On Tuesday, January 29 Apple announced the newest member of its iPad family–starting on February 5, customers will be able to purchase a 128GB iPad.
It’s essentially the same as the fourth generation iPad introduced in the fall, but with much greater storage capacity. Apple’s pricing was announced at $799 for the Wi-Fi edition and $929 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular option.
The 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB previous models are all still available at the same price points as before.
Since the Retina display-equipped iPad was introduced about a year ago, storage has become more of an issue for both that model and the iPhone with the same high-resolution display. While 16GB might have been an acceptable amount with the standard display, users with the Retina models have seen that space shrink considerably. Applications have been retooled to better utilize the new resolution, making them much bigger in size and therefore eating up more storage space than before.
As such, and even before any apps, video, music or photos have been added, a 16GB iPad or iPhone now has as little as 12GB when it’s first powered up.
The new 128GB iPad gives users who consume lots of different types of media the power to do just that. Apple also announced with the release of iOS 6.1 on Monday that more than 300,000 native iPad apps are now available, which should help fill up some of that space.
More on the new 128GB iPad can be found on the Macworld.com site.