iPad 2 Memory: Only 256MB of RAM?

(UPDATE: A new report form Apple Insider says the new iPad will have 512MB or RAM after all. We will have to wait till Apple confirms this or ships the tablet. Read more abou the iPad 2’s memory here.)

At the iPad 2 announcement today one important detail was not mentioned–the amount of memory in the new iPad. The iPhone 4 was upgraded with 512 MB of RAM when it was released last year. So what about iPad 2? Mums the word from Apple.

When Gizmodo asked about RAM at the London demo after the announcement Wednesday, the person showing off the iPad 2 said it only came with 256 MB. As they discussed the issue, the man’s supervisor at the event gave a “no comment” response. On the Apple specifications page for the new iPad there is no mention of the amount of memory.

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Is the iPad 2 is under spec’d in the memory department? It would be a disappointment if this is true. Why would Apple put half as much memory in the new iPad as is currently available on the iPhone?  The only answers we can come up with is cost or availability of enough memory chips.

This question will likely be settled either with an announcement from Apple or a tear down iFixit. Until then, stay tuned.