[Update: Apple says it’ll begin selling a 128-gigabyte version of the fourth-generation iPad next month, providing a new option for customers seeking more storage.]
Do you want an iPad with more memory? Perhaps 128GB worth of books, apps and movies?
A new fourth-generation iPad with Retina display — and perhaps as much as 128 gigabytes of memory — is being readied for release, sources tell 9to5Mac. The upcoming slate would not be a new design but rather an addition to the current fourth-generation line, with the same color and wireless combinations as the iPad 4, these unnamed sources say.
Pricing for the new iPad model is expected to be high. 9to5Mac reports that the pricing is in line with a higher storage capacity, coming in at around $799 for the WiFi-only model and $929 for the Cellular-compatible model in the United States. So, new capacity sounds even more likely.
It might be possible that Apple is adding a new fourth-generation iPad SKU that is specific to government agencies, retail, or for other internal uses (this is something Apple has done before with other product lines). This model might also include new features other than 128GB of storage, but the current iPad’s technical specifications and feature-set does not seem in need of an imminent update.
The information acquired about the new product suggests that internal inventories have been updated with four new SKUs, all relating to the iPad. Each model of the new device has been given a variation of the P101 ULTIMATE A description, an identifier than refers to the color of the device, and the fact that it is being classified as a premium model. Additional information will likely become available in the coming weeks about this new hardware.
Personally, I don’t believe that Apple will be releasing an iPad 4 128GB model anytime soon. The new iPad 4 was just released after a mere 8 months of the iPad 3. Many customers expressed their anger at Apple. It seems unlikely to me that Apple will be releasing the new iPad 4 128GB version. It also doesn’t make sense that Apple would add a new storage size to the line-up, when both the iPad and iPhone has always been offered in three storage capacities.
Another thing worth bearing in mind is that Apple has never bumped the storage of any iOS device outside of a refresh of the product. The idea that will start doing this now—and with the iPad, a device that is selling very well—is preposterous.
Apple might release an iPad 5 128 GB model. That makes sense. Apple could eliminate its 16GB model in favour of 32,64 and 128GB models. But these are just my views. What are your thoughts. Share them with us below in the comments.
By the way, an iPad redesign is reportedly due this fall.