iPhone 4S Only Has 512MB of RAM, Just Like iPhone 4 and iPad 2

By , Oct 7, 2011

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on Tuesday, there was no mention of just how much RAM the new handset was packing. This didn’t seem too odd at the time, after all, Apple doesn’t usually for the Android approach of listing specifications in a hope to garner sales.

What is interesting is the revelation from Chair Entertainment’s creative director Donald Mustard, who claims that the iPhone 4S only sports 512MB of RAM, not the presumed 1GB…

Speaking to Eurogamer about the gaming prowess offered by the iPhone 4S’ new A5 architecture, Mustard let slip that the handset features 512MB of RAM, and not the expected 1GB:

“I’m still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I’m literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with 512MB of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?”

With Apple’s current iPhone 4 and iPad 2 models already host to 512MB of RAM, many pundits, including the entire iDB staff, wrongly assumed that the iPhone 4S would pack a little more punch. Throw in the fact that high-end Android phones also feature 1GB of RAM nowadays, and it was almost a dead certain that Apple would join in as well.

Apple’s big iPhone 4S selling point is Siri, the company’s new digital assistant feature, which allows users to speak commands into the handset and have them acted upon. This new-old feature — it was originally an app on the iOS App Store before Apple bought the company out — is currently limited to Apple’s new iPhone 4S. Again, as we all thought the new handset packed more RAM, that made sense. Now, well, not so much.

Is Apple simply holding Siri back from older handsets in an attempt to give the 4S a leg-up?

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  • Eddie

    I guess 4S stands for ‘still same shit, suckers!’

    • Ken

      Haha

    • Painman

      Hahaha +1

    • http://www.twitter.com/rogerdodgerTM rogerdodger

      NO.

      iPhone 4S means iPhone for Steve.

      • Tomb198269

        That’s what I posted the other day on here! +Apple

      • Silva

        WOW. That was so cool what u did there… 4S = 4Steve??
        1) stop being stupid (or at least TRY); and
        2) find a sense of humor.

  • Juan

    RAM, IMO, is more important than CPU. Yep, definitely skipping this model.

    • Ken

      And it is good to start talking about iPhone 5 rumor then. haha

  • north

    Duh, what did the Dev versions of the 4S that were sent out earlier have in them

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattiebatslayer Matt

    What a damn shame. Makes me feel better about waiting for the 5 though.

  • Eddie

    Censorship is cool

  • wanazou

    “I guess 4S stands for ‘still same shit, suckers!’”

    i think so too,
    waste of time

    “RAM, IMO, is more important than CPU. Yep, definitely skipping this model.”

    Yes, the RAM is very important, so, again yes i’ll skip this one too -.-*

    Damn you apple …

  • Chris

    Apples Handsets (all of them) worked like a charm when they came out.
    If Android needs 1GB of RAM to make its Galaxy SII run smoothly, and Apple not, this might be because the Software Architecture is just better in iOS??

    You’ll see it will beat the Samsung in Speed… Why would they use 1GB if they have enough with 512Mb?

    (On a Flight computer of a Boeing 737-800 NG there is 64MB of RAM and its freakin fast in what it does)

    Just think about that way. Apple just don’t need and don’t want to come out with Geeky Tech details. They will just use the easiest and best for their phone.

    • Dusean

      +10

    • DebTym

      true. Apple doesn’t play the game like..oh Samsung will release a phone with a large screen and 1gb of ram..we should be also releasing soon..oh HTC implemented 3D on their latest phone..we should do that also..Oh Nokia will have 12mp cam on their phones..we should put 20mp in ours.. i think that what makes Apple really different from Nokia and Samsung and all other who just competes with specs.. specs.. specs.. Apple is different. And at the end of the day iPhone will be more useful and powerful even though without that specs Droids talking about. iPhone is innovation. Droids are all about ‘spec’ulations?>.<

