Apple’s iPhone 4S reportedly has same 512MB RAM as iPhone 4

“The iPhone 4S still has just 512MB of RAM like the iPhone 4, multiple sources are claiming,” Electronista reports.

“Donald Mustard, the creative director for Infinity Blade developer Chair, casually mentioned the fact in a recent interview while discussing the 4S’ potential for games,” Electronista reports. “Today, however, AppVV — home to an early hands-on with the 4S — insists that the hardware is indeed limited to 512MB.”

Eletronista notes that there would “be no reason to limit the Siri voice command system to the 4S, since the iPad 2 is similarly equipped with 512MB of RAM and an A5 processor. Apple has not announced whether Siri will ever migrate to earlier devices. It is so far being treated as a 4S exclusive, presumably to boost sales.”

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33 Comments

        1. Sorry. I must admit that I was overly sensitive to the initial analysts disappointment in the iPhone 4’s announcement. However, I am delighted to have been contacted by a person of your stature, Fred Mertz. And that is not sarcasm. To demonstrate my frustration with the disappointment of many I previously made this comment:
          Here are 10 reasons that you may never see a substantial redesign of the iPhone:
          1) If Apple is selling all that they can make, there is no good business reason to change the design. At this time Apple sells 5% of the phones made. Apple is far from having to redesign the phone to get new customers.
          2) The antennae would have to have a major redesign (that metal band is the antennae).
          3) Design changes would cause for major retooling resulting in lower margins.
          4) Design changes would cause for major retooling resulting in rollout delays. For instance, Apple hopes to rollout the new iPhone 4S to 100 carriers by the end of this year and could not hope to do so if they had a major redesign.
          5) Apple has never changed the design of the iPod Touch, so why the iPhone?
          6) Apple has not changed (substantially) the MacBook or the MacBook Air since they started their unibody design.
          7) Business customers would gain nothing by a redesign and have additional expense for things like bumpers. Consumers would also have extra expense for things like bumpers. Apple will eventually have a very low cost iPhone. If Apple keeps the current design, it will help them achieve that goal.
          9) Most iPhone users cover the design of the iPhone with bumpers/cases so there would not be very much to gain by redesigning the phone for most users.
          10) Small matter – new prototype phones would not have to be disguised.

          1. Apple has indeed changed the design of the iPod touch over four generations. Granted, many of the design changes have been subtle. But Apple does not limit itself to using the same external case over and over. The fact that the 4S uses the same case is both a tribute to its superior design and the fact that the upgrade focused on the internals, including a dynamic switching antenna.

            If Apple goes to a 4″ display on the iPhone 5 (and believe that is likely, along with a next generation 4G chipset that doesn’t eat batteries for breakfast), then you might very well see some tweaks to the external package. Until then, enjoy.

    1. (Now ask me if I’m cancelling my order…)

      Do you really think anyone else in the world gives a flying flip about your order?

      You must be the same type who tweets that he is on the potty as if that was breathless news to his friends.

      1. Actually, me on the potty would MOST CERTAINLY be breathless news (if they know what’s good for them!)

        No, I added the line for people that would miss the sarcasm in the first line (a common problem with people on this forum).

        Obviously, my attempts to avoid the misunderstanding of sarcasm was not IDIOT proof…

    2. Unfortunately there are some that don’t recognize that you are jesting.

      As such, your posting just becomes another notch in the belts of trolls who unfortunately don’t hang them around their necks.

  1. What the F does it matter? If you don’t see any problems running apps as they are advertised then what does it matter.

    Again, apples tells you what you want not what you want. Or if you like, Apple does not sell faster horses when you tell them that you need a faster horse, instead Apple skips over and tells you you want a HORSELESS buggy.

    1. +1

      I wonder how many have more RAM than they need oe use in their desktop or laptop, how many have cores they dont use, and how many have more graphics power than they need, and yet they spent their money for the higher spec’d machine. For what?

      I dont remember getting an “out of RAM” message on my iOS device.

  2. If specs are all you care about then I guess its a big letdown or dirty secret.

    I do not think its a big deal personally. If the device handles the load an does what you want then its all good!

    Hell my Xbox 360 only has 512 megs of RAM. When I fire up a new game that looks jaw dropping gorgeous I don’t think to myself “Man! What a waste! This thing could have been so much more with 1 Gigabyte in it!”

  3. pardon my ignorance, but what is this “RAM”? Where is it located, what is it used for, how does it differ from the 16, 32 & 64 GB RAM advertised when you choose to purchase one?

    an iPhone4 32GB owner

    1. @thegreatscot.

