Apple to sell 128 GB iPad on February 5th

The rumors hit the web a few days ago and now Apple has pulled back the covers on a 128 GB version of its 4th generation iPad sporting a Retina display. The price for entry will be $799 for the WiFi model and the LTE+WiFi model will set you back $929.

If you are looking to get your hands on this device, you won't have to wait long as the iPad will hit shelves on the 5th of February and will be available in black and white.

A 128 GB iPad is certainly targeted at a limited market as for the price of the tablet, one could buy a reasonably equipped laptop that would offer up more functionality. But, if you are someone who likes to carry a significant quantity of movies on your iPad, this could be your ideal device.

Apple has touted that it has sold more than 120 million iPads to date and it sees the 128 GB device as a no compromise device as its storage capacity lets you experience the best of iPad without having to worry about your storage space filling up. 

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So innovative!
Keep em coming Apple...

I know, right? This is magical and revolutionary. Lets join the lineup at the Apple store.

$799? Why? there is a 16GB model cost $499. They charge $100 to go up to 32GB, which is $75 over the retail cost of what 32GB costs versus 16GB. Then they charge $100 to go from 32GB to 64GB. Yet the retail cost of such a move would be about $35. Now since 128GB doubles 64GB, then maybe the move up yes should double 64GB. So since 64GB costs about $60 average...$100 is fair. Providing you didn't overcharge for the others.

The entry iPad with 16GB should cost $399. The 32GB model should be $499 tops. The 64GB should be $599 and the 128GB should be $699. Why? Because Apple overcharges on the first 3 which is more than enough to offer such pricing structure.
I havent used an iPad since getting my Note 2. So glad I moved on.

Mostly unrelated but has anyone heard about this rumor that Win 8 on the Surface Pro is actually taking 40+ GB? That would make the base Surface Pro a measly 24 GB model.

icwhatudidthere said,
Mostly unrelated but has anyone heard about this rumor that Win 8 on the Surface Pro is actually taking 40+ GB? That would make the base Surface Pro a measly 24 GB model.

Unlike the iPad, for 60bucks you can add 64GB of space. Oh and you can even get multiple of those, endlessly.

Also you can just hook up an USB disk drive and add up to several terabytes worth of space. Get an USB hub and hook up 5 3tb disks.

So I personally fail to see the issue about space on a Surface.

Even Android cannot do that.

With everything in the cloud these days I actually have gone backwards and opted for cheaper 16GB mobile devices this time around. 32GB was needed before all my music was cloud accessible.

Man you gotta love these companies blatantly ignoring the fact that EVERY consumer would like the SD option to add more memory instead of paying 10x more for it and being limited at the same time. My Nexus 10 at least can use an OTG to add 64GB but it's still a hassle. Gotta say, I'm looking forward to the touchscreen windows machines that finally get it right and light.

I can not wait to buy the 128gb iPad, it is $100 cheaper than the Surface Pro! I am so excited to install Adobe Create Suite 6 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 for my UI/UX development on my new iPad...oh wait.

DBrandUSA said,
I can not wait to buy the 128gb iPad, it is $100 cheaper than the Surface Pro! I am so excited to install Adobe Create Suite 6 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 for my UI/UX development on my new iPad...oh wait.
I just love OH WAIT sarcastic posts. You my man get +1000pts for that.

lol asking as much for a surface pro and this thing can't even run a dos program or work with a mouse. epic apple fail. no wonder their stock is in freefall

It's mostly suited for enterprise users, designers, photographers etc. as mentioned in the press release:

"iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products for Autodesk. “These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data.”

Hah! I never mentioned that the ipad is awesome!
Just mentioned who the intended target audience for this 128gb ipad is for! I know about the surface having expandable storage.

However awesome the iPad may or may not be to use, I can't begin to tell you how much of a PITA they are to support from a network perspective. Over 90% of our wireless complaints are from the iPad users. Partially it's due to the under-powered radios they use (surprising to me, since Apple usually has high hardware standards if nothing else), and partially it's due to the users expectations that their iPad will always connect to wifi everywhere, all the time. Put the same users on a standard enterprise laptop, and you get near zero connectivity issues. Put them on an iPad, and you get complaints and demands that you "fix the network" since, to their minds, the failure can't possibly be in their tablet, so it must be in the infrastructure.

