Apple has generally stayed out of the spec wars that drive companies like Samsung and LG to pack better hardware into new smartphones each year. However, it looks like Cupertino may finally catch up to its competition next year in at least one department.
A new report out of Taiwan claims Apple is planning to double the RAM for next year's iPhones and iPads. That would mean 2GB of RAM in new smartphones and 4GB of RAM in new tablets. While Apple's devices generally run pretty smooth more RAM could mean improved multi-tasking, especially in Safari where opening too many tabs at once often causes them to reload.
Putting 2GB of RAM into the next iPhone still won't bring it completely up to speed – at least spec-by-spec, with the latest Android handsets, which often pack 3GB of RAM. However, it should be enough to offer a significant speed boost for Apple fans. It could also allow the company to introduce new features that require more memory.
Of course, this is just a rumor for now, but we may not have to wait too much longer to find out the truth. Apple is expected to unveil a rumored 12-inch iPad Pro early next year, which seems like a prime candidate for a boost in RAM. That extra memory could allow the device to run two apps side-by-side, which is likely to be a key feature for the upcoming device. Hopefully, Apple also plans to increase the RAM in the rest of its iOS lineup, but we may not know for sure until late next year when the new iPhone and iPad lineup is officially announced.