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The photo above depicts what is claimed to be the 2GB Elpida RAM module Apple is using in the iPad Air 2. The origin of the part in the image, which was posted to Weibo last night, is unknown, but it appears fairly similar to the 1GB Elpida RAM found in the first generation Air.

Reports suggesting that the new full-sized iPad may feature 2GB of RAM have been bouncing around since mid-August. Many pundits believe that Apple is planning to add greater functionality to its iPad line, in an effort to better differentiate its tablets from its larger smartphones.

And according to clues found hidden within developer betas of iOS 8 and 8.1, that greater functionality could come in the form of Touch ID support, higher resolution displays, and a new split-screen multitasking feature—the latter of which would really benefit from the added RAM.

Additionally, the iPad Air 2 is expected to feature a thinner casing, with recessed volume buttons and other minor tweaks, anti-reflective coating, and a new gold colorway option. It’ll also likely feature the A8 processor and M8 co-processor found in the iPhone 6, or a variation of them.

On Wednesday, Apple sent out media invitations for an October 16 event, where it will likely unveil new iPads, Macs and more.

[Weibo via MacRumors]

  • Kurt

    Hope this helps with the lag and frame drop issues with some higher demanding games. I bet this will solve my problems with Safari! FINALLLYYYYYYYYY

    • Mozaik

      You are so wrong i have iphone 5s and only game that had hiccup was bioshock and ot was not because of ram but due to bioshock is not at all optimized and with ios 8 metal api things are going to get further improved in gaming

      • Kurt

        I am so right. Try a World of Tanks.

    • Matt

      I’ve never had a single frame rate drop on my 5s…

      • HooDatty

        Lies. You get it right here in this comment section, over 90% of the time when first scrolling down to them.

      • Matt

        Cause Disqus sucks on mobile

      • Kurt

        I get frame drops in world of Tanks when I’m near other players and use the scope. Another game lags when there are a lot of enemies on the map. That has to do with RAM. Not sure about World Of Tanks frame drops though but at times it’s a huge drop in frames.

      • BoardDWorld

        Sounds like a bug, Battle Supremacy runs flawlessly.

      • smtp25

        Lag is also from latency in your connection, if you ping is too high then the more tanks on screen the more updates required the more laaaaag

      • Kurt

        Yes, ping has to do with lag. Frame drops has to do with RAM or the processor. It occurs when there is a lot of tanks in a small area.

  • regkilla

    The iPhone 6 Plus should have came with 2 GB of RAM.

    • objdadon

      Companies like to spoon feed ya. I love my 6 plus but I hope the next one has the split screen because I enjoyed that one my note 2.

    • Zuncho

      “Many pundits believe that Apple is planning to add greater functionality to its iPad line, in an effort to better differentiate its tablets from its larger smartphones.” There is your answer..

    • sosarozay300

      i wish my iphone 6 had 2gb ram too but i can guarantee you the 6s will have 2gb ram

      • @dongiuj

        “Guarantee”? How exactly?

  • n0ahcruz3

    2gb ram eh? Maybe apple is really considering split screen multitasking in the future.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    This rumor floats around every device, phone or tablet, every year. Who really cares. Apple has long proved its not all about RAM in iDevices. If it has it great, if it doesn’t it’s still great.

    • thomas

      speak for yourself we want more ram

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I am speaking for myself. I use my 15 inch RMBP…the ipad is just a toy.

      • Kurt

        But a nice toy nonetheless

    • Kurt

      Only fan dorks deny the lag they have and want their devices to have less specs so they can do less. We never got multitasking because of lack of RAM btw

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I have never thought of the ipad as a device created to do or handle extreme tasks. I prefer a lap top.

      • Kurt

        It’s not, it’s a consumption device. Only fanboys would say otherwise. It’s a nice device but lacks too much and is far too hard to do simple things. But for watching vids and playing games it’s. Nice toy.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Thats what its made for. Consumption not creation….though simple things can be created with it. It doesn’t matter, more ram won’t change what it was/is designed for.

