ipad pro a9x

In addition to our discovery yesterday that the new Apple TV has 2GB of RAM, Adobe has inadvertently leaked that the iPad Pro has twice the RAM of the iPad Air 2, which has 2GB of RAM.

A press release published yesterday, which highlights its new Creative Cloud mobile apps, specifically mentions four gigabytes of RAM on the iPad Pro.

“iPad Pro is great for creative workflows with a high res 12.9″ touch screen display at 2732 x 2048 pixels, A9X chip, and 4GB RAM,” reads the press release. Soon thereafter, Adobe has updated the press release to no no longer mention 4GB of RAM.

The iPad Pro obviously needs extra RAM to drive its massive 12.9-inch screen with 50 percent more pixels than existing Retina iPads.

The extra RAM should also enable smoother overall performance, especially when running two apps in iOS 9’s side-by-side multitasking mode.

iPad pro speakers

The 64-bit A9X processor inside the tablet provides nearly twofold CPU performance increase and even faster graphics, in addition to double the memory bandwidth.

In addition to the fully laminated 12.9-inch screen, the iPad Pro features four-speaker audio, two times faster Touch ID, an eight-megapixel iSight camera on the back, dual microphones for enhanced Siri functionality, the Apple-designed Smart Connector on its side for connecting the new Smart Keyboard and more.

Source: Adobe

  • sNick

    Nice news. But what about the RAM of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus? Do they have the 2GB of RAM?

    • No one besides Apple knows for sure right now..

    • Depends if it needs it, the iphone 6 didn’t need 2GB to run smoothly but if 3DTouch takes a lot of processing power (which you would think it does) then it’s likely to include an extra 1GB.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        If gaming on an iPhone is your thing then yes 2 or more gigs of ram are most certainly needed to run smoothly. So the 6 most certainly could have used it.

      • Shinonuke

        My games on my iPhone 6 runs smooth. Not sure what game you’re playing on your iPhone 6 that is not smooth. Either way, I welcome more RAM.

      • George

        Or safari refreshes.

      • Rowan09

        Just like my S5 active

      • George

        Oh you have safari on Android, you must be from the future.

      • Rowan09

        No whatever Samsung browser is, that’s what I have. Android do refresh too as well you know, there’s a reason they need so much RAM.

      • Gary le

        Yes i know what u mean! People try opening multiple tabs in safari from the first tab like idb or imore and then after a while reading those tabs then go back to the first one.

      • My games run really smooth on the 6, probably because of Apple’s Metal SDK. Following android by just adding extra RAM is the wrong move. Apple are focussing on the software side to make iOS run better on less hardware. In the long run it will allow them to keep improving performance which is good for everyone!

    • Matheus Lisboa

      They do

  • George

    That’s great but its still an iPad.

    • That_Fruitarian

      It’s just an iPad… I still can’t wait to get my hands on one.

    • Rowan09

      Yep that’s why it’s great.

      • Haha, knew your tone would change the moment Apple released their iSurface…

      • Rowan09

        What tone did I change? I’m not getting one just like I wouldn’t get a Surface. I wouldn’t care if it ran OSX I need 500GB minimum on a laptop

      • It’s more of a want though right, wouldn’t it be better if you just used an External HDD

      • lol it is like a surface in many ways.. Saw it first with the speakers then the keyboard. I don’t blame them though they did have to bring some of those features over.

  • Chuck Finley

    A Macbook Air is still better at that price point.

    Hell, you could get an amazing PC laptop at that price.

    • Yujin

      True but that applies to you particularly. Artist and designers may think otherwise as this ipad pro is gear towards the creative types and that stylus confirms what many artist and designers have been waiting for for years.

      Those who live in access and excel not so much.

      • Chuck Finley

        I considered that, but even so Wacom produce utterly fantastic tablets. For starters you can’t use Photoshop on an iPad (Or rather you can, but you’re stuck with an incredibly limited, bastardised version).

        I’d imagine a full fledged designer/artist would rather opt for a computer with full desktop software over bastardised/non-existent software (I don’t think AutoCAD comes on iOS either…)

        For sketches and note taking? Hell yeah, the iPad looks great for it. But for any kind of actual grunt work? Maybe not so much.

      • Rowan09

        According to the video Adobe has something for the iPad and they showcased it. Please those also showed Auot CAD as well.

