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Apple Reveals iPhone 4 RAM Doubles iPad & Updates MobileMe

Gordon Kelly


Apple Reveals iPhone 4 RAM Doubles iPad & Updates MobileMe

iPad owners have been getting a tough time of things from non-believers (in the left corner Hugo, in the right corner Me) and things look set to get worse...

On top of 'big iPod touch' accusations and the bizarre news Apple is delaying iOS 4 updates until "the Fall" we now learn the iPhone 4 packs twice the amount of RAM as its larger, slippery counterpart.

A transcript of Session 147 at WWDC 2010 ("Advanced Performance Optimization on iPhone OS, pt 2" - to be precise) has been put online and in it MacRumours has spotted Apple reveals the new handset will have 512MB RAM - double that of the iPhone 3GS and 4x that of the original iPhone. The iPad is restricted to 256MB. The impact: the iPhone 4 is more suitable for multi-tasking and the likes of the much hyped iMovie video editing app will only be available on the iPhone 4 at launch, not the 3GS or iPad.

Hide those sniggers.

In related news Engadget pointsout Apple has quietly updated MobileMe, refreshing its UI, introducing a new applications switcher and upgrading Mail with widescreen and compact views, simplified archiving and SSL support. These were features introduced in a beta last month, so all four of you still using MobileMe should be thrilled. Personally I'd go for NuevaSync or Google Sync, preferably the former.

Lastly we now have Orange, O2 and Vodafone official iPhone pricing. I'm not going to dig through each one since the similarity to current iPhone 3GS pricing is depressingly familiar. Sweet spots are between £35 and £45pm on 18 month contracts across all three with the main differentiator being Vodafone's decision to offer customers 1GB of monthly 3G data, as opposed to the miserly 500MB on O2 (you'll pay through the nose to get to 1GB) and the slightly better 750MB on Orange. That said, the official pricing is poor compared to the packages Vodafone leaked on its site a few days ago.

I repeat: unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple, Vodafone pre-pay sim (£25pm, 900 minutes, 1GB data, 30 day rolling contract), a Sure Signal femtocell box and job done.





June 18, 2010, 5:40 pm

I've got to admit, as great as Safari on the iPad is it's damned annoying seeing a refresh every time I switch tabs. Makes data entry between two pages very difficult. Would be nice if the iPhone 4 fixes that.

meeto 0

June 18, 2010, 5:44 pm

Does anyone know if you can use a t9 touch pad instead of qwerty on the Iphone. I dont want protests that apple has the best qwerty touch screen. For me I love having the alphabet spread across 8 large buttons (touch or real) Its always going to be faster for me.


June 18, 2010, 5:44 pm

I understand where you are coming from with the sim only idea.

However my only question is are they micro sim cards?

Vodafone have been doing sim only iphone plans for a while so I assumed they aren't?

I mean I know you can just buy a sim card chopper from ebay or have a go at sim card DIY but it wouldn't suprise me if a network tried to screw people for iphone micro sims?


June 18, 2010, 5:51 pm

@meeto_0 not a chance. It's Qwerty all the way, I think Steve Jobs would have a fit if you mentioned t9 within a mile of him. <br />

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@dave - as you say micro sims are just smaller cut sim cards. So depending on your bravery you can actually take a pair of scissors to one! For those not in the know there are many guides online and you can even buy cutters which do this automatically for next to nothing.

Obviously it would be nice if networks do widely offer micro sims, but it isn't vital.


June 18, 2010, 6:04 pm

I'm sure that getting a Micro SIM will be easy.

I too have decided to go the Apple purchase route but will be buying my Micro SIM from O2 when they launch them. O2 actually hinted they might be shipping these directly to O2 customers who had registered AHEAD of the 24th in preparation for upgrades.

I like the SureSignal idea but I don't need one as O2 works practically everywhere I go including my home and all my friends / family. Also with O2 I can get everything I want (inc Visual Voicemail) for £20 a month.