    • iPhone4S(sucks)

      yeah, I laugh at all those stupid bastards that are justifying apple for throwing us that shit of iphone 4s, hahaha, 512 MB??? why don’t use 1 MB, may be iOS can still run very fast hahaha, I’m boring of iOS, is the same shit since 4 years ago, only more apps. apple is feeding their dogs with a bone 1 a bit bigger. It’s funny to see how much money apple is doing thank’s to all the fan boys, and the people that buy iphone because they think the iphone as a phone for the elite….it’s very funny to me to read comments of fan boys that are very proud that apple is earning a lot of money, hahaha, if like apple is giving them a percent of the money, so stupids. apple will continue to earn big money for sure, but, they are losing market share little by little, and may be, one day they will be in a similar situation like Nokia, when their follower pets, fan boys and apes realize that iphone is not the best device anymore

      • Imy0UrdaDDy

        It’s just funny how people get surprise by Apple about the iPhone 4S. If anyone that really knows how Apple works please Reply. Apple ONLY UPDATES the devices, ” wait for it ” every 2 years or better yet every other i or Mac devices. There infamous for giving people minor devices upgrades. Apple recycles parts, example iPad 2 A5 chip / iPhone 4S A5 chips. Yes iPhone 4S A5 is now cheaper because it been done already. Like old PS3 vs PS3 Slim cheaper ( more effect ) parts. Same glass body, same resolution, cables that come in your package. Nintendo had been doing this for years recycle D-pads, Analog Sticks, Etc.. to cut down on cost. Why do you think iPhone 4S is now a World Phone all ( almost all ) networks in one device . Think about it Apple one recycle parts iDevice VS 200 new Android Devices made by many companies ( new parts too ) every year. Yet Apple still wins, companies only need one great phone and Apple’s iPhone proves that. Software wins battles, just like defense wins games in Sports. I’m a PC & I own an iPhone 4…

      • Coach

        From what I read, you’re really mad. Why even post on here if you don’t give a shit about apple products? You sound like a fucking baby. Go whine somewhere else.

    • mhsamma

      (On a Flight computer of a Boeing 737-800 NG there is 64MB of RAM and its freakin fast in what it does)

      You sir are an idiot for saying that. GO learn what a RAM does first, then for your second homework check what else does a Boeing 737-800 NG’s computer does with that RAM. Once you’re done then I will take your test. Now hurry up and start studying.

      • Chris

        Study like I did, make a engineers degree of aeronautics with specialization in computed flight systems, followed by an Airline Transport Pilot Licence… and type ratings on B737 and A330

        And then, maybe, I will accept what you tell me my man ;)

        Believe me I studied enough my friend

      • soccerkrzy

        LMAO, yes, because the flight computer generates full 32-bit colors at 960x640px at least 30fps while crunching game physics numbers…

      • Chris

        32-bit colours on 4!! 13 inch 1280×800 screens (weather Radar for example) at around 15fps, but taking environmental inputs from about 300 sensors and other sources (And believe me adapting the ring laser gyros with wind and pressure inputs, and crosscheck it with 3 other subsystems) in the same time then feeding the autopilot, the auto throttle, Flaps, Slats, approach glide, its a little bit heavier then lets say XPlane 9 HD Flight sim on a iPhone (with is a very well made game… )

        Lol

      • Steven

        …and the Voyager Spacecraft only has 68KB of RAM what’s your point exactly? Don’t equivocate or reach a hasty conclusion, you’ll get pwned, sir.

  • Steven

    I was all like “No, it’s cool the 4S is a suitable next iDevice” but now, I think I too will wait for the next one, embarrassing!

  • Andrew

    Damn. If true, this changes my impression of the 4S quite a bit (which was previously that it’s a damned great improvement, even without tweaks to the look or screen size).

  • http://gmail Tbv

    I thought at least 768MB of RAM would be on board. I am disappointed enough with the same small 3.5 inch screen and same design. I definitely will wait for the iPhone 5. I can deal with 512MB of RAM if I can get the 4 inch screen on the phone.
    Apple is too greedy wanting to maximize profit. We are paying a premium for these phones. I pay the full $650 for my FUL iPhone 4.
    I hope Android phone makers use this time wisely to continue to improve their products and kick Apple in the Ass!!
    WHAT A SHAME!! I will still buy iPhones but not the 4S.