I always find it funny when cooperations deploy iPads in their workspace.
Its actually kinda retarded since the iPad has no cooperate settings whatsofreaking ever. And especially compared to a Surface of any Windows tablet which can FULLY join an Windows Network and be controlled with Group Policies. And if its for company apps, give me a break. Most company apps are webbased, and often 'apps' are nothing more then a wrapper to a webapp.

And for Windows you don't even need a wrapper. You can make live tiles with websites.

szo said,
It's mostly suited for enterprise users, designers, photographers etc. as mentioned in the press release:

"iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products for Autodesk. “These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data.”

How many Enterprises you think use the iPad? Example, if a restaurant uses the iPad, thats not Enterprise usage. Enterprise would mean a device capable of using enterprise services, which beyond Exchange the iPad can't use. Dont use the word Enterprise when you really dont understand what it means.

I understand what it means and I'm sure Apple understands more than you. You might be lost in your world, but a lot of other companies do use alternatives.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/business/

Even Apple uses that word for the fortune 500 companies that support their devices with custom software.
http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/enterprise/

Just because you shove windows doesn't only mean that it is an enterprise. Nowadays, a lot of companies use salesforce, and a multitude of SaaS apps that serve for business purposes.

Just remember that comment that I wrote above was a quote from the news post from Apple's website. I didn't write it.

Shadowzz said,
I always find it funny when cooperations deploy iPads in their workspace.
Its actually kinda retarded since the iPad has no cooperate settings whatsofreaking ever. And especially compared to a Surface of any Windows tablet which can FULLY join an Windows Network and be controlled with Group Policies. And if its for company apps, give me a break. Most company apps are webbased, and often 'apps' are nothing more then a wrapper to a webapp.

And for Windows you don't even need a wrapper. You can make live tiles with websites.

Ever heard of BYOD? It's the next big thing in the corporate world. I love it.

pantera9 said,
Just in time for surface pro Apple likes to redirect the attention...

"HEY GUYS. LOOK AT OUR PRODUCT FROM 2010! WE GAVE YOU EVEN MORE NON EXPANDABLE STORAGE! - IT WON'T COST YOU MUCH MORE HONEST! LOL"

^ Apple.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Would you like to show us one that's priced better?...

Surface is $699 and a 64GB memory card is $40, so that would be $739, which is $60 less than the iPad. And with the $599 keyboardless 64GB Surface, that would be $160 less. Of course, if you want to make things truly equal, you would need to buy Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for the iPad (even though they don't come close to Office) which would then be a $190 difference - and I get a much more functional tablet in the Surface with a USB port, ability to add even more storage space, and much, much more.

nohone said,

Surface is $699 and a 64GB memory card is $40, so that would be $739, which is $60 less than the iPad. And with the $599 keyboardless 64GB Surface, that would be $160 less. Of course, if you want to make things truly equal, you would need to buy Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for the iPad (even though they don't come close to Office) which would then be a $190 difference - and I get a much more functional tablet in the Surface with a USB port, ability to add even more storage space, and much, much more.

Screen is worse, battery life is worse, performance is worse, app selection is worse, etc. Don't forget that that the OS takes up a lot of space. Pick and choose what's more important to you, I guess. Each has it's advantages, but the RT is a much lower quality tablet than the iPad. Plus Office will be out for iOS eventually.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Screen is worse, battery life is worse, performance is worse, app selection is worse, etc. Don't forget that that the OS takes up a lot of space. Pick and choose what's more important to you, I guess. Each has it's advantages, but the RT is a much lower quality tablet than the iPad. Plus Office will be out for iOS eventually.

Screen hasn't bothered my.
I feel that performance is better, can you provide real facts to the contrary?
My Surface battery has been lasting longer than my iPad's.
I have plugged 3TB drives into my surface. The IPad's storage is limited.
Office ***may*** be available for the iPad, and then you still have to pay for it.
Surface is a much higher quality product than the iPad.

