Tag Archive for ‘RAM’

The Future of Mac Upgradability ➝

Rui Carmo, on his iMac purchase:

Furthermore, given what they did to the iMac Pro (which foregoes even the RAM slot this iMac still has), I suspect that upcoming consumer iMacs will also not be user-upgradable by default, so I figured this was a great opportunity to buy a Mac that would allow me to upgrade something a few years from now. And I’ll take upgrading the RAM if that’s my only option, thank you.

I will probably be buying an iMac sometime this year and the ability to upgrade down the line is a major selling point for me. But my first instinct when buying an Apple product is to wait until a new model ships.

This is normally a smart move — wait a few more months and get a superior machine for the same price. But I don’t want to wait for a new model only to find out that Apple removed the RAM upgrade door in the next generation iMac. Then I’ll be stuck scrambling to find a previous-generation machine in the configuration I wanted or having to pay Apple’s exorbitant prices to upgrade the machine’s RAM.

The Mac mini’s Lack of Upgradability ➝

Stephen Hackett:

In late 2014 Apple revved the Mac mini, removing the quad-core SKU and making the RAM soldered to the logic board.

W. T. F.

I’d understand this if the company had changed the machine’s enclosure, but the easy-access door remains in place.

I might be upgrading my mid-2011 Mac mini’s hard drive and RAM in the near future. The machine is primarily used as a home server, hosting media that can be streamed to any of the Apple TVs in the house. But I’m interested in a faster hard drive — probably going SSD — and more RAM because I often find myself logging into the mini from my iPad to perform tasks that are a bit easier on the Mac.

It’s a shame that new Mac mini buyers aren’t able to do the same — purchase an inexpensive configuration with the intention of upgrading in the future. Luckily the hard drive is still user-replaceable, but the RAM should be as well. I don’t see any good reason for Apple to have made this change and I hope to see it corrected in the next revision.

The Benefit of 2GB of RAM in iPhone 6s ➝

Adding more RAM to iOS devices looks like the easiest way for Apple to yield incredible performance increases. The iPad Air 2 was the first device to really prove this and the iPhone 6s further solidifies just how immense the improvement can be.

How Can iPhone’s 1GB of RAM Compete with Over 2GB of RAM in Android Phones? ➝

Glyn Williams answering on Quora:

you need four or eight times more memory, than you are actually using to be super efficient. But when the memory becomes constrained, that performance goes way down. This is why Android devices have all that RAM. iOS does not use this style of garbage collection and does not slow down in constrained memory environments. So 1GB for iOS results in more performance than 3GB for Android.

I knew that garbage collection was the reason for Android’s insatiable appetite for RAM, but I didn’t realize it was this bad. I suppose this is just another example of why you shouldn’t get too hung up on hardware specs, as they don’t tell the whole story.

(Via Cult of Mac.)

iPad vs iPad 2: RAM performance in Mobile Safari ➝

This is the only video I’ve seen that really makes me want to buy an iPad 2. Out of all the features and enhancements that Apple brought with the iPad 2, increasing the RAM was by far the most important to me.

I often write on my iPad and would love to use WordPress’ PressThis bookmarklet to do all of my writing, just like I do on my iMac. But, with the iPad’s tendency to reload webpages it’s nearly impossible. The few times I write like this I’m doing so in fear that the page I’m writing in will be cleared from memory and will have to reload.

I have found a simple way to work around that, though. I now write exclusively in Simplenote and use iOS 4.3’s new multitouch gestures to jump between Simplenote and Safari. This gives me peace of mind knowing that what I’m writing won’t be lost with the benefit that the 4-finger swipe to jump back and forth is actually much faster than switching pages in Safari. After I’m done writing I just copy and paste the text into WordPress’ “Add New Post” page, add my tags, categories, and custom fields, then hit publish.