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Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?

Hints from iOS 6.1 beta, iTunes suggest a higher-capacity iPad on deck for later this year.

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For those who feel that 64 GB of storage in their iPad isn't enough, there's good news. A new SKU has appeared that suggests a higher-capacity model is on the way, according to 9to5Mac. Rather than an entirely new iPad, this new SKU points to a variation of the fourth-generation iPad.

9to5Mac's source says the new iPad will be available in both black and white, in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+cellular versions, and will be offered to educational institutions and governments in packs of 10.

The current fourth-gen iPad is available in capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple's SKUs refer to these different storage capacities with descriptions of "good," "better" and "best." The new SKU is described as being "ultimate," which points to a capacity of 128 GB.

The report is corroborated by evidence found in the latest iOS 6.1 beta. References in iOS 6.1 have also suggested that a 128 GB model iPad is on the way. A higher-capacity iPad has also been referenced in iTunes 11.

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Pricing for the new model will fall in line with Apple's current scheme. The Wi-Fi only version of the 128 GB model will cost $799. Adding cellular radios will push the price to a painful $929 -- which is just $70 cheaper than Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air.

Apple has not announced plans for such a tablet, nor has it confirmed 9to5Mac's report.

Given the relatively inexpensive access to cloud storage services, the usefulness of such a high-capacity iPad is questionable. Speaking personally, I stick with a maximum storage capacity of 32 GB in my devices. With 32 GB I have plenty of room for apps (even those bigger than 1 GB, such as Infinity Blade 2), as well as a good supply of photos, music and a handful of HD movies. Considering that the entry-level iPad starts at $499, adding such a massive amount of storage and a cellular radio nearly doubles the price. I can't think of a competing tablet that offers 128 GB of storage, though some include support for microSD cards in addition to built-in storage.

What do you think? Is 128 GB a necessary option? Is it too much? Or is the pricing enough of a roadblock for people?

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User Rank: Apprentice
1/28/2013 | 6:24:31 PM
re: Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?
I don't think Apple's stock dip has anyone too worried given their 5 year 479% gain vs. Microsoft's -14% for the same time period. Also not surprising is sales slowdown. So many people I know have iPhones and iPads already. It's like anything else. Eventually, sales will slow since people have one already. I've seen so many people try an alternative tablet, but eventually, give in to Apple. It just works. Is it expensive? A little. But, there are iPad only apps available that I really enjoy that the other tablets just don't have. The ecosystem is too strong.
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User Rank: Apprentice
1/28/2013 | 5:32:12 PM
re: Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?
Apple could set a $2k price and they'd still sell them. Given lackluster sales, it appears those who blindly buy anything Apple puts its name on may starting to realize they've been paying too much for too long to be told what they can and cannot do with hardware they own not to mention crummy apps like Apple Maps that Apple still hasn't fixed. If MS shipped an app that bad the press would still be hammering them but the press as it is today loves Apple so much that it overlooks the junk apps and policies they force on their customers who in turn turn a blind eye to Apple's poor quality control. Honestly, I'll take my Acer Netbook that I can swap as many removable SD cards in along with a 500GB HDD over an iToy. It might be a bit larger, but it's actually something that you can do business on without Apple's Draconian restrictions. As Win8 Pro tablets become more mainstream Apple had better really start to worry. Given their stock price and their propensity for lawsuits against their own suppliers I'm betting they have already seen the writing on the wall.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/28/2013 | 5:21:56 PM
re: Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?
Heck yes I would. More room for MY movies on interminable plane flights around the world. Really all depends on how you use the device. If Apple really wants to up the game, they should drop the 16 and just have 32, 64, 128 in the existing model spaces.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/28/2013 | 5:11:53 PM
re: Would You Buy $800, 128-GB iPad?
No way!!! For an extra $200 I could get a Surface Pro.
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