My Surface gets much more use than the iPad because it is much more functional, and that is what is more important to me - functionality. All at a lower cost.

nohone said,

Screen hasn't bothered my.
I feel that performance is better, can you provide real facts to the contrary?
My Surface battery has been lasting longer than my iPad's.
I have plugged 3TB drives into my surface. The IPad's storage is limited.
Office ***may*** be available for the iPad, and then you still have to pay for it.
Surface is a much higher quality product than the iPad.

My Surface gets much more use than the iPad because it is much more functional, and that is what is more important to me - functionality. All at a lower cost.

The Surface could last longer depending on how you use it. The iPad is rated for a couple hours longer battery life. I'm going by what Microsoft and Apple rate them at.

A big complaint of the Surface is how slow it opens apps and the touch response lag. I guess there are tweaks that can help the touch response lag, but I haven't given it a try. The lag was especially bad in Word. I'm not saying it's huge lag, but compared to how fluid the iPad and Nexus are, it's a big difference.

The only upside the RT has is more I/O options. Besides that, specs are all physically worse than the Nexus 10 and iPad. If I want cheap, I'd pick Nexus 10. If I don't care about price and want quality, I'd pick the iPad or Surface Pro. The RT is just not a good product compared to the rest. But if it works for your needs, then that's all that matters.

Astra.Xtreme said,

The Surface could last longer depending on how you use it. The iPad is rated for a couple hours longer battery life. I'm going by what Microsoft and Apple rate them at.

A big complaint of the Surface is how slow it opens apps and the touch response lag. I guess there are tweaks that can help the touch response lag, but I haven't given it a try. The lag was especially bad in Word. I'm not saying it's huge lag, but compared to how fluid the iPad and Nexus are, it's a big difference.

The only upside the RT has is more I/O options. Besides that, specs are all physically worse than the Nexus 10 and iPad. If I want cheap, I'd pick Nexus 10. If I don't care about price and want quality, I'd pick the iPad or Surface Pro. The RT is just not a good product compared to the rest. But if it works for your needs, then that's all that matters.

No, you said that the iPad has a better battery life, now you are claiming that you could have better battery life with the Surface. Which is it?

I have never seen any touch lag on my Surface except one time when I had well over 30 tabs open in the desktop IE, and that would be expected.

but I haven't given it a try

Wait, so you are making all these claims about the Surface, but have never used one and are just hearing reports on the web, but then you are saying that the Nexus is more fluid? How much have you used a Surface? Do you own one? Or are you just repeating what you read on the web from places like TUAW.com or MacOSRumors.com?

There are many upsides to the Surface over an iPad. Unlike you, I have used both an iPad and a Surface every day since the very first day that both were released. And don't get me wrong, I loved my iPad but since the Surface was released the iPad has become the tablet that I use only occasionally and that is only for one app - GoodReader.

nohone said,

No, you said that the iPad has a better battery life, now you are claiming that you could have better battery life with the Surface. Which is it?

I have never seen any touch lag on my Surface except one time when I had well over 30 tabs open in the desktop IE, and that would be expected.


Wait, so you are making all these claims about the Surface, but have never used one and are just hearing reports on the web, but then you are saying that the Nexus is more fluid? How much have you used a Surface? Do you own one? Or are you just repeating what you read on the web from places like TUAW.com or MacOSRumors.com?

There are many upsides to the Surface over an iPad. Unlike you, I have used both an iPad and a Surface every day since the very first day that both were released. And don't get me wrong, I loved my iPad but since the Surface was released the iPad has become the tablet that I use only occasionally and that is only for one app - GoodReader.

Wow, please read what I said before twisting my words...
If you watch 1080p videos on the iPad, while only browsing the internet on the Surface, you'll probably get better battery life on the surface. It depends on how you use it, but the iPad is rated batter, as I said. Not that hard of a concept...

Yes I have used the Surface plenty. We have them available for us to use here at work, and I've put plenty of time on it. This is where reading comprehension comes into play... Please reread what I said. I was talking about tweaks to help the response lag, which I have not tried.

