Is Apple joining the spec war?
Apple has been receiving some stick from the smartphone community (non-Apple fans of course) on how their devices tend to be behind its rivals in terms of specifications and performance. It appears that Apple has heard these complaints and are putting in effort to up their specs, at least in the RAM department.
Sources from Taiwan have claimed that Apple is planning to double the RAM of their upcoming devices in 2015. By this estimation, the iPhone would have at least 2GB of RAM while the iPad would have at least 4GB of RAM. Now for those of you who are intimately familiar with Apple devices and iOS, these devices tend to run rather smoothly even with the low amount of RAM. While it may be unnecessary for general performance, more RAM will allow for smoother multi-tasking. Given the market trend of moving towards higher performing devices, Apple is essentially forced into a move like this. They are also rumoured to have made efforts to develop a high performance tablet for next year, dubbed the iPad Pro with one of the key features being side-by-side multi-tasking.
Even with these efforts, Apple are still behind the current market standards, with high-end Android smartphones alone packing 3GB of RAM already. Given that Android itself requires more RAM to run while iOS does not, you can understand Apple’s reluctance to match those devices in terms of specs. However, with the market demanding higher performing devices, Apple will have to follow suit eventually or get left in the dust.