Apple is notorious for not divulging all the hardware specs that manufacturers usually tout, so we won’t actually know the real specs until the new iPad is torn down by the likes of iFixit or other tech sites. However, it is rumored that the new finally has 1 GB of RAM. Previous iPads have made due with 256 MB (original iPad), and 512 MB ( ).
There was a rumor before the iPad announcement yesterday from one of the developers in the iOS jailbreaking community that claimed the new iPad has 1 GB of RAM. But yesterday (other?) sources reportedly told The Verge the same thing.
I also noticed in another article that The Verge posted interviewing a few game developers about the new iPad, one of them mentioned that besides the quad-core graphics processor on the A5X,
“But they increased the memory as well and that made a huge difference. One: we all have to share the memory with all the other apps that are running. And two: it really let us put in higher resolution textures, which aren’t much harder to draw. We don’t need a processor for that. But they take up a ton of space.Infinity Blade 2 takes up like 700 megs or something like that, it’s a big game. And now, to draw something with four times resolution, you need it even more. Having more memory has been a real win for us.”
It’s not exactly conclusive proof that the RAM on the new iPad is really 1 GB, but it at least sounds like a possibility. We’ll have to wait for those iPad teardowns to be absolutely sure.