Maybe you don't care about the little things that equate to higher quality, but the RT falls short in almost every area. The Nexus 10 puts it to shame pretty much everywhere and the iPad easily beats it in physical quality. Expandable storage and USB don't interest me, so the RT would be a huge downgrade from my iPad.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Wow, please read what I said before twisting my words...
If you watch 1080p videos on the iPad, while only browsing the internet on the Surface, you'll probably get better battery life on the surface. It depends on how you use it, but the iPad is rated batter, as I said. Not that hard of a concept...

Yes I have used the Surface plenty. We have them available for us to use here at work, and I've put plenty of time on it. This is where reading comprehension comes into play... Please reread what I said. I was talking about tweaks to help the response lag, which I have not tried.

Maybe you don't care about the little things that equate to higher quality, but the RT falls short in almost every area. The Nexus 10 puts it to shame pretty much everywhere and the iPad easily beats it in physical quality. Expandable storage and USB don't interest me, so the RT would be a huge downgrade from my iPad.

And here we go again with the attacking me for what you do not do. You claimed that the iPad has better battery life:

battery life is worse

No exceptions, no caveats, you just said the battery is worse. Then you backtracked a bit, and change it:
The Surface could last longer depending on how you use it.

I agree, if I were to run a HD movie on an iPad and just let the Surface sit while doing nothing, the battery is going to last longer on the Surface. If I were to watch a HD movie on the Surface, while the iPad sits, then the Surface battery will not last as long. What I was commenting on was that you changed your story, first from it is absolute, no exceptions, to well, it depends on usage (which agree on) and then it turns to an attack on me for reading comprehension.

We have them available for us to use here at work, and I've put plenty of time on it. This is where reading comprehension comes into play

See, here is the problem with my reading comprehension. if you do not actually write that you have them in your office, then I cannot properly read that you have them in your office. Of course, you would prefer to attack me for your failings.

You believe that the RT fails in quality. I have had a iPad 1 (handed down to the parents a month ago) and I currenly have an iPad 3. Yes, it is a great device. But to me, the Surface easily beats the iPad in physical quality - ability to expand it and add functionality, the materials used, details like the kickstand, how cables connect to it, etc. I will concede the stats on the screen are not as good, but really, the difference in resolution is not an issue.

Expandable storage and USB don't interest you, but then when Apple puts out a device with more storage, then it is great. Why pay hundreds more for fixed amount of storage when you can have a virtually limitless amount of storage?

Astra.Xtreme said,

The Surface could last longer depending on how you use it. The iPad is rated for a couple hours longer battery life. I'm going by what Microsoft and Apple rate them at.

A big complaint of the Surface is how slow it opens apps and the touch response lag. I guess there are tweaks that can help the touch response lag, but I haven't given it a try. The lag was especially bad in Word. I'm not saying it's huge lag, but compared to how fluid the iPad and Nexus are, it's a big difference.

The only upside the RT has is more I/O options. Besides that, specs are all physically worse than the Nexus 10 and iPad. If I want cheap, I'd pick Nexus 10. If I don't care about price and want quality, I'd pick the iPad or Surface Pro. The RT is just not a good product compared to the rest. But if it works for your needs, then that's all that matters.

Do you own either of the devices like the other guy you're debating with?

technikal said,

Do you own either of the devices like the other guy you're debating with?

There is a Surface floating around his office, so he is an expert with it and his expert opinion shall not be questioned that the iPad is perfect in every way and he does not need extra storage but will buy the new 128GB iPad to get the extra storage it provides with the superior materials that it is made out of.

nohone said,

There is a Surface floating around his office, so he is an expert with it and his expert opinion shall not be questioned that the iPad is perfect in every way and he does not need extra storage but will buy the new 128GB iPad to get the extra storage it provides with the superior materials that it is made out of.

There you go again twisting my words and exaggerating what I say...
And since when do I need to be an expert with something to know what I'm talking about? I've put in more than a few hours on it and the flaws were imminent after using it 10 minutes. Anybody playing with one at the store could come to the same conclusions. Especially since damn near every review out there says the exact same things I've mentioned. Sorry, but once again, you've proven nothing...

