iPad Air review assembly exposes 1GB of RAM

By Peter Chubb - Oct 30, 2013

It’s been just over a week since Apple’s October event, which saw several new products released, one of them being the iPad Air. We have already seen some early hands-on reviews, but what we really wanted was a detailed review, and so a number of tech sites have replied in kind.

Apple has finally allowed detailed iPad Air reviews to be published and put online, and this review assembly exposes what could be a flaw, and that is sticking with the 1GB of RAM philosophy, which has been part of the iPad specs for several years now.

While it would be easy to ridicule Apple for sticking with just 1GB of RAM, there are several things you need to consider. The first is the fact that the new A7 processor manages to reduce file opening times by 50 percent, which helps to reduce the load on RAM.

Apple sticks with 1GB of RAM for iPad Air

Apple sticks with 1GB of RAM for iPad Air

Several of the reviews show amazement with iPad Air performance considering the low amount of memory, this can only mean that Apple has done a better job than its rivals when it comes to getting the hardware and software working as one.

When we look at Android tablets there specs have to be far greater than that of the iPad, this is because they have to overcome inefficiencies within the software. We have to look at Android tablets as muscle cars from several years ago, overcoming weight issues with pure power, so a huge amount of horsepower but with not more to show for it when compared to European rivals.

However, it is still 1GB of RAM and will be a hard pill to swallow for potential iPad Air owners. If Apple did not think it was an issue, then why don’t they list it in its specs list?

Before we go, there is one more thing we would like to leave you with, and that is how the use of the 64-bit chip could demand more from the memory when it comes to gaming. Only time will tell with real-world tests of the iPad Air when it comes to the number of apps running in the background.

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  • das

    and thats why apple devices dont multitask or have dual camera modes or have high res displays or have smart feature capability like samsung phones do

    • Craig Jackson

      don’t have a high res display? LOL don’t multitask? I’m not a fanboy by any means but YY U NO CLEVER!

      • das

        show me a ios device that does real time multitasking such as being able to drag and drop objects from one window to another ? like the note 3 can and the note 10.1

  • kenn213

    “…the new A7 processor manages to reduce file opening times by 50 percent, which helps to reduce the load on RAM.”

    I’m curious what the technical justification is for this statement. A faster CPU can load data into ram quicker, but it won’t reduce the load. Data is data…