Latest iOS and iPadOS 15 Betas Allow Apps to Request Access to More RAM

Apple is taking a major stride that will allow developers to improve the performance of their apps on iPhones and iPads, by giving apps the ability to access more of a device's memory or RAM starting later this fall.

ipad pro with m1 chip
Currently, apps are limited to the amount of RAM they can use, regardless of the amount available on the device. For example, despite the highest-end M1 iPad Pro featuring 16GB of RAM, on iPadOS 14, apps are limited to only use 5GB. 16GB of RAM is the highest amount of RAM ever offered in an iPhone or iPad, and the 5GB limitation means that apps aren't able to utilize even half of what the iPad Pro has to offer.

In the second betas of iOS and iPadOS 15, released to developers yesterday, Apple is introducing a new entitlement that developers may request that will expose their apps to more memory. Apple says that this entitlement will inform the system that an app "may perform better by exceeding the default app memory limit." Apple's developer documentation doesn't specify how much extra RAM an app may be exposed to and also says this is limited to "supported devices."

Add this entitlement to your app to inform the system that some of your app's core features may perform better by exceeding the default app memory limit on supported devices. If you use this entitlement, make sure your app still behaves correctly if additional memory isn't available.

While Apple doesn't specify the amount of extra RAM an app may request, the wording of the documentation, which advises developers to use a function to "determine the amount of memory available," suggests the ceiling of memory apps may request may be relatively high.

It's unlikely that Apple will allow developers to utilize the full amount of memory on a device. While that scenario may be useful for high-end professional apps on the iPad Pro, it would significantly slow down the system and make it harder to multitask with different apps. Users of the iPad Pro, and more so recently thanks to the M1 iPad Pro, have complained that iPadOS is limiting the true potential performance of the iPad.

Despite many users' hopes, iPadOS 15 didn’t introduce any significant features that took full advantage of the hardware of the iPad, specifically the M1-powered iPad Pro. However, the ability for apps to request access to more on-device RAM will go a long way in apps being able to utilize even more of what a device has to offer.

The new entitlement is available for developers to test, but it won't be made available to apps on the App Store until this fall when iOS and iPadOS 15, alongside watchOS 8, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey are made available.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Rated Comments

haruhiko Avatar
6 weeks ago

While that scenario may be useful for high-end professional apps on the iPad Pro, it would significantly slow down the system and make it harder to multitask with different apps.
That scenario is useful for YouTubers to post a gazillion videos about how iPadOS is so disappointing for the ad money ?

and now, they can start to make a new one: “I was wrong about iPadOS 15”.
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WB2Colorado Avatar
6 weeks ago
All the people who claimed they returned their iPad Pros when beta 1 didn’t allow more than 5 GB of RAM per app must feel really silly right about now ?
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JayMysterio Avatar
6 weeks ago

All the people who claimed they returned their iPad Pros when beta 1 didn’t allow more than 5 GB of RAM per app must feel really silly right about now ?
Silly? No.

Would they admit it? No.

Will they complain about it anyways? Yes.

It's either going to be not enough still. Or they will complain Apple should have told them Apple's plans earlier, as if Apple is obligated to do so. The point was to complain, and to make threads on complaining.

Some are still going to complain.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban55 Avatar
6 weeks ago

Please Procreate give me more layers!
procreate already on the latest beta can use up to 9gb of Ram
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yabeweb Avatar
6 weeks ago

Yea I definitely need more RAM for Facebook scrolling on my Facebook machine.

Just give it MacOS already!
If all you do with the iPad is facebook, you probably do not need the pro and the ram I guess.
If you need macOS you most likely need a Mac, I use my iPad pro 12.9 (m1 256) as my only device, and do not want macOS in it, Affinity suite works like a charm, Procreate as well.
2 different OS for 2 different machines, if I were you I would requeste iPadOS to improve instead of switching to a desktop os.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
6 weeks ago
Cool. Less reason for people to complain about it then. :D
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

ipad pro with m1 chip

Apps Reportedly Limited to Maximum of 5GB RAM in iPadOS, Even With 16GB M1 iPad Pro

