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New Photo Claims to Show 2GB Elpida RAM Chips for iPad Air 2

Third-party Apple service provider GeekBar has shared a picture (via Weibo, Google Translate) of what is said to be a 2 GB Elpida RAM module for the iPad Air 2. The units shown appear to be similar to the 1 GB of Elpida DDR3 SDRAM found in the first-generation iPad Air, and the photo follows a report from last month which stated that the next-generation iPad Air would receive a memory upgrade to 2 GB of RAM.

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Apple first offered 1 GB of RAM with the iPad 3, keeping the same amount of memory in the iPad 4 and the iPad Air. It is likely that previous iPads have not seen a memory increase to keep costs low and preserve battery life, but Apple may offer 2 GB of RAM with the iPad Air 2 in order to offer the best performance on iOS 8.

Apple is also said to be working on split-screen multitasking for the iPad Air, which would require more memory than running just a single app. That report also noted that feature would allow two apps to run side-by-side in multiple sizes, and offer users the ability to drag content like text or images from one app to another.

Geekbar does not have an established track record with Apple rumors, however the company's Weibo account did reveal the barometric pressure sensor that was eventually included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPad Air 2 and next-generation Retina iPad mini at a media event next Thursday, October 16. Some reports have also claimed that the company will announce updated Mac Minis and updated iMacs with at least the 27-inch model carrying a high-resolution Retina display.

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23 months ago
Rating: 68 Votes
23 months ago
ah! that's where my iPhone 6 ram went.
Rating: 52 Votes
23 months ago
Omg !!!!
Rating: 42 Votes
23 months ago
I can't help but feel a bit salty that these weren't in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Rating: 34 Votes
23 months ago
Safari says, thank you.
Rating: 14 Votes
23 months ago
Man Apple is really milking ram and hd.
These should be 4gb. Especially now that we are living in a 64bit portable world filled w simplistic memory hogging designs.
Rating: 11 Votes
23 months ago
Hallelujah! At long damn last!
Rating: 9 Votes
23 months ago

Man Apple is really milking ram and hd.
These should be 4gb. Especially now that we are living in a 64bit portable world filled w simplistic memory hogging designs.


The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have both been tested and rank among the fastest smartphones available. The same is expected to be true of the new iPads.

Besides an issue with page reloading tabs (of which it is in no way certain that it is attributable to a lack of RAM) there have been no wide-publicised issues with a lack of RAM for any application on iOS that I'm aware of.

So what are you talking about? In what way would 4 Gb RAM make the iPad any faster or better performing? In stead of just repeating the same "we need more RAM" mantra, I would really like to have some insight into what people are missing here.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago
no way....iOS is such an efficient OS. It does not require 2GB of RAM...All those refreshes in Safari is due to inefficient coding....
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Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago

the iPhone 6 reminds me more and more of the iPad 3 debacle. higher resolution but barely any real performance improvements over the 5S bechmarks and the 6S being the next big jump next year.


So, it has higher resolution AND a higher performance. How is that not an improvement? What do you currently consider slow in the iPhone 6? Does any App or function not perform fast enough?
Rating: 7 Votes

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