Apple announces 128GB iPad

Lex Friedman
30 January, 2013
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Apple on Tuesday announced a new iPad that’s a lot like the existing fourth-generation iPad, only with more storage than ever before. The iPad with Retina display will now be offered in a 128GB variety. The Wi-Fi model will retail for $869; the Wi-Fi + Cellular option will cost $1009.

The 128GB iPad doubles the 64GB iPad size that was formerly the tablet line’s maximum storage space. The 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB models all remain available at their existing price points.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller said.
“With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

Though Apple’s doing its best to help offload storage to the cloud when possible—see iTunes Match and iTunes in the Cloud, for example—Retina display-ready apps are getting larger and larger, making iPad storage space ever more precious. When it released iOS 6.1 on Tuesday, Apple announced that more than 300,000 iPad-native apps are available in the App Store.

With the exception of its bigger storage space, the 128GB iPad is otherwise identical to previous incarnations of the fourth-generation iPad, first released in late 2012: It employs a 9.7in Retina display, A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, and comes with iOS 6.1 installed.

The 128GB iPad will be available starting February 5.

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