iPad 2’s 512MB RAM Is Disappointing

The iPad 2 is now officially on sale and iFixIt went right to work by dismantling it to see the internal hardware parts. The one thing I was so keen on knowing is how much RAM does the iPad 2 have. I expected it would be 1GB to counter its competitors’ tablet products that boast 1GB of RAM.

It is now official. The iPad 2 has only 512MB of RAM which is very disappointing. I have read comments in other sites that said 512MB is enough. Yes. That is true. It is enough for 1 year only. Once a new iOS version comes out, the hardware requirements increases.

I am looking at this from a long term basis point of view. If the RAM was 1GB, then I do not have to worry about thinking that whenever there will be a new iOS version released, my current iPad 2 will perform slow. If you have lots of money, then go ahead and buy an iPad every year.

I look at a product that I think I can keep long term and I hoped that the iPad 2 is the one. Sad to say the 512MB is a disappointment and unless the iPhone 5 boasts 1GB of RAM, I have decided to put on hold my iPad 2 purchase.

One more thing. I think the reason Apple never mentioned the 512MB RAM is because a lot of people may be disappointed any will hold off buying an iPad 2. Sure, there will be many people buying them, but there will be some who won’t if they knew about it firsthand.

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4 comments

  1. Not everything is about the ram. Unless the ram is really high, or really low, it won’t affect the speed capabilities of the tablet. What really matters is the processor. A5? Really nice, and capable of handling a lot of what apple will throw at it. I currently have an iPad 2 running iOS 6.1.2 and it is not slow at all. And most of the time iOS updates make devices faster, and the iOS 6.1.1 for iPad 2 is different then the iOS 6.1.1 for iPad with retina display (fourth, fifth gen) apple is not going to load an iOS onto a device that can’t handle it. That’s why the iPod touch 2nd gen can ONLY update up to 4.1.3, and iPod touch 3rd gen can only update to iOS 5. Apple doesn’t allow updates onto devices that don’t meet the requirements

  2. @brett: yeah, but it depends. i myself want my ipad to be used long term. 512mb is not enough when o.s. upgrades are done and new games come out

    if only apps are used, 512mb should be sufficient

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