    • iPhone4S(sucks)

      I agree with you, apple thinks this game will last forever, their fan boys and the rest of the people who is buying iphones are loyal to apple, and they use that as an advantage for them to make more money and investing less, after 16 months, they come with almost the same as the iphone 4, only slightly better, and they make people to think that more is not necessary, yeah, you can continue using the same existing apps in the appstore, but, many of us are tired of the same fuc- kin shit of 3.5 screen, in 2007 was enormous, but 4 years later, 3.5 is too small, the technology is changing, also the devices should improve overall, not only in a few specs, bullshit, iphone 4s sucks, and not for the name, not for the same design, but overall. if they used the same design, and they called iPhone 1s, but with bigger screen, and 1 gb ram, that would be great

  • AbuJaffer

    This changes everything.

    Seriously though, while a dual-core processor is very important (it’s twice as fast, who would have guessed!), RAM is more important in multitasking, app performance, Safari speed, and game performance.

  • Adrian aka Adi

    Iphone 4 (S)ucks :)

    A5 CPU and 64GB Flash Drive and only 512MB Ram
    and where is the bigger screen ?
    One big Joke !!!

  • Chris

    Personally (and this is my personal feelings) I truly hope that Apple won’t change the screen size in their future phones. I played around with a GSII yesterday, and seriously, I don’t feel like having this giant thing in my Pocket. For me the iPhone screen size is just perfect and perfectly readable with the retina screen. (If they manage though to build a Phone of the same size with 4 inch screen I wouldn’t mind at all… but please don’t make it bigger…

    About the RAM, When Apple releases something, you can be sure that it will work like a charm for everything it was designed for. (Except the 3G under iOS4 witch was a big mistake from Apple to open the 3G for this version of iOS)
    If you guys are so hot to have a phone with 1GB of RAM, just go and buy an Android, and you’ll be able to tell all you’re friends how much RAM you have in you’re pocket…

    But for sure, the iPhone 4S will work perfectly with 512MB of RAM if they release it like this

    • sOleFresh

      co-sign* on all of your posts Chris. My question is, why are all you android heads even on this site..i really dont care and doesnt bother me at all, that is until they come on here talking shyt as if any of us actually gave a damn. I’ll be happy with my 4S, i know it. Especially when the dude next to me with an android device asks to use my phone because his OS keeps crashing :P

    • kokhean

      True, NORMAL people like you and me just want a phone that works.

  • Scaredy Shroom

    Just curious, did the iPhone 4 slow down under heavy multitasking?

  • jedoonat

    Yeah…, the memory is a deal breaker :S Gonna be cancelling my order from ATT. And I have faith in the developers. I know they can pull off porting Siri to the iPhone 4. It’s gonna be a matter of when. Any bets? Mid January? ;)

  • http://www.twitter.com/rogerdodgerTM rogerdodger

    it’s just speculation. No one will never know until iFixit tears it down.

    btw, if the phones work great, it’s not important to know that. Normal user (99% of the market) don’t care about ram o processor or other things. They just know that the iPhone works very well. In fact iPhone has the best rate in customers satisfaction.

    RAM/specs are for geek-nerd.

    • jedoonat

      That’s the problem, I am a geek/tech nerd.

  • Imy0UrdaDDy

    It’s just funny how people get surprise by Apple about the iPhone 4S. If anyone that really knows how Apple works please Reply. Apple ONLY UPDATES the devices, ” wait for it ” every 2 years or better yet every other i or Mac devices. There infamous for giving people minor devices upgrades. Apple recycles parts, example iPad 2 A5 chip / iPhone 4S A5 chips. Yes iPhone 4S A5 is now cheaper because it been done already. Like old PS3 vs PS3 Slim cheaper ( more effect ) parts. Same glass body, same resolution, cables that come in your package. Nintendo had been doing this for years recycle D-pads, Analog Sticks, Etc.. to cut down on cost. Why do you think iPhone 4S is now a World Phone all ( almost all ) networks in one device . Think about it Apple one recycle parts iDevice VS 200 new Android Devices made by many companies ( new parts too ) every year. Yet Apple still wins, companies only need one great phone and Apple’s iPhone proves that. Software wins battles, just like defense wins games in Sports. I’m a PC & I own an iPhone 4…

