New Apple TV and 10th-Generation iPad Both Feature Increased 4GB of RAM

The third-generation Apple TV 4K and 10th-generation iPad announced this week are both equipped with increased RAM.

Apple TV 2022 Feature Blue
The newly released Xcode 14.1 Release Candidate confirms that the new Apple TV and iPad both contain 4GB of RAM. The previous Apple TV 4K and the ninth-generation iPad are equipped with 3GB of RAM, so both devices have received a memory boost.

Xcode has accurately revealed the amount of RAM in several iPhones, iPads, and other devices. Thanks to @AppleSWUpdates for assistance.

The new Apple TV is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, while the 10th-generation iPad is equipped with the A14 Bionic chip. The chip and RAM upgrades will contribute to increased performance and responsiveness on the devices.

For the new iPad Pro, Apple's website says there is 8GB of RAM in models with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage and 16GB of RAM in models with 1TB or 2TB storage.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman accurately reported that the new Apple TV would have 4GB of RAM prior to the device being announced.

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oneMadRssn Avatar
22 months ago

What does more RAM get you? More buffering?
I think it allows more apps running in the background. Right now, if you're always switching between HBO, Netflix, Prime, and Disney, tvOS might close the third or fourth last used app. So when you switch to it, it has to load anew, which might take some time (splash screen, pull the latest lists, populate the UI, etc.). With more RAM, more apps can continue to run in the background. So when you switch back to an used app you last used four apps ago, it will be instant as if you never left that app.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jimbobb24 Avatar
22 months ago
Nice I guess. I have never felt ram was an issue on any iOS device But more is always welcome.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
22 months ago
more storage, more ram at lower price
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frou Avatar
22 months ago
If only these things were hackable, we could have a lean-and-mean A15-based Linux desktop computer for chump change.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
22 months ago

It's nice and all, but I really don't understand why the Apple TV needs to be updated.

I have an Apple TV 4K 1st-gen from 2017 and responsiveness/performance has never been an issue at all. I'm constantly updated to the latest tvOS; still works as well as the day I got it. I'm sure the 4K 2nd and 3rd gen would perform even better but I don't see how much quality of life improvement there could be.

What are people doing on their Apple TV that would require constant upgrading? I mean, for iPhones and Macs, I get it. Just don't get it for Apple TV. Somebody illuminate?
I'm considering upgrading just because of the remote. The 2017's remote just sucks, but I'm not sure I want to pay 1/3rd of the cost of a new Apple TV 4K including remote just to get a remote.

So...for $20 more, you get Ethernet, Thread support, 4Gb RAM and 128Gb of Storage...seems like a no brainer in this case
The lower end model likely also has 4 GB RAM.

BTW, here in Canada, the 128 GB model only costs US$14.50 more than the 64 GB model, due to the fact it's only $20 more here too, but in CAD. ?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
acampagna85 Avatar
22 months ago
Trying to understand why Apple still hasn’t included full 4k at 120-fps………………….
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)