Astra.Xtreme said,

There you go again twisting my words and exaggerating what I say...
And since when do I need to be an expert with something to know what I'm talking about? I've put in more than a few hours on it and the flaws were imminent after using it 10 minutes. Anybody playing with one at the store could come to the same conclusions. Especially since damn near every review out there says the exact same things I've mentioned. Sorry, but once again, you've proven nothing...

Yes, because repeating your very own words is twisting your words. We already see you attacking my reading comprehension over something you didn't actually write, but now you need to claim that I am twisting words by, you know, repeating them.

Especially since damn near every review out there says the exact same things I've mentioned

Someone sounds a little upset. But all this shows is that you read some reviews from your favorite Apple web sites, and then go in with your preconceived ideas of what it is, spend a few minutes with the Surface, and then agree with the Apple fanboys because of the Apple group think.

nohone said,

Yes, because repeating your very own words is twisting your words. We already see you attacking my reading comprehension over something you didn't actually write, but now you need to claim that I am twisting words by, you know, repeating them.

Repeating my words? Yeah, prove it... Let's see here... I never said I was going to buy one of these new iPads, yet you claim otherwise. I also never said I hadn't used a Surface. That one is purely your reading fail, and it looks like that one is still way over your head. I never said the iPad was perfect in every way. Need I go on? You're clearly talking out of your ass and now that you've trapped yourself in a corner, are resulting to childish tactics to divert the subject...


Someone sounds a little upset. But all this shows is that you read some reviews from your favorite Apple web sites, and then go in with your preconceived ideas of what it is, spend a few minutes with the Surface, and then agree with the Apple fanboys because of the Apple group think.

Why would I be upset? I'm getting a good laugh at you twisting my words because you can't put together a good stance. Might as well chalk up another false assumption by yourself. It would take me 2 minutes to go check one of them out from our IS department and take a picture proving it, but I'm sure you'd find some way to brush it off.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Would you like to show us one that's priced better?...

Not as cheap as the other poster, but better equiped.
Lenovo ThinkPad http://www.excaliberpc.com/621...nkpad-tablet-10.1-64gb.html

$749 making it $50 less. Can add 64GB for that $50 effectively evening the price. However I will have access to unlimited storage as any laptop hard drive can be placed inside a case that uses the USB to power it giving me way more storage options. Office is included free and to add such to iPad would cost at least $100 to offer similar functional.

As an alternative I can add a 128GB thumb drive for about $60 of a 256GB one for $140. Again the flexibility is a better benefit even at the exact same cost. Oh and I can transfer all my apps over for free giving me over 1M applications choices from apps that ran under Windows XP. Plus games, emulators of consoles, VM's and more.

TechieXP said,

Not as cheap as the other poster, but better equiped.
Lenovo ThinkPad http://www.excaliberpc.com/621...nkpad-tablet-10.1-64gb.html

$749 making it $50 less. Can add 64GB for that $50 effectively evening the price. However I will have access to unlimited storage as any laptop hard drive can be placed inside a case that uses the USB to power it giving me way more storage options. Office is included free and to add such to iPad would cost at least $100 to offer similar functional.

As an alternative I can add a 128GB thumb drive for about $60 of a 256GB one for $140. Again the flexibility is a better benefit even at the exact same cost. Oh and I can transfer all my apps over for free giving me over 1M applications choices from apps that ran under Windows XP. Plus games, emulators of consoles, VM's and more.

That thing has some pretty nice specs for the price. I'd be a little worried about that Atom CPU though. No 1080p on that screen either, which is a bummer. Looks like Lenovo is on the right track though.

For a tablet I don't care much about resolution. The resolution of the iPad 2 & 4 sucks considering the iPad 3 doubles the resolution of the others at the same price point
1080P is not a deal breaker for me. My laptop at work is 1366x768 and for I use it for, its more than sufficient and I have a 1080p monitor I can use. The Surface Pro offers 1080P out with HDMI. Lenovo is selling a 32bit version for $699 making it $100 less than this iPad and for $60 I can add a class 10 microSD card.

