Memory

Three major Apple suppliers have submitted preliminary bids for Toshiba’s flash chip business

In the coming weeks, Toshiba will unveil a final decision concerning selling a majority stake in its lucrative memory business. Bloomberg reported this morning that iPhone manufacturer Foxconn’s preliminary bid for Toshiba’s semiconductor unit is valued at a whopping $26.93 billion. According to Bloomberg’s sources, that amount is in part to force negotiations, using a bid that’s too high to ignore.

The different kinds of memory states on your Mac and what they mean

I was recently asked about the difference between active, inactive, and wired memory on computers. Many memory measure tools use these terms to describe your memory usage and doesn’t really go into much depth about what they mean.

In this piece, I hope to shed some light on this confusion and explain the differences between these memory states the best I can.

Confirmed: the iPhone 6s ships with 2GB of RAM

Good news for those worried about the RAM situation of the new iPhone 6s—it has been confirmed that both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will both sport 2GB of RAM. Well-known developer Hamza Sood confirmed the details by means of a tweet earlier today.

Apple rarely advertises the RAM contained in its products, but regardless of how Apple wants to downplay its importance, RAM is a big deal. 

Samsung reportedly supplying advanced DRAM memory for upcoming iPhones

In addition to landing a contract to build Apple’s next-generation A9 mobile processor for 2015 iPhones and iPads, Samsung is said to be supplying the Cupertino firm with its advanced DRAM memory chips to be used in next-generation iPhones, as well as LG’s upcoming G4 flagship handset.

The South Korean firm files as the world’s biggest memory chip supplier. According to a report Tuesday by The Korea Times citing two people familiar with the deal, the contract is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and last at least for a year.

New iPhone 5 logic board photo: A6 chip, Qualcomm LTE modem, Hynix flash

We’re less than three hours away from Apple’s big presser and, conveniently, a new high-quality photo surfaced alleging to represent the iPhone 5 logic board. From what can be gleaned, the board clearly shows an Apple-designed chip labeled “A6”, in addition to other chips that indicate LTE world-phone functionality, also proving that Apple could indeed be reducing its dependency on fellow smartphone maker and frenemy Samsung, which supplies Cupertino with more than one-third of components that go inside the current-generation iPhone…

New iPad packs 1GB of RAM, not that Apple will tell you that

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed about an Apple hardware release these days, it’s that all of us are going to wonder just what innards are hidden beneath that oh-so-gorgeous exterior.

The new iPad is no different, and while the rumors suggest that the new tablet will sport a considerable chunk of RAM, 1GB to be exact, it’s not likely that Apple will be sharing the fact any time soon.

In fact, we doubt they’ll ever share the iPad’s amount of RAM with us mere mortals…

Developer Shows How iOS Handles Multitasking [Video]

Everyone seems to be talking about iOS and how it handles it’s own particular brand of multitasking right now, and things have gotten rather heated.

With many high-profile developers and commentators reiterating that iOS handles multitasking fine just by itself, and some Apple Geniuses seemingly adamant that running apps should be closed manually in order to free up memory, one developer has been particularly outspoken. Fraser Speirs has already written a lengthy blog post on the subject, but now he has released an even longer video explaining just how iOS handles memory usage when multitasking.

The upshot? It turns out that iOS is actually pretty darned clever…

Next iPhone Rumored to Have 64GB Storage Option

Adding more fuel to the fire, rumor ninja Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s next iPhone will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a 64GB flavor of the iPhone 5, although there’s reason to believe that Apple’s focus on cloud storage with iCloud refutes such a claim.

With rumors of the iPhone 4S combating the idea of completely redesigned iPhone, Apple could choose to offer a cheaper iPhone with only 8GB of onboard storage. If iCloud is the future, how does more physical storage play into Apple’s vision?

The Likely Reason Why There Will Be No 64GB iPhone 5

Yesterday, we reported that the iPhone 5 might not receive the bump in storage that some have been expecting. Rumors swirling around a screen-grab from a Vodafone inventory listing, suggests that the iPhone 5 will arrive in one of four flavors — a black 16GB or 32GB option, and a white 16GB or 32GB option — 64GB of storage capacity was nowhere to be seen.

Now, at first, that might seem weird considering that Apple’s created 64GB iterations of the iPod touch and iPad lineup. But iCloud is right on the horizon, and with it, Apple has effectively eliminated the need for increased local storage capacity in their mobile devices. Check inside to see why…

Rumor: iPhone Nano Will Be Totally Cloud-Based

Rumors regarding the mysterious “iPhone Nano” have been surfacing everywhere lately. Speculation started gaining some traction last week, with a report from Bloomberg saying that Apple has been working on a smaller and cheaper version of the iPhone.

The Wall Street Journal recently corroborated and added some details to Bloomberg’s report. According to the WSJ, the “iPhone Nano” will be considerably smaller than the current iPhone and heavily rely on Apple’s MobileMe service.

More rumors have emerged regarding the iPhone Nano…

Air Stash: Add Memory to Your iPhone

Do you sometimes feel like 32GB of memory on your iPhone is not enough? You wish there was a way to add some additional GB to it? If so then rejoice because Air Stash will do that just for you.

Air Stash is some sort of USB stick mixed up with a SD card reader which communicates with your iPhone over wifi, allowing to share documents between the iPhone and the SD card. Check out this video to see it in action…