Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:44 UTC
Intel An interesting article at Ars Technica takes a look at some compelling data (the longer-than-normal processor update cycles in Apple's personal computer lineup) and speculates that Apple's enthusiasm for its partnership with Intel might be cooling. Like Apple's soured relationship with once-BFF Google, this may be the result of Intel's increasing activities in the mobile computing space.
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jgagnon
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2008-06-24

With the ever increasing media needs and uses of phones these days, the 4GB "barrier" will be hit in short order on mobile devices. Don't kid yourself, we are at most two years out from that limit on smart phones. Higher MP cameras and HD video will need more memory, if for nothing else than to buffer frames.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Don't kid yourself, we are at most two years out from that limit on smart phones. Higher MP cameras and HD video will need more memory, if for nothing else than to buffer frames.


So you are expecting phones to have 4gb of ram in the near future? I don't see that happening.

E.g. iPad has only 256MB ram, iPhone4 512MB. If plentiful ram was easy & cheap for these devices (as it is for PCs), they would have 1 gig by now.

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jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

It is increasingly easy for them to include more RAM (and physically, you can now fit 4 GB of ram in the same space that you can fit 512MB, just not for the same price). Also consider the mobile space is expanding at a far, far greater pace than PC's are right now. I fully expect dual-core phones within a couple years as well. Call me crazy, but that's my prediction.

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organgtool Member since:
2010-02-25

The new Samsung Galaxy S has 2GB RAM. While I do not own one, it was a joy to use during a demo. It felt very fast while multitasking because backgrounded apps that would have been swapped out of memory on lesser phones reloaded quicker since their contents were still in memory. As other posters have mentioned, video apps that support 720p will likely take large chunks of memory. With the current progression of smartphones, I would have to agree with jgagnon and I would be surprised if we didn't see smartphones with 4GB within the next two years.

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