updated 01:10 pm EDT, Mon October 10, 2011
Apple still cagey on some 4S specs
The iPhone 4S still has just 512MB of RAM like the iPhone 4, multiple sources are claiming. Donald Mustard, the creative director for Infinity Blade developer Chair, casually mentioned the fact in a recent interview while discussing the 4S' potential for games. Today, however, AppVV -- home to an early hands-on with the 4S -- insists that the hardware is indeed limited to 512MB.
If true the claims raise some important issues. They would mean for instance that the iPhone is now lagging behind some high-end Android smartphones, which have already progressed to the 1GB threshold. There would also be no reason to limit the Siri voice command system to the 4S, since the iPad 2 is similarly equipped with 512MB of RAM and an A5 processor.
Apple has not announced whether Siri will ever migrate to earlier devices. It is so far being treated as a 4S exclusive, presumably to boost sales. Analysts have otherwise described the 4S as a "modest" upgrade, an incremental improvement over the iPhone 4 versus the leap that model made over the 3GS.