TechieXP said,
For a tablet I don't care much about resolution. The resolution of the iPad 2 & 4 sucks considering the iPad 3 doubles the resolution of the others at the same price point
1080P is not a deal breaker for me. My laptop at work is 1366x768 and for I use it for, its more than sufficient and I have a 1080p monitor I can use. The Surface Pro offers 1080P out with HDMI. Lenovo is selling a 32bit version for $699 making it $100 less than this iPad and for $60 I can add a class 10 microSD card.

Yeah, If that Lenovo performs nice and smooth, I'd say it's a heck of a deal.

TechieXP said,
For a tablet I don't care much about resolution. The resolution of the iPad 2 & 4 sucks considering the iPad 3 doubles the resolution of the others at the same price point
1080P is not a deal breaker for me. My laptop at work is 1366x768 and for I use it for, its more than sufficient and I have a 1080p monitor I can use. The Surface Pro offers 1080P out with HDMI. Lenovo is selling a 32bit version for $699 making it $100 less than this iPad and for $60 I can add a class 10 microSD card.

Don't bother - he states a question asking for one that is priced better. Then when provided a product that is priced better (and IMO a better product) then he adds caveats, claiming that the other products are not quality like the oh so wondrous and perfect because it was built by Steve Jobs himself iPad, then starts with the personal attacks when the argument does fit into his Apple centered world view.

nohone said,

Don't bother - he states a question asking for one that is priced better. Then when provided a product that is priced better (and IMO a better product) then he adds caveats, claiming that the other products are not quality like the oh so wondrous and perfect because it was built by Steve Jobs himself iPad, then starts with the personal attacks when the argument does fit into his Apple centered world view.

Yawn... Are there any more exaggerations you'd like to add? I provided you with clear and concise reasons why the RT is not, imo, a better product. Unlike you, I'm sure they can read and perceive what I said. And if they care about any of it, they can criticize it to their heart's content. You were saying...

Astra.Xtreme said,

Yawn... Are there any more exaggerations you'd like to add? I provided you with clear and concise reasons why the RT is not, imo, a better product. Unlike you, I'm sure they can read and perceive what I said. And if they care about any of it, they can criticize it to their heart's content. You were saying...

And I provided clear and concise reasons why I know the Surface is a superior product. Saying that you don't need a USB port or extensible memory does not a better product make.

nohone said,

And I provided clear and concise reasons why I know the Surface is a superior product. Saying that you don't need a USB port or extensible memory does not a better product make.

And I provided reasons to those for why it isn't superior. For a cheap tablet with USB support, the Nexus 10 is better in those areas. If those things don't matter, than the physical quality of the iPad easily beats it. For the second or third time, the RT is stuck between those 2 tablets and loses to both of them depending on what's important to the user. The RT doesn't provide anything that's better than either of those.

These are all things that I've said at least once before...

Astra.Xtreme said,

And I provided reasons to those for why it isn't superior. For a cheap tablet with USB support, the Nexus 10 is better in those areas. If those things don't matter, than the physical quality of the iPad easily beats it. For the second or third time, the RT is stuck between those 2 tablets and loses to both of them depending on what's important to the user. The RT doesn't provide anything that's better than either of those.

These are all things that I've said at least once before...

And that is the problem. See, to you, the only things that are important are the hi res screen, and the (according to you better than Surface) battery. To me the extensible memory, ability to use the legacy apps like Explorer to browse the entire device, the kickstand, and much more make it better for me than the iPad. The problem is, you have decided that what is more important to you makes the iPad a better device for everyone, while I recognize that what makes it better than the iPad is better for me and make no claims that it is best for everyone. Of course you cannot admit to that even after all your position switching because then you would need to concede that maybe a non Apple product is better for someone else, and we cannot have that.

nohone said,

And that is the problem. See, to you, the only things that are important are the hi res screen, and the (according to you better than Surface) battery. To me the extensible memory, ability to use the legacy apps like Explorer to browse the entire device, the kickstand, and much more make it better for me than the iPad. The problem is, you have decided that what is more important to you makes the iPad a better device for everyone, while I recognize that what makes it better than the iPad is better for me and make no claims that it is best for everyone. Of course you cannot admit to that even after all your position switching because then you would need to concede that maybe a non Apple product is better for someone else, and we cannot have that.