The 500Mb a month limit will not be an issue for me as long as though I remember to download applications when I'm hooked up to a WLAN.


June 18, 2010, 6:05 pm

Gordon, if you are willing to sign up for that Vodafone deal as a 365 day contract instead of 30 you get £120 cash-back using Quidco (for £25/month sim-only)


June 18, 2010, 6:13 pm

ROFL, an iPhone multi-tasking properly; that'll be the day.


June 18, 2010, 6:22 pm

@Oli: Haha, spread the word! I just mentioned to Gordon in the comments of the other iPhone article that he should include the Quidco Cashback details in his tip. The SureSignal is £120 on Sim Only so the Cashback can pay for that!


June 18, 2010, 6:28 pm

Although I think that 512MB should be the least that iPhone owners should expect having been help to ransom by Apple I have to say that from what I've seen of the iPad and 3GS, iOS seems to fly with less RAM. Of course that's with no multi-tasking so maybe it is needed to keep the experience smooth.

Expensive as the iPhone is I can see why people pony up but someone please give me one reason to pay for Mobile Me?


June 18, 2010, 6:48 pm

@ravmania: Locate and Remote Wipe? Small features, but lifesavers for some people.

Have you ever used WaveSecure on your Desire or Hero? Nice piece of software.


June 18, 2010, 7:25 pm

"unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple, Vodafone pre-pay sim (£25pm, 900 minutes, 1GB data, 30 day rolling contract)"

A grand over 18 months = money/sense equilibration error.

Hans Gruber

June 18, 2010, 8:53 pm

@Gordon - I'm still confused as to why you feel a rolling 30 day... oh, I see. If you go with Quidco for 12 months you can get £120 off bringing the overall cost of iPhone 4 (499) and 18 x 25 (450) to £829#, thus saving yourself £30 over the standard £45/pcm 18 month contract^ (with quidco discount of £40), which works out at £859 for the duration of the contract. So *if* all things are equal and you've got the money it might make sense to get an unlocked iPhone 4 at Apple.

Calculations used:

# 30 day sim for 12 months minimum contract with Quidco £120 discount = 18 x 25 (450) + cost of unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple (499) minus £120 from Quidco (949 - 120) = £829

^ Standard Vodafone 18 month contract at £45/pcm with £89 handset payment minus Quidco discount of £40 (iPhone monthly contract above £35 tariffs) = 18 x 45 (810) + 89 = £899 less the £40, which brings you to £859.

Genius! <cough>


June 18, 2010, 9:05 pm

@red: plus you have the benefit of not being locked in to a contract for 18/24 months which some people are willing to pay extra for. Those wanting the iPhone 4 now (at launch) are likely to want the iPhone 5/6/7... at launch too.

Hans Gruber

June 18, 2010, 9:39 pm

@gonzorv - yes, you're right. For those wishing to upgrade their iPhone handset on an annual or near-annual? cycle it certainly makes sense to go for a rolling one month contract, even in the case of doing the 12 month contract (quidco discount) deal.

I've not got a contract or iPhone and am a little uneasy with Android and how long it takes for the mobile network operators to release updates (officially my Pulse is still on 1.5 but I've rooted the phone and put a custom 2.1 rom on). It's a pain in the ass waiting so long for improved functionality (with Android OS upgrades) with no end in sight of waiting.

The iPhone 4 looks to have extremely good hardware so I'm interested in taking a punt, even if the phone does look a little bit odd proportion-wise. I like the glass back and front and general squared edge shape, it's just some weird effect the overall length has and those edges to the screen bezel.

Shame Vodafone have added an extra £50 here and there to the initial outlay costs for the phone, it would've been nice if they'd matched their earlier leaked (official?) pricing. I just want something new to play with (in a sense), Android is getting a bit boring now (well, it's highly annoying when your phone is rebooting and crashing a lot of the time). Gor blimey, I almost forgot. A certain football game will be kicking off soon! Wouldn't want to miss that, even if the opponents are the worst performing team in the tournament so far.


