updated 11:20 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2012
iPad hits new RAM peak but out of Sprint
More details have emerged surrounding the hardware of the 2012 iPad update. Possibly confirming rumors, a new tip has pointed to the new iPad carrying 1GB of RAM. While The Verge couldn't provide separate evidence, it corroborated pre-launch clues.
The tip would be supported by pure logistics. At 2048x1536, the iPad both needs a larger frame buffer for the screen as well as more space for high-resolution art assets. It's not known if the new quad-core graphics have their own dedicated video memory or share from the system RAM.
More substantively, Sprint has confirmed that it's currently out of the chain for cellular-aware iPads. Representative Mark Elliot briefed FierceWireless that it had "nothing to announce at this time."
The lack of a Sprint deal is more likely to come out of technical necessity than a policy choice. AT&T and Verizon both use the 700MHz band, and AT&T also uses 2,100MHz, but Sprint is expected to use its existing 800MHz band and soon 1,900MHz for its own LTE network. Modern LTE chipsets are limited in the number of frequencies they can support, making it difficult for Apple to produce a third model that would only support one carrier.