      • Chuck Finley

        Are you talking about the thing where they showed off that new tech that can change people’s smiles?

        Or did they mention some other stuff in that presentation?

        If so, that sounds interesting. I’ve worked with Photoshop for years and the full package would be amazing with touchscreen.

      • Rowan09

        Yes and they also showed AutoCAD running on the iPad Pro. Phil showed it when he was speaking about it.

  • Martynet

    Don’t tell me that not one person installed and launched geekbench after the keynote… that’s the first thing I would do 😀

    • Elias Chao

      I assume that they aren’t able to install apps on this demo devices. Sometimes those run a special demo version of iOS. Also, they would need to set the devices up with this account, I’d bet this is not allowed.

  • Chindavon

    I still wish it had some sort of OS X hybrid element to it as well. Was hoping to replace my 2012 MBP.

  • Raymond Acevedo

    With these specs, if Apple really wants to compete with the Surface, they should put a lite version of OS X on it. It should be able to run it and it would be a good entry level for people who don’t want to spend over a grand on a Mac Book.

  • Christopher

    Sadly I can’t see myself ditching my Macbook Pro for a iPad Pro as a everyday computer yet

    • I doubt the A9X can keep up with the Intel’s the MacBooks have.

      • 5723alex .

        According to Apple, it can.

      • Who doesn’t want to toot their own horn?

  • Nirvana

    “4gb of RAM” statement has been removed, says MacRumors

  • Mattoligy

    “The 64-bit A9X processor inside the tablet provides nearly twofold CPU performance increase and even faster graphics, in addition to double the memory bandwidth.”

    And how many of those horses are going to be lost driving the larger screen? iPad2 to iPad3 anyone remember that? A much faster chip but the same geek bench score as its predecessor thanks to that Retina display… Can’t wait to see how the pro scores in comparison to the air2.

  • Yujin

    4GB with the fast processor and the OS would make this a great tablet. I wonder how it will compared to a surface pro machine in benchmarks. Would be nice if the ipad pro smokes it and knowing apple and their control over everything does pay off in big performance

    • Shinonuke

      My guess would be that the surface pro win on the benchmark because it runs a desktop class cpu while the iPad pro doesn’t. Real life applications may yield a different results. can’t wait to see a more comprehensive review

    • Chuck Finley

      Performance is nothing when you consider the Surface Pro has access to full desktop software though.

      • But Windows 8/10 is Microsoft’s fast attempt at a tablet OS, taking a desktop OS and adding touch to it is cheap, Apple will have experimented with touch OSX but probably found it to be hard to use without a permanent mouse or trackpad. The iPad pro will run powerfull software but it will be designed specifically for use on an iPad.

      • Chuck Finley

        >Windows 10
        >Tablet OS

        Are you completely high?

        Windows 8 tried to be both a tablet and desktop OS, but failed miserably because it was a jack of all and master of none. However even with that it’s still a desktop OS that can run desktop software.

        Windows 10 is a full fledged desktop OS with a tablet mode that apparently sucks. It’s a desktop OS first, why do you think they got rid of Metro and turned it into that new start menu?

        iOS is a pure mobile OS and doesn’t have any software that is even comparable to their desktop equivalents.

      • I did say that Windows 10 is Microsoft’s fast attempt at a Tablet OS, a fast attempt is going to be bad! If Apple took OSX and added touch inputs it would also be bad! iOS is designed for touched screens so all they have to do is create more powerful software. The Adobe demo was great! looked like a much better interface than the desktop suite, hopefully it’s as powerful

      • Window 10 is a fast attempt? Where were you when they unveiled Windows 8 in 2012? Windows 8 was an attempt to try something innovative (a 2-in-1 OS), but executed poorly. They mostly fixed that Windows 8.1.1 and did further polishing in Windows 10.

        There’s still room for improvement, but not sure how that is rated “bad” compared to something that proudly remains inflexible, incompatible and inferior. Even the Surface 3 does a lot more than the iPad Pro, but you still classify that as “bad”…please what rational logic and proof do you have to back that up?

  • Valinor

    Well Apple is finally bumping up their specs.
    If the Ipad Air 3 has these specs, i wont be able to resist.
    4 speakers, great stylus and 4gb Ram (3gb would be ok also) is what I need.

  • That’s as irrelevant as this (http://zd. net/1iFgviP)…