Next-gen iPad Air may come with double the RAM

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Details of the iPhone 6 have been leaking like a broken water balloon the past few weeks, but while details on the upcoming iPad Air 2 have been scarce, a new report claims Apple plans to increase the next-generation iPad Air’s performance with a big RAM upgrade.

Supply chain sources from China have told TechNews in Taiwan that Apple will double the amount of RAM in the iPad Air 2 to 2GB, but the iPad mini with Retina display will continue to pack only 1GB of RAM.

The extra 1GB of RAM rumored for the iPad Air 2 would be a welcomed addition that could make the tablet powerful enough to take advantage of the split-screen multitasking feature Apple cut out of iOS 8.

Details of the iWatch were also mentioned in the report, which claims Apple’s smartwatch will have 512MB of RAM as well as 8GB of internal storage, and that it will be able to operate independently without an iWatch or iPad. Apple has not announced an iPad event yet this year, but its expected that the new lineup will be revealed in October, if Apple follows its usual release patterns.

In addition to 2GB of RAM, the second-generation iPad Air 2 is also rumored to feature an anti-reflection coating that will make it easier to read with, as well as upgrades to the processor, camera, and some small design tweaks.

  • Ash

    “Details of the iWatch were also mentioned in the report, which claims Apple’s smartwatch will have 512MB of RAM as well as 8GB of internal storage, and that it will be able to operate independently without an iWatch or iPad”

    Did you mean iPhone not iWatch at the end of that statement?

  • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

    Bout time, iPad air is nearly perfect, but the shortage on RAM can be a real drag.

  • shit

    2gb of ram that’s it apple. Come the fuck on. We got phones out that are a fraction of the size with 3 and soon 4 gb of ram.

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