Once again, I never said it was better for everybody.... And once again, no those aren't the only reasons I listed...

Rudy said,
I'm guessing/hoping the iPad5 will start at 32GB and the prices will shift down by $100

It's about time they bumped up the baseline again...

and some fools will say windows 8 pro tablets are expensive. I don't see anyone but tech reviewers or apple product collectors buying this... not spotted 4 gen ipad In the wild even.

That price point is going to make the Surface look like a steal (or heck, any other piece of technology on the market).

Don't think that is the case.. But who knows.. But I don' think a 128GB does much good when you don't have access to the file system. would be great for music and movie lovers.

Fus10n said,
Don't think that is the case.. But who knows.. But I don' think a 128GB does much good when you don't have access to the file system. would be great for music and movie lovers.

I dunno. App's these days are getting much bigger. I remember installing TomTom on my iPhone 3G and was like... wow thats a massive app (377MB). It's now much smaller than some apps out there. Well, some games at least.

Fus10n said,
Good Point.. Some games are over 2gb.. forgot about that..

I don't believe that casual iGamers are going to buy a 128GB model when they could get a Surface Pro or decent laptop for that price. This is nothing but a wake up call because they know the Surface Pro are going to compete with them in the enterprise market. Game on.

Fus10n said,
Don't think that is the case.. But who knows.. But I don' think a 128GB does much good when you don't have access to the file system. would be great for music and movie lovers.

Install a file app, and use it as your file system. iOS is just heavily sandboxed, but there are ways to make it behave like you want without sacrificing the inherently high security standards.

siah1214 said,
Reacting to the surface pro much?

If the "only 20GB" of usable space on the Surface Pro is accurate, then the 32GB iPad already spanked the Pro in terms of usable space.

siah1214 said,
Reacting to the surface pro much?

I agree. This is the second time that Apple tries to steal the thunder from MS.

In other news, iPad 4 (The Vanishing iPad) didn't last that long in the market, but I doubt if 5 will fair either because this is once again out of their release cycle. In addition, if the difference on 5 is only the storage capacity, then I don't think this will fly out of the stores as previous iPads did.

Shadrack said,

If the "only 20GB" of usable space on the Surface Pro is accurate, then the 32GB iPad already spanked the Pro in terms of usable space.

I'm sure there will be an instruction on how to save the recovery partition onto disc or USB Flash drive, providing you to recovery partition in the drive; thus giving you all of that space.

RommelS said,

In other news, iPad 4 (The Vanishing iPad) didn't last that long in the market, but I doubt if 5 will fair either because this is once again out of their release cycle. In addition, if the difference on 5 is only the storage capacity, then I don't think this will fly out of the stores as previous iPads did.

Well, upon further review, it is still a 4th Generation iPad.

ingramator said,

I don't believe that casual iGamers are going to buy a 128GB model when they could get a Surface Pro or decent laptop for that price. This is nothing but a wake up call because they know the Surface Pro are going to compete with them in the enterprise market. Game on.

The problem is that most of the iPad buyers in the world don't even know what the Surface is. Techies does, yes, but regular customers won't touch it. This will be witnessed by the sales numbers next year.

RommelS said,

Well, upon further review, it is still a 4th Generation iPad.


Yeh, if only you'd read up to the end of the first sentence the first time round ay?

Manish said,

Yeh, if only you'd read up to the end of the first sentence the first time round ay?

Actually, I kept being interrupted during my break at work. I lost my train of though.

Manish said,

Yeh, if only you'd read up to the end of the first sentence the first time round ay?

It *is* still an iPad4, just with an additional 64gig flash memory. This is exactly why Apple will keep making billions at the expense of gullible drones like yourself.

javagreen said,

It *is* still an iPad4, just with an additional 64gig flash memory.


Yes that's because it's meant to be just a simple addition to their current range rather than Apple's yearly refresh of the iPad lineup. You really don't come off as someone who is intelligent enough to accuse others of being schmucks or gullible drones.