iPad 3 to get 1 gigabyte of RAM, more evidence surfaces

iPad 3 to get 1 gigabyte of RAM, more evidence surfaces
One of the improvements that we are very likely to see in the iPad 3, even though nobody seems to care that much, is that the tablet will have 1GB of RAM. Why would it need a memory boost, you ask? Well, that extra brain power should really come in handy as the tablet is expected to come with a high resolution display. High resolution display means high resolution graphics, which take up a lot of memory when loaded. Of course, it would also allow for heavier apps and better games to be developed for the iPad. In comparison, the iPad 2 has "only" 512MB of RAM, while the first-gen iPad comes with 256 of them.

Here is the evidence, courtesy of iOS expert Chronic. He took a closer look at a bunch of debug code, which is said to be from an iPad 3 prototype. The code contained the following line: "vm_page_bootstrap: 244276 free pages...". And since computer memory is organized in "pages" of 4,096 bytes each, by multiplying the two numbers together he got the total amount of memory that the iPad 3 has at its disposal – 1,000,554,496 bytes, or about 1GB.

Is Chronic correct? We will know for sure in a few hours. The Apple event, at which the next iPad will be announced, kicks off at 10:00AM Pacific time, or 1:00 eastern time, and we will be reporting all about it.

source: Chronic via IntoMobile

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  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

And the price will go up $100


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

1 gig of ram?! OMG that means ill be able to scroll my apps faster in high def :0

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Revolutionary and game changing!

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

And it will still be faster than Android tablets... go figure

6. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

It doesn't take much. My old Palm Centro was faster than a Tegra2 tablet. Except the droidblets crash a lot faster.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

of coarse itll be faster, its just an app drawer OS and nothing more..


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011


12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes, because scrolling thru grids and grids of apps at high speeds is the number one thing I look out for when buying a tablet...


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

My DROID RAZR has 1GB of RAM, how is 1GB groundbreaking and revolutionary on a tablet when most of the "average" Android smartphones have the same amount. Revolutionary for a tablet would be 2GB of RAM but, iGuess thAt wiLl be iPad 21. My RAZR also has (just to name a few) : Super AMOLED 16 777 216 Capacitive, Multi-touch Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass Hardware Dual core, 1200 MHz, TI OMAP 4430 Yes 1024 MB RAM = 1GB 16000 MB = 16GB Internal Storage Storage Expandability: microSD, microSDHC 32 GB Camera 8 megapixels LED F2.4 Front Facing Camera HD Auto focus, Image stabilizer 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 720x480 (DVD) (120 fps) Video calling 1.3 megapixels Multimedia Album, Artist, Playlists Album art cover, Background playback Yes Internet browsing Yes HTML, Flash YouTube (upload) Bluetooth Wi-Fi USB HDMI Phone features Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID Calendar (calendar entries), Alarm (alarm entries), To-Do (todo entries), Document viewer, Calculator SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange Connectivity 4.0, EDR 802.11 b, g, n USB 2.0 microUSB Mass storage device, USB charging Micro HDMI (Type D), 1.4 DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync Other features Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone Accelerometer, Compass Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, etc. BEAT THAT krApple!!!!

7. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I hope you copied and pasted all this stuff otherwise you're concerning me. Remember health first then the rest :)

10. itsthenew

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 22, 2010

Apple devices are still smoother with more apps. I'm an android user and can admit it!

14. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

@itsthenew, dude don't lie, you're NOT a (high-end) android user. A barista maybe?!

13. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Symbian is still better at multitasking than iOS... because iOS has fake multitasking... -_-

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