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Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 06:20 pm PT (09:20 pm ET)

Apple to reportedly double 'iPad 3' RAM to 1GB

A new report claims that leaked debug photos purportedly from Apple's third-generation iPad show that the device will sport 1GB of RAM, double the amount of its predecessor.

On the heels of recent reports that Apple will increase the RAM in its upcoming iPad model, a hacker and iPhone jailbreaker known as "Chronic" offered up a specific number: 1GB.

Leaked debug photos allegedly of Apple's next iPad that surfaced last month showed a line of code that read "vm_page_bootstrap: 244276 free pages and 8396 wired pages." By multiplying the number of free pages by the size of a page (4,096 bytes), the developer deduced that the device will have 1GB of RAM.

Apple's second-generation iPad, released last March, carried 512MB of RAM, the same amount as the iPhone 4.

"Chronic" also reported earlier on Tuesday that the golden master build of iOS 5.1 has passed Apple's internal quality assurance testing and is set to arrive soon with the addition of two secret features.

iPad 3 leaked photo


Speculation surrounding the next-generation iPad has surged in the run-up to Apple's media event, scheduled to take place on Wednesday. The so-called "iPad 3" will likely boast a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display, a faster processor and 4G LTE. There has been some disagreement, however, on whether the new processor will be a quad-core A6 chip or an A5X dual-core chip. Recent reports have pointed to the A5X dual-core option as most likely.

A pair of reports have also claimed that Apple will set aside its current numbering system and call the new device the "iPad HD."