      • Kurt

        True. But it would stop the apps from crashing so much so I’m in favor of it. But yeah it won’t magically make it so much more than an app launcher lol

      • True, but for the price you’re paying for it, there’s no moral reason why similar in quality and in price competitors (like the Lenovo Miix 2 10) should be able to do that while the iPad struggles…

  • Fanboy 

    If you ask for more RAM on an iPhone, then you have no credibility. But on the iPad it would be useful as we can get closer to running desktop-class applications and true multitasking, which is only something that should be done on an iPad.

    • Kurt

      If you don’t want higher specs in your device you have no credibility. We don’t have multitasking because of fan dorks who will protect their boyfriend apple and jump for joy at having too little ram

      • Fanboy 

        So explain again why the 1GB of RAM on our iPhones are outperforming quad-core processors with 2GB+ of RAM on androids? If you think paper specs are important then you have no credibility, which you clearly dont have 🙂

      • Kurt

        Out performing in some ways. Not all. My I devices crash from low mem. My Note 3 has never had apps crash. Apps crashing is normal on I devices. Watch how much better it will be on the new iPad.

        You’ll change your tune

      • Fanboy 

        Sucks for you, I’ve never had apps crashing on my iPhone and I’ve owned every single iPhone since the 3GS was out (unless you count apps crashing due to a developers buggy update). My iPad as well never has this problem, not to mention that it is jailbroken and is running ‘OS Experience’ which enables true multitasking of apps side-by-side.

      • Kurt

        You’re lying.

      • Fanboy 

        Feel free to buy an iPad Mini, jailbreak it, i’ll even pay $10 for the ‘OS Experience’ tweak from Cydia for you. But when it doesn’t crash, you owe me those $10 back 😉

      • Kurt

        Haha, I’ll go by experience on my iPad air thank you. And all my other I devices is and my wife had. Oh and the experience even many fanboys admit on iDB.lol

      • Fanboy 

        Only thing I’ve ever read on iDB is people complaining that Safari reloads their webpages, which I can guarantee you Apple will not increase the RAM to save you seconds from Safari having to reload a page. Now go away troll

      • Dao Sasone

        People like you will never understand that you need both hardware and software to be dominant. Ios only runs smoothly due to the fact that it can only run 1 app simultaneously. Try multiple apps like Android and see what happens. But apple got you guys fooled. You can only have so much software optimization then you would need more hardware. Which explains why the ipad is supposedly getting more ram. Im sure apple will add ram to their iPhone next.

      • Fanboy 

        My iPad Mini is jailbroken and runs a tweak called “OS Experience” (look it up). This allows it to run true multitasking, running multiple apps side-by-side live. I have yet to encounter 1 single crash. Im not saying more RAM is bad, but it definitely not needed for iOS, because like you stated its a mixture of software and hardware and at this point the way the software is engineered we don’t need more RAM on iPhone. The iPad could use more if they want to add a multitasking feature (although it wouldnt be needed either).

      • Dao Sasone

        I understand what your stating. When you run an app then jump to another app on ios does it start from where you left off as android does? I dont think so. Thats why ios don’t require more ram. It kills your current progress in that and you have to start over. I have many ios and they all does this. And thats why apple didn’t implement it into ios. Because you would have issues. True multiasking is not only being able to have split screens. Its about jumping around in multiple apps and windows without your current state being reset or reloaded.

      • Fanboy 

        You’re right that it doesn’t do that on stock iOS, but like I stated my iPad is jail broken and runs something called “OS Experience”. With this I am able to truly run multiple apps. I’ll have a game like 8 Ball Pool running, make the window smaller, open up safari to browse and have YouTube playing a video on a minimized screen as well. Even with these multiple apps running my iPad doesn’t crash so although you can’t do this on stock iOS, it proves that the current hardware is capable of running true multitasking without the need for more RAM.

  • @dongiuj

    WaHOOOOoooo

    • Kurt

      Soon all Apple worshippers will love having RAM

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Its not about how much RAM you have, its about how the OS handles the ram available. Have you ever taken a basic computer class?

      • Kurt

        Yes programming in fact. When my safari crashes and the diagnostics logs tell me it’s due to low ram shouldn’t you agree with me we need more RAM. devices can’t handle the workload.

  • Dao Sasone

    Haha if this is true apple finally putting aside their pride and putting more ram in their devices. And this indicates multitasking. Why else would you need more ram? I thought apple dont need such features to sell their products. What happened? Why not stick to your 1 gb off ram? You make lmfao apple.