      RAM is Random Access Memory, basically memory that the device uses for on-the-fly operations. More RAM=More multitasking.

      The amount of memory advertised in the different iPhone 4S models are not RAM but basically HDDs (Hard-Drive space…where you store all your files). You do not store files in RAM, your system uses it to make your device faster.

      1. SSD – solid state devices, not hard drives.
        512 RAM is the memory used to run programs.
        16/32/64 GB is the size of the SSD drives that make up your storage space (programs, photos, music etc)

      2. “your system uses [RAM] to make your device faster”

        Not entirely accurate. If the device needs ram to swap with HDD as part of running a program, then maybe, yes, But I dont think iOS devices do that as a rule of thumb.

        They may swap chunks of data between HDD and RAM while switching between apps. but probably not while running an app.

        RAM is most commonly used to hold the data (ie a photo or music) and process it (do number crunching stuff or change the saturation of a photo). If the data file is bigger than the amount of RAM then there would be swapping to the HDD as part of normal operations, but I just dont see that as the norm on an iOS device. An 8MB photo may require 24MB of RAM to process but 24MB is small compared to 512MB available.

        Granted, video editing might be an issue but swapping to SSD (solid state drive)? How slow can that be? (HDD implies old style spinning mechanical slow clunkers).

        In the case of Siri I guess Apple knows 512MB is sufficient for a great experience.

        my 2 cents

    2. The 16, 32, 64 GB is memory used for storing your personal data such as music, Apps, photos, etc. It is much like the HARD DISC on a Desktop or Laptop.

      The 1GB RAM is the Memory used by the phone to RUN for apps. It is a system thing. Apple need to pay attention to this size more than the user does. Too small, and the user experience degrades. Too large, and it will go unused and adds no value to the user experience. I have not been disappointed with the experience on my iPhones. I trust Apple to spec this adequately to give a great user experience. If you start to get some apps that don’t run it may indicate the RAM is full or insufficient. I have never had this happen except when I have 20 apps running from days that I forgot to shut off. Close down those apps you don’t need anymore and “whalla” (sic) all is fixed!

      No one needs to run more than (pick a number) 8 – 10 apps at any one time…..and I am being generous. The iPhone can certainly run this many (on average) without requiring more than the RAM allocated by Apple. Most of the time you are only running 3 or 4 apps at the same time. If there is some odd-weird RAM hogging app that sucks up all the RAM you need to get another more efficient App to replace it.

      On the whole don’t worry about it!! Apple has you covered for a good experience without you having to fret over the size of RAM.

    3. Another way to look at the difference is this:
      RAM is high speed memory that directly aids the processor in its functions. Content in RAM is very short-lived and is volatile—data is stored only while power is available—power gone/data gone.
      Storage (16, 32, or 64GB) is accomplished with NAND, or flash memory, chips. They are not as fast as RAM (Random Access Memory) at reading and writing data, but they retain data without power applied—they are non-volatile. They do this using gates (toggles like a light switch). Power is used to flip the gate open or closed, and it stays that way until power is once again applied to flip the gate. The open/closed gates represent the 0/1 of binary data.

      In short, RAM holds your thoughts while you are solving a problem (memory), and flash memory (NAND) is where you write down stuff for future reference (storage).

  4. Android needs 1GB of RAM

    The reason many Android phones have 1GB of RAM is because they need it.

    Android is more RAM-constrained than iOS. The latter has a more efficient OS and far more optimised multi-tasking architecture.

    It’s the same with processor power. In fact I understand that Android still doesn’t implement hardware acceleration of even basic OS effects because of the wide variation in hardware from phone to phone even by the same manufacturer.
    (All text quoted from another mac page)

  5. Ok, so… if the iPhone 4S has been reported to be 2x as fast as the 4, and up to 7x faster with regards to graphics performance, can someone tell me why I would care in the slightest if the 4S has 512MB or 1GB?

    Specs do not automatically mean a better user experience. Who cares if some Android phone has 1GB of RAM (that will be consumed by some rogue app) and the 4S has 512MB? Not me…

  6. The windows dominated PC era started all this nonsense. Their bloated shitty software literally needed more and more powerful hardware to mask the inefficient code.

    Apple is far more subtle in their approach to make everything streamlined and efficient as a whole system- therefore accomplishing much more with less- and the best side effect of this elegant approach is the energy savings. This is how they get awesome battery life as well as fast processing and awesome graphics.

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