Is a 128 GB iPad inbound?

The fourth-generation iPad has been on the market for a few months now, with rumours of a fifth-generation model starting to circulate at Christmas. The new iPad is believed to be announced sometime around March, but it may not be the fifth-generation device many are expecting.


The iPad SKU's as listed by a high-profile U.S. retailer.

According to 9to5mac a new 128 GB fourth-generation model could be on the way, joining the current line of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB fourth-gen iPads already available.

The SKU image, from a high-profile U.S. retailer, shows the internal P101 and P103 naming conventions Apple use for the devices. Storage is “GOOD,” “BETTER,” “BEST” and “ULTIMATE,” with the last option being reserved for the highest capacity device available. The "A" and "B" in the product codes refer to the devices' colours – A is black and B is white.

Code in iOS 6.1 has hinted that 128 GB iOS devices will be available, and iTunes 11 also references this level of storage

This latest move could be for specific uses, however, such as government, retail or internal use. Given that it appears in a U.S. retailer's listing, however, a more likely scenario is a consumer option.

Source: 9to5Mac | Image via 9to5Mac

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If you think the iPad needs a MicroSD then you dont understand Apple, the iPad or iPad users. Go get a nice MS Surface or an Android tablet and stop whining like a big baby.

rippleman said,
why would you want the hassle?
Since when is removable storage a hassle...

You need an extra 16GB? Get a 16GB card. Pirate a lot of movies and need moar space? Get a 64GB card!

derekaw said,
If you think the iPad needs a MicroSD then you dont understand Apple, the iPad or iPad users. Go get a nice MS Surface or an Android tablet and stop whining like a big baby.
Since when was I whining like a baby? Grow the fnck up

Honestly I dont give two sh!ts about what apple does. If they want their company to fail, they can go right ahead

apple announcement... we worked hard with steven hawking to create a chip that could punch a hole into subspace allowing for double the storage, whilst keeping the same slim profile ipad you all know it love. its brilliant amazing extrallusionary.

everyone goes out to buy it omg!

The Laughing Man said,
Wonder what this one would be called. The New New iPad 4.5? I don't even know anymore...

You're not supposed to know, that's why they stopped counting after the iPad 2!

neufuse said,
more of the same just more storage.....

Of course it's more of the same; it's an addition to the current 4th generation iPad lineup.

neufuse said,
more of the same just more storage..... seems to be the apple model anymore....

Sees 1 rumor => Assumes it is the only change.

Northgrove said,

Sees 1 rumor => Assumes it is the only change.

Sees one comment => Need to jump in and defend Apple to the bitter end.

There is zero reason why Apple should make new SKU's just for memory sizes..... we've had removable storage everywhere for ever..... Apple seems stuck in the idea you have to solder every chip into a system..... a micro SD card doesn't take up that much space.... heck they already have SIM car slots on the cellular models..... one more small slot won't kill them..... this is just planned upgrade obsolescence with stroage sizes... just give us a darn removable media card slot

'most' people dont care about removable media in iPads, you have seen the sales numbers right? If you want removable storage you dont need to complain just buy something else.

derekaw said,
'most' people dont care about removable media in iPads, you have seen the sales numbers right? If you want removable storage you dont need to complain just buy something else.

that's because "most" people aka the average tech unsavy has no idea what they are buying, it's just a device everyone has

nohone said,
More options? Won't that be confusing to the consumer?

Really? That's the comment you chose to go with? I would have proposed "Now THAT's innovation right there" or "Sounds magical!"

billyea said,
"The new iPad, now with double the magical of the old one!"

Well at only double the price thats an absolute bargain.

nohone said,
More options? Won't that be confusing to the consumer?

Who's saying anything about more options? If this is introduced, the sizes will likely be: 32/64/128.

I just worry about all those poor people who need to go to an Apple store and make the decision of an iTouch 4th Gen (black/white in 16GB or 32GB), the new iTouch (red/blue/yellow/pink/grey/black in 32BG or 64GB), an iPad Mini (black/white in 16GB/32GB/64GB with or without cell radio) or an iPad2 (black/white with or without a cell radio) or an iPad (black/white with 16GB/32GB/64GB or with a cell radio) and now they are adding a new size? And if you were to throw in the iPhone, there are 30 different options there (model/color/carrier/memory), that just adds to the confusion and choice people need to make for their mobile computing needs.

I mean, we know how confusing it is for people to choose Windows 8 or Win8 Pro for their home computer, with all these options in Apple devices, the Apple shopper must be really confused.

Northgrove said,

Who's saying anything about more options? If this is introduced, the sizes will likely be: 32/64/128.

*In Apple-esque tone* Makes sense, otherwise it would be confusing to the consumer...

CSharp. said,

I'm sure you do.

I do - in the same way that the people who were claiming that people would be confused with the number of Windows editions, confuse Win8 and WinRT, etc. were concerned.

nohone said,
I do - in the same way that the people who were claiming that people would be confused with the number of Windows editions, confuse Win8 and WinRT, etc. were concerned.

It's not so much that people are suggesting it, but there are reports of people actually being confused by the identical looking W8 vs. RT on tablets.

Can't say I've heard people being confused about color choices for iPads. Although many don't in fact know what storage size is right for them or whether they need 3G or not.

I think you are being sarcastic right? Who goes to a store and decides if they want a itouch or and ipad? confused about colors?

moloko said,
I would love to see 32GB the standard 500$ ipad now. 16 is so limiting to me now.

Same. 16GB isn't 'GOOD'

I've always bought 16GB but my next purchase will be 32GB as i'm constantly space watching these days, i can't use news stand anymore because a couple of mags takes up 2-3gb and i don't even have any music on my iPad it's all in iTunes Match.

Hopefully this will be a product shift, the introduction of the 128gb will eventually see the 16gb be discontinued.

moloko said,
I would love to see 32GB the standard 500$ ipad now. 16 is so limiting to me now.

It'll likely be if this new size is introduced. Apple prefers to maintain few options, and I imagine this new size would simply push down the others, making 32 GB the standard. It would be way overdue too.