While it is unknown if they will try and make it count as one of their ‘new products’, Apple are rumoured to be planning an enhanced version of their current 4th-generation iPad for release this year, with the potential new product tipped to feature 128GB of storage.
The report from Apple-centric blog 9to5mac suggests that a file has been discovered detailing a possible new Apple product. This leaked file is believed to be an SKU (Stock-Keeping Unit) displaying four ‘new configurations’ to the iPad, one of which featured a ‘significant memory increase’ and ‘Retina display’.
Following on from previous rumours that a code found in iTunes 11 for an iPad featuring ‘additional memory’, the file revealed suggests that Apple products, internally ranked in terms of storage size by the codenames ‘GOOD’ (16GB), ‘BETTER’ (32GB), and ‘BEST’ (64GB), has a new addition, ‘ULTIMATE’, which is presumably follows the pattern of being double the previous high.
This ‘ULTIMATE’ tag was found on 4 product codes, with 2 of each taking on WiFi-only and cellular-compatible models, and a black and white colour scheme offered for each, with prices of $799 and $929 respectively on the respective technical versions.
The blog noted of the possible new products: “With developers finding code in the soon-to-be-released iOS 6.1 that points to 128GB iOS devices, and with recent findings of 128GB references in Apple’s recent iTunes 11 release, speculation naturally points to Apple releasing a 128GB iPad in the very near future. While it is certainly plausible that this new iPad model is the 128GB iPad, we are currently not confident enough to outright claim that, but it seems likely based on the evidence.
“We’ve received pricing information for this new iPad model. The pricing is in line with a higher storage capacity, coming in at around $799 for the WiFi-only model and $929 for the Cellular-compatible model in the United States. So, new capacity sounds even more likely.”
Apple are yet to make an official announcement on new hardware for the year, but it would be stretching even for them to claim this double-storage iPad as an ‘innovation’ in technology. Will more space for content be a noticeable difference for loyal Apple customers to buy into?