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New iPad Air gets more memory as iPhone launch date nears

New iPad Air gets more memory as iPhone launch date nears
New iPad Air gets more memory as iPhone launch date nears
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The new iPad Air, second generation, may get double the current iPad Air memory according to an August 20 report in Taiwan's TechNews. The upcoming iPad Air 2 is a good candidate for 2GB of RAM because the new iOS 8 permits two apps simultaneously open, side-by-side, for a whole new kind of multitasking. The current iPad Air boasts 1GB RAM.

While Apple has not yet announced a date for the iPad Air 2 launch this fall, all indications are that the new iPhone 6 will have a September 9 introduction with sales probably commencing one week later. The new iPhone 6 will be thinner, lighter and larger. Almost all reports indicate that the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes—one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a 5.5-inch screen (measured diagonally).

Besides larger sizes, the iPhone 6 will sport a higher resolution while preserving the same aspect ratio so that the screen may display as much as two additional rows and one additional column, according to an analysis by 9to5Mac. The resolution will be a tad less than a new Samsung Galaxy phone, but this new iPhone resolution extends battery life.

Other iPhone 6 improvements will include a new A8 processor to succeed the current A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, a successor to the M7 motion coprocessor, a higher-quality camera (although not necessarily more megapixels) all encased in a different form factor that is lighter and thinner. The iPhone 6 is not an intermediary upgrade like the iPhone “s” versions (iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s) but rather a major upgrade, like the iPhone 5 was a major upgrade from the iPhone 4.

Both the new iPad Air 2 and the upcoming iPhone 6 will run iOS 8, Apple's new mobile operating system. Besides upgrades to "Siri" and "Maps," for example, iOS 8 will feature “Health," a new app that will harvest body metrics like blood pressure and track diet and exercise.