June 19, 2010, 3:20 am

Dear Lord can you stop with the never ending Apple updates!!!! If I wanted this much Apple news I'd go on one of their fan sites. It's been said before if I don't like it then don't read it but I just think with every article you write about every Apple blip thats another story of something else that I could be reading. I'm going rapidly off this site..


June 19, 2010, 2:17 pm

@joose. Like it or not this is a "Gadget" site and the iPhone4 is the most widely anticipated one of the year.

I notice that O2 have stated they are NOT going to take orders for the phone online until at least August and that they will be in short supply in the shops. They are also limiting (not really that much) the device to O2 customers for a while.

All of a sudden ordering one from Apple looks even more like genius.

Geoff Richards

June 19, 2010, 2:57 pm

@AJ - you better get your skates on. Apple Store is now quoting 14th July...


June 20, 2010, 8:40 pm

@joose - current 5 of 38 front page articles are on Apple. Of those 4 are on the iPhone 4. I doubt you'll find a lower ratio on any tech site on the web. Deal with it.


June 21, 2010, 11:56 am

Just a fyi for the O2 cutomers. If you're buying the phone elsewhere but wish to move your O2 contract over to a microSIM, just take your iPhone 4 order confirmation into an O2 store any time from today. They'll give you a microSIM (make sure it isn't the iPad one!) and you can activate it onilne to transfer over your account details. You can still use it in your existing phone whilst you wait.


June 21, 2010, 12:04 pm

Clearly this means that next year they can release the iPad 2-Super "Now with twice as much RAM as crappy iPad, upgrade now!", because it surely wouldn't have been hard to squeeze 512MB in the iPad?

incidentally (as a 3GS owner but non-Jobs fan) I found this comic quite amusing :-)



June 21, 2010, 12:44 pm

@Geoff. I ordered mine from Apple long ago ;-)


June 21, 2010, 12:56 pm

@Gordon - With respect the figures you&#8217re giving are a little misleading regarding the amount of Apple news recently. Within the last month (since May 19th) there have been 24 separate stories, articles or reviews linked to Apple.

While I don't disagree that you may have a 'lower ratio' of Apple news compared to other tech sites I still believe it&#8217s a higher percentage than it should be. It impacts on the news stories of other events that I would say are newsworthy than what the latest tariff of the iphone will be.. At least save that news until you know the tariffs for all networks rather than drip it out into several stories.

I don&#8217t believe people come to Trusted Reviews for continuous (minor in my opinion) updates. That&#8217s Engadget and Gizmondo market. I come here for refined news, thought out articles and yes, reviews I can trust.

Just reading through what I&#8217ve said here I want it to be clear that I&#8217m not being sarcastic et al just voicing an opinion. I promise not to mention it again ;)

Ps, my first comment above might have been slightly influenced by beer.. lol


June 21, 2010, 3:32 pm

@joose: At least save that news until you know the tariffs for all networks rather than drip it out into several stories.

Yes, and then you'll get all the -> "Call that news TR, O2 pricing was published weeks ago." :) As you can see, it's impossible to please everybody, like it or not the Iphone4 is big news, same as the IPad, asking TR to not report on them is not going to happen. Maybe TR could implement an I-Filter, for those who struggle with Apple envy.


June 21, 2010, 5:38 pm

I agree with Keith. I don't read tons of websites, or Engaget very much. I just come here and all the important stuff is generally in one place. The iPhone (as I said before) is potentially the most important gadget of the year and I'm very grateful for TR covering the events before the launch as well as they do.

Btw - I went to the O2 shop this morning and got my Micro SIM. Was very quick, easy and they knew exactly that they were doing. No odd looks. All very professional.

I wish buying a 40/42" TV was as easy as choosing which phone to buy - lol.

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