What you need to know
- Apple announced iPadOs 16 this week at WWDC.
- New major upgrades include multitasking and more pro features.
- A new virtual memory swap feature will unlock 16GB of RAM for the most demanding apps.
Apple's new iPadOS 16 software features a new Virtual Memory Swap feature that Android users have been enjoying for some time.
Several major upgrades have been reserved for Apple's M1 iPads, the iPad Air and M1 iPad Pro (2021), including a brand new Virtual Memory Swap feature that will sound very familiar to Android and Windows users.
Virtual Memory Swap takes storage space on the iPad and turns it into virtual memory, unlocking more RAM for really intensive tasks and improved multitasking, a big important feature now the iPad supports a much more expansive array of multitasking options including expanded full-screen support.
As noted, this needs the power of the M1 chip, so you'll have to be using one of Apple's best iPads to take advantage of it. The same is true of Stage Manager, borrowed from macOS Ventura as a new way to handle real multitasking and resizable windows on iPad.
The first developer beta of iPadOS is out now!
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
Are you saying the so called Android virtual RAM the same as iPad OS 16 virtual memory?
Consider running a big game that need 12 GB memory to run:
1. On an Android phone has only 8 GB RAM, what will happen? The game will just crash because there is not enough memory to run. All Android can do is to swap out all other applications maximize available RAM to the game, it can't extend the game's run-time memory to internal storage. 2. On M1 iPad Pro with 8GB RAM and running iPad OS 16, the game will run just fine because the system will allocate 4 GB SSD storage as virtual memory to meet the game's requirement.
Virtual memory and swapping to disk have been around for decades longer than Android has existed. Apple, Google, and everybody else, are borrowing from 1960s-era machines.
Get the best of iMore in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to iMore. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.