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iPad Mini low 512MB RAM, suffer from performance?

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Nov 4, 2012 2:13 AM

I recently bought an iPad Mini, nice little tablet for its size. However, I read a report on one of my favorite news about Apple products "Appletell" that the new iPad mini had a lower memory RAM(like 512MB) count than the 4th Gen iPad. I think that it's sad that Apple has it added, such a memory RAM on their new product. Does the the memory count remain an important part of performance when opening apps and playing games?


Here is the report about the iPad Mini memory RAM capacity:

iPod touch, iOS 6
  • Alancito Level 6 Level 6 (10,770 points)

    Although RAM is an important part of performance when opening apps and playing games, iPad mini's non-Retina display doesn't require as much memory as the Retina display models. And if it's any consolation, iPad mini's 512MB is double the original iPad's memory:




  • rumpledoll Calculating status...

    iOS is apparently designed so that it runs fantastic in smaller amounts of memory than other mobile operating systems (I'm looking at you Android and Windows). So it is pointless to compare to other manufacturers devices are their operating systems aren't as optimized in this way.  The iPad mini has the same screen resolution and the same SOC as the iPad 2, and my iPad 2 runs fantastically well in 512k, in the year and a half I've had it I've never gotten a low memory warning. The retina iPads have a much greater number of pixels to map and need extra memory to function well. An advantage to having only the memory a device needs is that less power is used as the unneeded memory doesn't have to be powered up. Bottom line, specification fetishism is only for people living back in the 90's! Just enjoy your iPad.

  • ollivierfromparis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I strongly disagree with you.


    I used to have an iPad and used to switch between several apps all day long.


    Since I have an iPad mini, I notice that now when I switch between apps, the background apps are often restarted when I switch back to them due to the lack of Ram.


    This is extremly annoying as secured apps beeing restarted keep asking for credentials.


    So I wish iPad mini had more RAM.

  • Alancito Level 6 Level 6 (10,770 points)

    ollivierfromparis wrote:


    So I wish iPad mini had more RAM.

    Ollivier ~ The iPad mini with Retina display has twice the RAM as the original iPad mini:

    "Dual-core A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture and 1 GB RAM" (Source)



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