The new model, which will come in black and white like all prior iPad models, will be released on Feb. 5, 2013, Apple announced today.
This will be the first time that Apple has increased the storage size for their iPads. Since the first generation was released back in 2010 (they are now up to the fourth generation), they have only been available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. For a size comparison, a 16GB model can hold roughly 3,000 songs (about 150 CDs at 20 songs each); 32GB can hold 6,000; and 64GB can hold 12,000.
“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, SVP Worldwide Marketing in the press release. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”
“In other respects,” Krupa writes, “it's consistent with the most recent iterations of the device: so it contains a 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTimeHD camera, iOS 6.1 and support for additional LTE networks around the world.”
The price for this new, 128GB model will be set at $799 for a wi-fi-enabled model, and $929 for a cellular 4G-enabled model.
There has been a trend recently, also among computers, that more size is good. And yet, one must ask oneself, is the bigger size worth it—both the hole it leaves in a wallet, as well as what will be put on the device itself. Usually, the 16GB models sell first, then the 32GB; the 64GB models tend to be left on store shelves for weeks after release. So what of this new, gargantuan model? Will it help Apple reclaim its sales, which have been going down recently with several products that have plateaued in sales?
For more information, check out Daniel Krupa’s article for IGN.