Friday May 28, 2021 3:32 am PDT by
Despite Apple offering the M1 iPad Pro in configurations with 8GB and 16GB of RAM, developers are now indicating that apps are limited to just 5GB of RAM usage, regardless of the configuration the app is running on. The M1 iPad Pro comes in two memory configurations; the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models feature 8GB of RAM, while the 1TB and 2TB variants offer 16GB of memory, the highest ever...
new ipad pro 11 inch

M1 iPad Pro Offers 8GB or 16GB RAM Options for First Time, Based on Storage Capacity

Tuesday April 20, 2021 11:15 am PDT by
Apple's M1 iPad Pro is available with either 8GB RAM or 16GB RAM, the most memory that's ever been made available in an iPad model. iPad Pro models with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage will come with 8GB RAM, while iPad Pro models with 1TB or 2TB of storage will feature 16GB RAM. It does not appear that there will be a way to customize lower storage iPad Pro models with the upgraded...
m1 ipad pro 1

Delta Next Airline to Roll Out M1 iPad Pro to Pilots

Tuesday August 3, 2021 8:52 am PDT by
Delta Air Lines will upgrade all of its pilots to the cellular M1 iPad Pro, AT&T has today announced. Following the announcement that all Delta flight attendants would receive an iPhone 12 in April, the airline has now said that all pilots will be given an M1 iPad Pro as part of their pilot electronic flight bags (EFB). The iPad Pro will be used for a range of pre-flight management tasks...
ipad pro m1 feature

JetBlue Pilots to Receive M1 iPad Pro

Tuesday July 13, 2021 7:54 am PDT by
The airline JetBlue has today announced that it will be equipping its pilots with the M1 iPad Pro. JetBlue was one of the first airlines in the United States to adopt digital documentation in the cockpit. The airline first received Federal Aviation Administration approval to give iPads to all pilots in 2013, which enabled pilots to use the iPad for operational tracking apps, hosting system...
iPad More Than 12

Massive New iPad Pro Could Finally Replace the Laptop

Wednesday July 7, 2021 3:17 am PDT by
Apple is working on even bigger iPad models that could further "blur the lines" between tablet and laptop, according to reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. In the first edition of his new "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, Gurman said Apple is currently exploring iPads with larger displays for the future. An excerpt from the newsletter:I'm told that Apple has engineers and designers ...
ipad pro m1 feature

Apple Releases iPadOS 14.7 With Apple Card Merging Option, Fix for 3.5mm Headphone Jack to USB-C Adapter Bug

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:18 am PDT by
Apple today released iPadOS 14.7, marking the seventh major update to the iPadOS operating system that came out in September 2020. Apple already released iOS 14.7 on July 19, but for some reason, delayed the iPadOS 14.7 debut until today. The iPadOS 14.7 update can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new ...
General iOS 14

iOS 14.7.1 and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 Patch Security Vulnerability That May Have Been Actively Exploited

Monday July 26, 2021 11:55 am PDT by
Apple today released unexpected iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 updates to the public, and according to a newly released support document, the software addresses a serious security vulnerability that may have been exploited in the wild. Apple says that an application may have been able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges due to a memory corruption issue. "Apple is aware of a report ...
iOS 15 icon mock banner

Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to Developers

Monday June 7, 2021 12:02 pm PDT by
Following the conclusion of today's keynote event that saw the unveiling of new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple has made the first betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 available to developers for testing purposes. Registered developers can download the profile for the first iOS and iPadOS betas from the Apple Developer Center, and once the profile is installed, beta updates...
14

Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS and iPadOS 14.7 to Developers

Tuesday June 29, 2021 10:14 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the fourth betas of new iOS and iPadOS 14.7 updates to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third iOS and iPadOS 14.7 updates. iOS and iPadOS 14.7 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad. The new iOS and iPadOS 14.7 updates may be focused on...
iOS 15 icon on phone

Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to Developers

Thursday June 24, 2021 1:36 pm PDT by
Apple today seeded the second betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to developers for testing purposes, with the updates coming two weeks after Apple unveiled the new software and released the first betas. Registered developers can download the profile for the first iOS and iPadOS betas from the Apple Developer Center, and once the profile is installed, beta updates will be available over the air. It's ...