With the advent of the Retina iPad, app downloads have been growing larger and larger in order to accommodate better graphics. In addition, as the iPad gets older, people acquire more content, including apps, movies, books, and music.
While a 64GB iPad was large enough in the past, that’s often no longer the case for many users, and it seems like Apple agrees. It appears Apple is working on releasing a full-sized iPad with more storage space, doubling the 64GB capacity to 128GB.
This weekend, developers discovered code in the beta for iOS 6.1 that references an iOS device with a 128GB hard drive. There were similar references to the larger hard drive in the code for iTunes 11, and yesterday, 9to5Mac found additional hints that point towards a soon to be released 128GB iPad.
9to5Mac’s information comes in the form of new SKUs for the current fourth generation Retina iPad, discovered by an unnamed source at a “high-profile U.S. retailer.” Here’s what the site discovered about the upcoming iPad:
- It is a fourth-generation iPad, not a new design.
- It comes in both the current black and white color options.
- It comes in both WiFi-only and WiFi + Cellular versions.
- It is a more premium SKU that will join the current line of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB fourth-generation iPads.
- 10-pack deals (in both colors) for educational institutions will be offered.
In the chart above, P101 and P103 refer to the WiFi and WiFi + Cellular iPads. Currently, those models are known as “Good,” “Better,” and “Best,” meaning the “Ultimate” nomenclature is indeed entirely new.
At this time, it is not clear when the new model might be released, and as 9to5Mac points out, it could be referring to an iPad SKU that is for government agencies or retail, but combined with the hints of a 128GB model in the code for iOS 6.1, it makes an iPad with a larger storage capacity the most likely target.