Taiwan’s TechNews reports that Apple’s second-generation iPad Air could get a memory bump up to 2GB. That’s not an enormous jump over the 1GB in the current Air, but it’ll certainly be a noticeable bump for an already perfectly smooth and fast tablet. Unfortunately, the increase could be exclusive to the Air, as the upcoming iPad mini with Retina could continue to offer just 1GB of RAM.
The increase in RAM might be necessary for Apple’s rumored split-screen multitasking feature, which we thought Apple’s was going to announce back at its WWDC. The feature will essentially work like Samsung’s multi-window, allowing users to run two different apps at the same time. It’s unclear if the multitasking feature will be available on all iPad devices, or if Apple will make it exclusive to the Air 2.
There are a lot of great tablets on the market right now, so Apple will need to do everything it can to stave off the competition. Doubling the RAM is a good start, though we’ll have to see how Apple utilizes the spec increase when these devices are available later this fall. We’re not expecting the first version of iOS 8 to include the split-screen feature, though we could see it in iOS 8.1, which could coincide with the iPad Air 2’s release (maybe in October).
In addition to this little tidbit about RAM, TechNews also claims the iWatch, which might not hit until sometime next year, will sport 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. MacRumors notes that TechNews doesn’t have the most outstanding record when it comes to Apple intel, though the site did accurately predict the iPhone 5s’ sapphire Touch ID home button.
Not much is currently known about the next iPad Air, though it does seem like a lock to receive Apple’s Touch ID technology. We’ve already heard about the device being more powerful, which is expected, but it could also get a slight redesign, though obviously things still aren’t confirmed at this point.