Specs certainly aren’t everything, but Apple fans should still be relieved to know that the next-generation iPad Air will feature a memory boost up from the 1GB of RAM the first-generation model had. Per MacRumors, Taiwanese publication TechNews is reporting that Apple’s followup to the iPad Air will feature a full 2GB of RAM, which just happens to be the same amount of memory that came with Google’s last Nexus 7 tablet when it was announced more than a year ago.
As MacRumors explains, boosting the new iPad Air up to 2GB of RAM is important mostly because the device is expected to feature iOS 8-enabled split-screen multitasking for the first time, which will obviously require more memory than what the first-gen iPad Air had.
In addition to the reported 2GB of RAM, the next-gen iPad Air is also expected to be the first Apple tablet to feature a Touch ID fingerprint scanner that will let users make mobile payments over the device. We also expect the new iPad Air to be slightly thinner than the previous model and to have more recessed buttons on the side of the device. We still have no idea when the new tablet will be released, although it will likely be part of Apple’s massive fall release slate that will also include the iPhone 6.