Notebookcheck
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

Fancy the 2021 M1 iPad Pro with 8 GB or 16 GB RAM? Current iPadOS limits potential by allowing just 5 GB memory for third-party apps

iPadOS Apps currently cannot make good use of the Apple M1-powered iPad Pros' memory. (Image Source: Apple)
iPadOS Apps currently cannot make good use of the Apple M1-powered iPad Pros' memory. (Image Source: Apple)
Developers apparently cannot leverage the full capabilities of the 2021 Apple iPad Pro models powered by the M1 SoC. The new iPads come in 8 GB and 16 GB RAM options, but developers can leverage a maximum of only up to 5 GB limiting the potential of their apps even though the iPadOS itself can access the entire unified memory. It is possible that the upcoming iPadOS 15 may overcome this limitation.
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

The new M1-based 2021 Apple iPad Pro is no doubt a performance powerhouse. Aside from the M1 chip, the new iPad Pro also features 16 GB of onboard memory for the 1 TB and 2 TB storage models. However, not all of that RAM is available for apps as evidenced by a post by developer Lucky Clan, developer of the popular ArtStudio Pro app for the iPad.

According to Lucky Clan on the Procreate Folio forum, the 2021 iPad Pro with M1 allows developers to use only up to 5.1 GB of RAM for their apps. Allocating more than 5.1 GB results in the app crashing. This occurs on both the 8 GB and 16 GB iPad Pro 2021 models. 

Hi, Artstudio Pro developer here.

There is a big problem with M1 iPad Pro. After making stress test and other tests on new M1 iPad Pro with 16GB or RAM, it turned out that app can use ONLY 5GB or RAM! If we allocate more, app crashes. It is only 0.5GB more that in old iPads with 6GB of RAM! I suppose it isn't better on iPad with 8GB. [sic]"

Developers of the iPad sketching app Procreate also indicated to a query on Twitter that "all M1 iPads have the same amount of RAM available..."

Last year's iPad Pro featured a maximum of 6 GB RAM with a maximum of 4.5 GB available for third-party apps, so apps aren't exactly constrained by the current 5 GB usage limit. iPadOS, though, can use all the memory to keep more apps running the background for a fluid user experience. However, the RAM limit does impede developers from taking full advantage of the 2021 iPad Pro; like limitations to the number of layers that can be used in photo editing, for example.

Initial reviews of the M1 iPad Pro indicated that the current iteration of iPadOS is a bottleneck in fully utilizing the M1's capabilities. That may change next month at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) where the company is expected to unveil iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and tvOS 15. Hopefully, iPadOS 15 can blur the line between the M1 Mac and the iPad Pro from a software standpoint. 

Buy the 2021 11-inch Apple iPad Pro with M1 on Amazon

Read all 4 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1358 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
contact me via: @Geeky_Vaidy
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2021 05 > Fancy the 2021 M1 iPad Pro with 8 GB or 16 GB RAM? Current iPadOS limits potential by allowing just 5 GB memory for third-party apps
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2021-05-29 (Update: 2021-05-29)