  • Yboy403

    Nobody’s certain yet, so don’t be too hasty. The model ChAIR was given was pre-production, so it may have simply been made with an iPad 2 SoC, to simplify things.
    Unless you wait for the iFixit teardown, you’re being waaaaay to hasty.

  • http://www.MassEffectForums.com WaterTrooper

    iPhone4S = Siri

  • Daniel

    Why the hell couldn’t apple increase the screen size? For hell’ s sake! F##k you apple! I don’t care about siri, people talking to theirs phones look like complete idiots!

  • http://geekprison.com Marzan Chowdhury

    Apple has mostly focussed on experience and not on specifications. hence this not a surprise as the specs were given not that importance. I still assume that the iPhone 4S will provide best experience for smartphone users.

  • AltF4

    Why not someone just call Apple (since there is no email address for their online store), and say you are considering pre-ordering (even if not), and then ask them how much memory the new iPhone has (before you make the purchase)…

    1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753)

  • Woody dog

    I whent to AT&T store yesterday to find out if I was getting the gs2 or 4s. I’m comming from a 3GS on iOS 5 gm. The only thing better about the gs2 than my 3GS was the bigger screen. The chincy back cover popped off when I was using it and it was not as smooth as my 2 1/2 year old phone. So I ordered the 4s last night. If apple comes out with a bigger screen next year I will sell the 4s and upgrade. Or if windows gets a top shelf phone I will get that. I was not impressed with android.

  • Kstone

    Waste of money point blank. Every model of the iphone has had a “s” model . This is the worst model yet . Apple is way behind and all they did is bring the phone up to date excluding the screen size which would have sold me on the phonr. As far as the infuse from samsung , ive always had a iphone so i went and bought the infuse kept it 2 weeks . Biggest pos i ever bought end od story so i took it back got another iphone 4. Android market apps are just horrible. Android os sucks i dont care who says what. The end bye…..

  • kokhean

    Those of you complaining about how crappy the product is will still probably line up to buy it :p

  • frio

    Iphone sales speaks for itself… No need to argue..

  • Androidian

    I’m an android man because I found when I had the iphone4 tranferring files to and from the computer was far too much hassle when I changed pcs. I now run the galaxy s2 and absolutely love it…. smoother, clearer, expandable memory and flash compatible, the ability to download files straight from the internet to my phone and syncing is made easy and you can plug it to any PC or laptop and away you go.
    No Itunes No hassles No worries

    • Steven

      What exactly is so hard in connecting an iPhone to a PC with a USB cable? Slowly please…

  • Dan

    First i bought a bionic the day it came out and returned it the second i noticed the screen resolution was 10×10 (giant blocks)

    Went through hell returning my bionic (cause i sold my droid-x on ebay to purchase it) and had to buy someones used blackberry for $20.

    Then i sat and waited for the nexus prime which just announced there is no release date in sight

    So just a few minutes ago i put down a pre order for the 4S. Then got home to find out it only will have 512mb ram.

    Is this some sort of sick joke? Now i have to go cancel my iphone4S pre-order and wait for a phone that has specs like the bionic without a terrible screen

  • Androidian

    Nothing is hard about that at all just the fact you can only have it synced to only one itunes at any given time makes it a pain…

  • andy s

    I’m gonna wait for the 6 next year. I don’t want to go through another 2 years being asked if i have the previous years’ model or the new one. This is the first time i’ve ever had a phone for the entire 2 year agreement (3GS) without being impatient and buying another model (and even more so because they delayed the launch from June til now), and all they did was partially bring it up to par to current standards and throw an S at the end. Disappointed.

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