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.
So now that you have seen the iPad 2, what do you think about it? Do you plan to get one? While it was fairly obvious that they introduced a dual core CPU considering tablets of other brand makers already have it, they did not indicate any information regarding RAM.
So they made a white iPad 2 available which looks like a torn monitor screen of a Macbook. But I am really curious to know if the RAM is 1GB or just the same plain 512MB as the iPhone 4. If it is, it is disappointing. I knew that the iPad 2 will have some good new features (front/rear cameras, dual core, lighter and thinner body, etc.) that can make consumers tempted to buy them (even if the still cameras suck and their website shows high quality images instead of pixelized ones) but I think my desire to get an iPad 2 for my wife will have to be put on hold till I know that the memory RAM is indeed 1GB.
If it is just 512MB, then I will wait next year for the iPad 3 or whatever they plan to call it then. I will instead focus on getting myself a new Macbook Pro so I could get started on my iOS development. For now, it is a wait and see scenario for me.
Apple is poised to announce the iPad 2 on March 2nd, 2011. The tech giant’s marketing department has been firing off invitations to select outlets for an event scheduled at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The promotional art (from Touch Arcade) clearly is indicating that Apple is indeed announcing a second generation iPad on the heels of numerous rumors indicating that it would.
Nobody is sure yet what new features will be there but I am guessing that it will be features that will irritate iPad 1 owners. An on-board camera? An SD slot? Some people are suggesting it will boast a Retina Display and a dual-core SGX543 GPU. Who knows …
Only a few days from now and the features will be revealed. What do you think those new features will be?