There is a minimum $400 price difference between the 8GB and 16GB RAM options for Apple Silicone iPad Pros. Does a tablet really need that much RAM, and if so, what are they? There’s enough to fill an entire list, so there!
Future-Ready and Professional Apps
The frequency of upgrades for Apple’s iPads is far less than that of other tablets or smartphones in general. There isn’t much of a reason to upgrade to the newest iPad unless yours is broken because the iPad Pro easily outperforms the competition in terms of performance. Nearly five years later, the 2018 iPad Pro is still in great working order, and there are undoubtedly users of even older models.
The M1 and M2 CPUs found in Apple’s most recent iPad Pro models were created for the company’s Mac desktops. In other words, they must be capable of performing desktop-class tasks like running multiple programs simultaneously, editing films, creating graphics, and performing other tasks that are traditionally performed on Macs.
Therefore, adding an M1 or M2 to an iPad feels like overkill for a device that, when viewed as a tablet, is already overkill. The iPad Pro, though, might not just be a tablet any longer; perhaps we should view it more similarly to how we view Macs.
A 16GB MacBook is typically preferred over an 8GB model if you intend to use it with memory-intensive programs. It is evident from “pro” apps like DaVinci Resolve on iPadOS that the same advantages of 16GB of RAM on an M2 MacBook will also apply to the corresponding iPad.
Even with less RAM than comparable Android devices, Apple’s iPhones and iPads have consistently been top performance. This is somewhat attributable to the way Android handles memory, but it also benefits from Apple’s quick, high-bandwidth SSD. This is also the reason why an 8GB MacBook Air (basic model M1 or M2) can run programs that would have crashed a 16GB Intel MacBook.
Everything maintains running smoothly by swiftly transferring data between the RAM and SSD. The SSD will, however, amass disk writes as a result, which will cause the drive to degrade more quickly.
Only the 1TB and 2TB Apple Silicone iPad versions feature 16GB of RAM, which slightly offsets this, but it’s important to keep in mind that the busier the SSD gets, the less space there is to distribute wear from RAM being replaced with SSD storage. With a 16GB iPad, you might reduce the amount of times the SSD is written to and possibly increase its lifespan.
The CPUs and GPUs in Apple Silicon chips compete with entry-level Xbox Series S consoles and midrange gaming PCs. Additionally, Apple has released MetalFX, a new component of their Metal gaming API that gives iOS, iPadOS, and macOS games AI-powered upscaling similar to NVIDIA’s DLSS.
Amazing console-quality games and console ports have already been available on previous iPad Pro models, but with this next hardware generation, we should expect to see some absolutely outstanding titles. For instance, the iPad game No Man’s Sky uses MetalFX upscaling and will push an M1 or M2 iPad to showcase its capability.
This enables more complicated games and big, rich textures thanks to the 16GB of unified memory. More texture memory won’t hurt if you want to enlarge your iPadOS games to the size of a TV because Apple’s iPad is also gaining full external display compatibility.
Since Apple added genuine split-screen multitasking to the iPad, it has gained popularity as a laptop substitute. preferably for novice users. Since then, the number of multitasking options has rapidly increased, and with the release of Stage Manager and real multi-screen multitasking, iPads are no longer lagging behind MacBooks in this regard.
Apple most certainly anticipated that customers would have numerous apps open and running at once when it drastically boosted RAM allotment for the M1 and M2 iPads. More RAM is a good idea if you want to run the memory-intensive software while having your browser, Twitter client, Spotify player, or email client open at the same time. It’s one thing if these apps are all relatively memory-light.
Are You a “Pro”?
The 16GB models of the M2 iPad Pro can probably be skipped if you want to use it similarly to your previous model. You probably won’t notice the difference unless you try certain future games, really ambitious video editing, or other professional work on your tablet.