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iPhone 4 has twice the RAM of iPad and 3GS

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 41 comments

The new iPhone 4 has twice the RAM of Apple's magical and revolutionary iPad.

When the iPhone 4 was announced, a lot of people were surprised that some features, like iMovie, were exclusive to iPhone 4. Not even the iPad, with its identical A4 processor, was said to be getting all the same apps.

However, it seems the issue is one of hardware, more specifically, RAM. MacRumors reports that while the original iPhone and iPhone 3G boasted 128MB of RAM and the 3GS and iPad had twice that with 256MB, the iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM.

Though Apple isn't exactly known for releasing the processor speed and RAM of any of its iPhones, the company supposedly confirmed the 512MB at WWDC last week.

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    mattfoo2324 , June 18, 2010 8:00 PM
    The iPad looks so outdated now with its 1024 x 768 screen, 1/2 the RAM and no camera, not to mention a front facing one. Apple really dropped the ball on the engineering of the iPad, where two months later its totally outclassed by a PHONE! Too bad consumers can't recognize that and refuse to buy already outdated hardware. Instead, we're stuck with sheeple, with Steve Jobs tending the flock.
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    sliem , June 18, 2010 8:20 PM
    Fortunately for Apple, they have genius marketing team.
    Unfortunately for Apple fans, they have genius marketing team.
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    ern88 , June 18, 2010 7:58 PM
    What is the norm ram for a smart phone these days?
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    mattfoo2324 , June 18, 2010 8:00 PM
    The iPad looks so outdated now with its 1024 x 768 screen, 1/2 the RAM and no camera, not to mention a front facing one. Apple really dropped the ball on the engineering of the iPad, where two months later its totally outclassed by a PHONE! Too bad consumers can't recognize that and refuse to buy already outdated hardware. Instead, we're stuck with sheeple, with Steve Jobs tending the flock.
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    sliem , June 18, 2010 8:20 PM
    Fortunately for Apple, they have genius marketing team.
    Unfortunately for Apple fans, they have genius marketing team.
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    lo_vaquero , June 18, 2010 8:25 PM
    Did apple screw up? They have supposedly sold 2 million iPads.

    That's $1 billion minimum that they've managed to part from various fools of varying colors, fruits and adorations...

    So what if it is now upscaled by a phone? Apple made a boatload of cash either way...
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    Tuguz , June 18, 2010 8:26 PM
    I've noticed that my friend's iPad slows down on some PDF documents. It was clear that this isn't really an ideal device from the start.

    Sadly, most of my friends don't know that and they won't listen to your recommendations anyway.
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    zambutu , June 18, 2010 8:34 PM
    Depends how you look at it. To me, having an iPad is better than no iPad. You can wait a year until the tablet market sorts itself out and buy the best machine going, or just enjoy the existing iPad for now. No, it doesn't do everything I want it to, but no device does.

    I don't care if the iPhone has better specs than the iPad, the screen is too small to be useful for anything other than checking email when out and about.
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    jmchien , June 18, 2010 8:39 PM
    I agree with zambutu... for people who have use for the iPad whether it's for fun or business they will buy (probably haven bought) the iPad and a better spec phone won't necessarily change that
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    xxsk8er101xx , June 18, 2010 9:32 PM
    512MB RAM is the norm for smart phones. Mine has 512MB with the droid incredible.

    This news is like saying the iphone can multitask. Multitasking has been the norm for awhile.

    ern88What is the norm ram for a smart phone these days?

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    nforce4max , June 18, 2010 9:42 PM
    lo_vaqueroDid apple screw up? They have supposedly sold 2 million iPads. That's $1 billion minimum that they've managed to part from various fools of varying colors, fruits and adorations...So what if it is now upscaled by a phone? Apple made a boatload of cash either way...



