Apps Reportedly Limited to Optimum of 5GB RAM in iPadOS, Even With 16GB M1 iPad Pro

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Despite Apple supplying the M1 iPad Pro in configurations with 8GB and 16GB of RAM, developers are now indicating that software are limited to only 5GB of RAM usage, whatever the configuration the app is running on.

The ‌M1‌ ‌iPad Pro‌ comes in two memory configurations; the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB products characteristic 8GB of RAM, as the 1TB and 2TB variants give 16GB of memory, the highest ever within an iPad. Despite having the unprecedented sum of RAM on the iPad, programmers happen to be reportedly severely limited in the amount they can actually use.

Posted by the developer behind the graphic and style app Artstudio Pro in the Procreate Forum, programs can only apply 5GB of RAM on the brand new ‌M1‌ ‌iPad‌ Advantages. According to the developer, attempting to use anymore may cause the application to crash.


There is a big problem with ‌M1‌ ‌iPad Pro‌. After making pressure ensure that you other tests on new ‌M1‌ ‌iPad Pro‌ with 16GB or RAM, it proved that app can use ONLY 5GB or RAM! If we allocate extra, app crashes. It is merely 0.5GB more that in out of date iPads with 6GB of RAM! I suppose it is not better on ‌iPad‌ with 8GB.

Following the launch of its M1-optimized app, Procreate also observed in Twitter that with either 8GB or 16GB of readily available RAM, the software is limited simply by the amount of RAM it could use.

The previous maximum RAM within an ‌iPad‌ was previous year's ‌iPad Pro‌ which featured 6GB of RAM, irrespective of storage configuration. Given, a 5GB limit on applications imposed by iPadOS wouldn't necessarily band any alarm bells as builders could have access to the majority of the available storage. Although, with the ‌M1‌ ‌iPad Pro‌, coders cannot tap the entire potential of the obtainable hardware.

The added RAM, especially in the higher-end 1TB and 2TB models, will still benefit the user by allowing them to keep more apps open in the backdrop. iPadOS itself can gain access to the ‌M1‌'s entire pool of unified recollection, while software can reportedly only gain access to 5GB of it.

‌iPad‌ users have very long voiced the mantra that iPadOS doesn't take total advantage of the available hardware and probable of the ‌iPad Pro‌, and today because of the ‌M1‌ chip inside of the ‌iPad Pro‌, that's certainly more of a circumstance.

Apple will hold its Worldwide Developers Meeting on June 7, where it's likely to announce iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, tvOS 15, and iPadOS 15. Bloomberg possesses reported that iPadOS 15 will include the largest redesign to the iPad homescreen because the iPad first launched, including the capability for users to put widgets anywhere on the grid.

We've contacted Apple for clarification about the volume of RAM apps can access and can update this post if we hear back.

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