A new report from Asian site TechNews.tw claims information from the Apply supply chain points to the next generation iPad Air doubling up on RAM from 1GB to 2GB. The additional memory would benefit system performance, especially during multitasking, when more memory-intesive tasks like browsing multiple websites in Safari and using other apps requires more RAM to function smoothly.
While most of the parts and component leaks out of the supply chain have centered around the next generation iPhone, which is expected to debut at an Apple event next month, the new report that the next generation iPad Air will double its memory follows a Bloomberg report earlier this month that new iPads with an anti-reflective coating over the display have entered production. The report out of Taiwan goes on to claim the next generation iPad mini with Retina display will not receive the memory increase like its larger counterpart; the current generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, however, share the same internal specifications aside from the display size difference including 1GB of RAM each.
The larger and smaller iPads were differentiated by specs, though, when the iPad 4 and first generation iPad mini were the latest Apple tablets on the market, and it wouldn’t be surprising to pack more resources again into the larger, more expensive tablet to manage costs.
The additional memory could also be a system require to use the expected split-screen apps feature 9to5Mac originally reported earlier this year. You can see the feature in action here. From that report in May:
The feature is said to be designed with the 9.7-inch iPad display in mind, and it is unclear if the feature will work on the smaller-screened iPad mini. The feature is said to work exclusively in landscape mode.
The next generation iPad Air is expected to sport the same design as the model model, a more efficient and powerful A8 processor, and feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor introduced in 2013 with the iPhone 5s.
In addition to the next generation iPad Air RAM claim, the same Taiwanese report says the rumored iWatch/iBand will sport 512MB of RAM and feature 8GB of local storage, although much less information was included in this area. While Re/code reported earlier this year that Apple is expected to introduce its wearable product in October, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a new report yesterday that claims supply issues could push back the roll out into next year.