    Sure Apple can try to reinvent the condom and put a fruit logo on it doesn't mean it was successful technologically.
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    ordcestus , June 18, 2010 10:30 PM
    lo_vaqueroDid apple screw up? They have supposedly sold 2 million iPads. That's $1 billion minimum that they've managed to part from various fools of varying colors, fruits and adorations...So what if it is now upscaled by a phone? Apple made a boatload of cash either way...

    I agree they made good money but when you undercut your products so quickly like this it'll drive customers away
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    joytech22 , June 18, 2010 10:41 PM
    That phone has better spec's than the computer in the back of my room!
    256MB DDR Ram, 800MHz processor LUL.
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    blurr91 , June 18, 2010 10:44 PM
    ordcestusI agree they made good money but when you undercut your products so quickly like this it'll drive customers away


    Easy, Apple will lure them back with iPad+ with identical set up as the new iPhone 4, just in time for Christmas shopping season. And then the next iPod Touch that's better than the iPad+...then the next iPhone that's better than the iPod...so on and so forth...

    The sad thing is people keep falling for this incremental update trick.
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    mp562 , June 18, 2010 11:19 PM
    I love it -- they "supposedly confirmed". LOL.
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    lauxenburg , June 19, 2010 1:15 AM
    ern88What is the norm ram for a smart phone these days?
    I'd say like 128-256.
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    tipoo , June 19, 2010 1:18 AM
    lauxenburgI'd say like 128-256.



    Actually most are shipping with 256MB as of today, many (Nexus one, Pre Plus, Evo 4G, to name a few) making the jump to 512MB. Only the lowest end smartphones still use 128.
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    tipoo , June 19, 2010 1:18 AM
    The more we learn about the iPhone 4, the more I find it stupid that the iPad wasn't beefed up more. Seriously, your tablet has half the RAM of your smartphone, when their launch dates were so close? Thats plain stupid.
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    jazn1337 , June 19, 2010 2:47 AM
    So why get an iPad again?
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    sceen311 , June 19, 2010 2:55 AM
    mattfoo2324The iPad looks so outdated now with its 1024 x 768 screen, 1/2 the RAM and no camera, not to mention a front facing one. Apple really dropped the ball on the engineering of the iPad, where two months later its totally outclassed by a PHONE! Too bad consumers can't recognize that and refuse to buy already outdated hardware. Instead, we're stuck with sheeple, with Steve Jobs tending the flock.

    Huh I think the feat to overcome with the iPad was a marketing one not an engineering one. They're breaking into a new market and releasing a new device.
    Why would you complicate that by increasing your production and materials cost right off the bat?
    Why would you add more 2x more ram when your not even sure how the device is going to sell?

    If the iPad launch failed, you just wasted a bunch of money by adding a bunch of ram, that it doesn't need.
    If the iPad lanuch was successful you just wasted a bunch of money by adding a bunch of ram it doesn't need.
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    christopherknapp , June 19, 2010 3:36 AM
    xxsk8er101xx512MB RAM is the norm for smart phones. Mine has 512MB with the droid incredible. This news is like saying the iphone can multitask. Multitasking has been the norm for awhile.


    That is a very broad statement, and really proved nothing. It's like saying "I can use battery acid to wash my dishes ..." just because you can doesn't mean you should, or that it is the best way to wash your dishes.

    My point being that the iPhone4's system for multitasking has already been shown to be not only more intuitive by faster than any other smartphone out there currently.

    Just because someone is first doesn't mean they are best.
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    spentshells , June 19, 2010 5:15 AM
    christopherknappThat is a very broad statement, and really proved nothing. It's like saying "I can use battery acid to wash my dishes ..." just because you can doesn't mean you should, or that it is the best way to wash your dishes.My point being that the iPhone4's system for multitasking has already been shown to be not only more intuitive by faster than any other smartphone out there currently. Just because someone is first doesn't mean they are best.


    what are you saying ? yes multitasking is the norm with almost any phone worth having.

    I think what the poster you quoted was saying is
    "IPHONE 4 is nothing new. All features it presents today are old news.

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