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iPad 2 Memory: Only 256MB of RAM?

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(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.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

6 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    03/03/2011 at 1:34 am

    Ludicrous, if true. Maybe they should have kept that .2mm thickness and bumped it to 1GB.

  2. Jeff Alberda

    03/03/2011 at 5:02 am

    Sounds like they would like to keep it under wraps until after the opening day.

  3. Dorje Sylas

    03/03/2011 at 8:10 pm

    That’s what you get for repeating unsubstantiated crap from Gizmodo. How about doing your own investigation instread of rumor mongering.

  4. Karfrs

    03/04/2011 at 1:45 am

    Now all we need is that on the 11 of march, you buy it, and it has 2 gis of RAM… Now THAT would be impressive… (but IMPOSSIBLE!!)

  5. Kame

    03/04/2011 at 3:52 am

    it should same as iphone5

  6. Joe

    03/28/2011 at 12:06 am

    The paradigm has changed. It should work for apps that run on it. The rest is apple’s problem. That is how they make it work is for them We only know about memory cause that was a parameter for performance on the Mac. But iPad is an appliance so u cannot compare as you would have to Include all parameters which consumers cannot.

    The paradigm is it works for apps you buy. Check out garage band and then tell me there is a performance issue.

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