The iPad 2 made some serious waves yesterday during and after Apple unveiled it, and the occasion was even more momentous because it was presented by Steve Jobs. Many believed that Jobs was too ill to take the stage, but he introduced the new iPad with the typical gusto and charm to which we’ve grown accustomed. It has front and rear facing cameras, it’s thinner and lighter and it sports Apple’s new A5 dual-core processor. But what about the RAM?
Rumor is that it’s at a paltry 512MB of RAM, and I only say that because we see tablets like the Xoom and PlayBook rocking 1GB of RAM. The real question, though, is whether the iPad 2 needs more than its 512MB. I say no, it doesn’t. iOS isn’t a heavy system resource hog, and so 512MB, which is double its predecessor, will be far more than you’ll probably ever need on a device like the iPad.
At this point, these specs are probably the least of our concerns. Apple has proven that it doesn’t need ridiculous amounts of horsepower to deliver a fast and efficient tablet. I’ve yet to use an Android tablet that delivers the same smoothness and consistency that iOS does, so clearly the added RAM is just a bonus here.