512 MB RAM and he can run every app there is on app store. And he runs a lot of apps at once, maps, skype, safari and many more. Do your self a favor and go troll somewhere else. Apple devices are not obsolete, not even two years. You never make a mistake with an Apple device

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:36 6

2. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)

They don't need lots of resoures to run properly.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 06:03 12

11. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Always the same excuses from Apple fanboys! :)

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 07:00 2

15. JohnTitor (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Such a stupid and ridiculous statement Boosook. The reason Apple isn't pushing for more RAM is because It's not needed, at all! :)

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:54 5

21. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Typical Apple fanboy response. Its not on Apple because we don't need it.

Remember the notification centre? "Common we dont need it". Released with iOS 5: "yah, innovation"

Remember multitasking, "Common we dont need it". Released with iOS 4: "yah, innovation"

Remember Quick toggles? "Common we dont need it". Released with iOS 7: "yah, innovation"

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 00:26

30. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

nope the reason apple isn't pushing more RAM is because apple a cheapskate and they want more profits.
nokia also make the same statement too some years ago, that symbian didn't need more RAM

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 07:38 3

17. twens (Posts: 1060; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

That's why they only do one thing at a time on their Apple devices. Try a note 3 and you will know why it has 3 gigs of ram. Excellent multitasking. I can open almost every app at the same time.
Mulitiwindow, pen window, pop up video.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:53

26. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Its hard to get into the Note's multitasking abilities since you can only use specific supported apps for both multi-window and pen window. Kinda lame.

As for the iPad and 1gig ram, I don't see why all these Android people are complainig. Android tablets have these beefed up specs yet the iPad has all the powerful/high quality applications. I guess Beautiful Widgets uses more RAM than expected??

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:42 7

3. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Unbelievable, why would they keep the iPad Air RAM low? I've got an iPad4 which has 1GB RAM and I can tell you now that Safari has a tendency to quickly run out of RAM in iOS7, after loading a number of large websites in multiple tabs, you go back to the 1st two or three tabs and are met by page reloads, its quit annoying.

The iPad Air should have had 2GB at least. The Samsung Galaxy Note10.1 2014 will destroy the Air at multitasking without breaking a sweat, just a shame Android tablets don't have as much quality apps as iPad.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:46

5. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

Looks like you have an iPhone 4 or an iPad 2. Too bad, safari never crashes on my iPad 4. Never.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 05:16 7

7. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

he never said that it crashed, he said page reload, let go of the i-stiffy a bit perhaps?

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 05:18 7

8. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

they are not talking about crashing, they are talking about reloads, which are very, very annoying and they are very, very real on the ipads.
this summer i had to use an ipad mini for work on the road. i was dependent on a web-based form for some data collection. it was incredibly frustrating when the form would randomly reload throughout the day unless you only used safari for that one specific website and even then it often did not have enough memory just from using the same site with different data multiple times.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 05:35 3

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Exactly! Nail on head, it is incredibly annoying, now imagine, that same crap happens on the more expensive iPad4 and will probably happen on the iPad Air. The iPad is great, I like using it, but can't help but feel that it really needs more RAM as I just can't use it as a serious tool right now, I sometimes default to my GS4 if I need to keep pages open for long periods.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 05:25 3

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Are you not capable of reading properly? I never said it crashed, I said I found tabs reloading.

Lol, if I have an iPhone 4 then I didn't know the iPhone4 came with a 9.7inch retina display, and if I have an iPad2 then I had no idea the iPad2 came with a A6X CPU, retina display, and lightning connector port.

Safari never crashes for me either but it runs out of memory, if like me you use your iPad heavily for Emails, Web browsing, Document viewing and keeping track of news and stocks, you'll know what I'm talking about, iOS7 needs 2GB RAM on a large tablet like this.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 06:04 2

12. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Because if they keep the ipad air ram low, apple users will all buy the new ipad model in 2014.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:45 1

4. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Of course a theme change and some minor improvements wouldn't have required more RAM. 'light' iOS would never require more RAM unless they start to offer functionality like Android does.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 06:11

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Android handsets use more ram mainly due to being skinned. It's basically using two platforms in one device, so the extra ram's needed just to run smoothly. Why do you think google did project butter?

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 07:31 2

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Android uses more ram because it actually does more than one thing at a time. Something that ios7 now does as well except not nearly as much and not nearly as well.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:21 3

18. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Firstly, the smoothness is just transition animations between tasks, they take almost no RAM whatsoever. Project butter added those in good places and that makes the system overall feel and look smoother. It is an illusion to the human visual system which perceives things as happening when stimulus is provided. Where as even a slight lag of 200ms will seem like lag because it just jerked a bit. So please get off that smooth high horse of yours, it is one unsightly horse.

Secondly, Android handsets only use more ram because they allow non-system services to run in the background. That can't happen on iOS. They don't have two platforms on one phone, 2 launchers cannot be stored in memory at the same time. You also have more RAM usage because more RAM is available. The system, like iOS, is designed to optimize memory usage, which means only clean up the ram when necessary. iOS does that at almost all times because there isn't even enough memory for the foreground tasks much less background tasks. That is why the iPad 2/3 and iPhone 4/s lag like hell on iOS 7 (3GS on iOS 5/6, 3G on iOS 4, every generation of iPhone other than 5/s lag now, hmmm).

Also, stop acting like it is a good thing you get shafted on RAM every year. It isn't going to get you a better phone if you just suck up to them for increasing their profit margins at the cost of your future and current experience. It doesn't mean that you don't have to buy the phone, just don't condone it as a good thing and call out the shenanigans. You are the only one harmed by it because you are the customers. There is always room for improvement, but only if you make it apparent. I can guarantee you right now that in 2 years time, the "latest" iOS (which probably will be just like iOS 7), will somehow cause your phone to lag like crazy. You'll just chalk it up to "more advanced" (even though it's not) and then be forced to upgrade as usual.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:35

20. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Lol, he ran away, you've pretty much destroyed any and every excuse he could use.

With each iOS version released it becomes more and more clear why Apple limit the features and hardware. iOS7 has come in trying to be like Android and has brought so many problems, you should see how long it takes just to set a damn Wallpaper in iOS7, it lags BADLY, I'm talking Android1.5 CupCake type lag, it is so shoddy, but of course the iOS fanboys try to cover it up with excuses.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 19:07

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Ran away?

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 10:05

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Dude kinda touchy today aren't we lol? Calm down dude, just stating a point. Woosaaaa

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 06:06 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Although this look extremely fake, I'd bet my money on one gig of RAM. I think we'll see the bump up next year as apple takes more advantage of the 64 bit architecture. The jedii approves this message.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 08:32

19. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Nothing would hurt having more memory. Apple saving money. for themselves. Apple giving you BMW prices for ford quality.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:33 1

23. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Whats wrong with Ford...

I swear, every new generation swears off companies of the last as an old dinosaur that is doomed to be crushed under a giant asteroid. While Japan is the undisputed king of car manufacturing, Ford still makes quality vehicles. I think its hilarious how you're trying to put Apple down by comparing it with Ford because its oh so wrong. Ford not being a particularly popular brand with less mind-share than a few decades ago does not mean their products suck. Unlike GM and the others, Ford also didn't need to be bailed out during the economic crash and are a stable company right now. Sigh...

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 09:47

24. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Nothing wrong with ford but compared to BMW... its just not up there. Apple is the same way. They try and give you high end prices for just average hardware.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 20:45

29. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Just a typical ford basher that's stuck in the 90s. The new mustang is up there with the m3 anyways. For way less money.

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