For the past couple of days, rumors have been swirling that Apple was set to launch a new model of iPad with 128GB storage capacity. When the fifth beta for iOS 6.1 was released, developers noticed reference to a larger capacity device, dubbed an “Ultimate” ipad because of a reference to it from an unnamed major U.S. retailer. In a move that goes against everything we know about Apple, the company quietly posted a press release to its online website with the new product announcement.
From the press release, it appears that Apple has decided to offer the larger capacity model to target enterprise. According to the announcement, nearly all Fortune 500 companies, and 85 percent of Global 500 companies are either deploying or testing iPads. These companies need larger storage space for larger applications and files, such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, blueprints, and more.
Like the previously-launched fourth-generation iPad models, the 128GB tablet features a 9.7-inch Retina display with an A6X processor chip and FaceTime HD camera. It also comes with iOS 6.1 already installed.
Apple never launches new products, or even changes to current products, without flourishes and fanfare. So, it is unusual that the company has decided to announce the larger capacity iPad in such a small way. They could have, at least, sent someone to MacWorld/iWorld, which starts on Thursday. It almost feels disappointing to find out about the new tablet this way.
The 128 GB fourth-generation iPad with Retina display will be available in black and white, and with Wi-Fi only for $799 or Wi-Fi + Cellular for $929. The device will be available for sale starting February 5.