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Apple iPad moves up to 128GB of storage

4th Gen iPad

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 at 14:02

Apple has a new version of its iPad, expanding the line-up to include a 128GB version of its Retina display tablet.

The 128GB editon of the iPad 4 will be released 5 February in the US and UK, where it will cost £639 inc VAT for the Wi-Fi only model, or £739 to add mobile broadband - a premium of £80 over the 64GB edition.

In the US, the Wi-Fi only version will be $799 and the Wi-Fi plus 3G/4G will be $929 - a premium of $100 over the 64GB edition.

The increase in iPad storage capacity has been long overdue. When Apple released its third-gen iPad with a Retina display, our review pointed out that meant bigger file sizes - and suggested larger storage options would have been a good idea.

"We’ve already seen the rising download footprint of some Retina-optimised apps, with Pages up from 95MB to 269MB and iMovie rocketing from 70MB to a huge 404MB," we said last year. "Some of that is admittedly down to additional features, but higher resolutions mean bigger apps, not to mention bigger downloaded newspaper and magazine issues in Newsstand."

Apple suggested the larger storage was also a key feature for businesses, saying it was useful for 3D CAD files, X-rays or project blueprints, for example.

Apple added that it had sold 120m iPads to date. The company also issued iOS 6.1 today.

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User comments

I was looking at an advert for a 64GB USB stick today thinking that's quite cheap. I suppose Apple's memory is the special kind where no child labour is involved in its production so it costs that much more.

By revsorg on 29 Jan 2013

How much?????

£639 for the Wifi only model?? You would have to be barking mad to pay that.

By everton2004 on 29 Jan 2013

SD Card?

Of course, they could simply have added an SD card slot to the latest iPad. But then, no.
And haven't they heard of the cloud? On device storage is so 2011

By KevPartner on 29 Jan 2013

Daylight robbery

Apple make nice products, but they rob their customers blind. An SSD manufacturer would charge their retail customers about £80 for a 128Gb SSD. £240 for a similar upgrade is just taking the mickey.

They're probably not doing themselves any favours either, discouraging customers from having the best experience.

By ChrisH on 29 Jan 2013

Apple you robbing B*****ds

I'm sure they'll sell --oh at least 2 at that price.

I bought a 16Gb version for Xmas, really had to hunt it down as all the shops were sold out of 16/32Gb but guess what all the shops had loads of 64Gb versions. I wonder why?

Still we can all blame ourselves for continuing to buy them. The market price is set by the consumers who continue to buy them.

By pauld1024 on 29 Jan 2013

Not as bad as Microsoft

Expensive? Yes? But 128Gb? Yes it does, unlike the Microsoft Surface tablets. 64Gb has 28Gb free, 128Gb has 80Gb free

Completely agree that an SD Card would be so much better, but at least they're not stopping the smaller ones

@pauld1024 - I thought the 16Gb had lower spec internals than the others?

By Chatan on 30 Jan 2013

No they're all the same.

@pauld1024 - I thought the 16Gb had lower spec internals than the others?

No they're all identical apart from the storage size.

By GoneWithTheWind on 30 Jan 2013

re Not as bad as Microsoft

@pauld1024 I believe with the Surface you can just put in a SD/XD card, which will give you a lot of storage for not a lot something like extra 64Gb < £50

By Sarcen on 30 Jan 2013

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