Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

On That Rumour of Dedicated Camera RAM in the iPhone 11 Pro

Speaking of the iPhone 11’s cameras, there was a funny rumour going around that the iPhone 11 Pro could have 2 GB of extra RAM solely dedicated to camera functions. When iFixit tore one apart, though, they were unable to find any sign that this rumour could be correct.

It’s an interesting idea, though, and one that I would welcome. I’ve long expressed my frustration with the way iOS handles memory limitations — particularly on the iPad — but it seems like opening the camera shouldn’t kick nearly every other app out of memory. It’s odd to me that using one specific hardware feature monopolizes system memory. Adding more globally-accessible memory isn’t the answer, I don’t think, as it would still be shared with other apps.