According to a new report, Apple is in the midst of preparing a fourth generation iPad with 128GB of storage to be released in the near future.
An anonymous source has sent 9to5 Mac an image from a high profile retailer’s database that appears to point to an “ultimate” version of the fourth generation iPad in both Wi-Fi and cellular models. Additionally those variants would be available in both black and white as are all other versions of the device.
The latest version of the iOS 6.1 beta has been found to contain some code that points to 128GB devices being supported by the operating system. To date Apple has not released any iOS-powered device with that capacity, and the mere fact the support is there does not guarantee that such a device is on its way. Additionally, the most recent release of iTunes was also found to have hidden support for 128GB devices, so it seems that indeed Apple may be getting ready for such a device.
Following those rumors, 9to5 Mac received the SKU numbers you see above that are said to refer to a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad. Typically Apple’s SKUs refer to models as “GOOD,” BETTER” and “BEST,” which corresponds to the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. With the term “ULTIMATE” attached to these models it does appear that this would be the 128GB variety.
No information is available at this time as to a potential price on this model, but seeing as a 64GB Wi-Fi model sells for $699, we’re expecting this to be at least $799 if not a little more.
To be clear, there is no indication that this information relates to a fifth generation iPad, that device is still believed to be on target for a release in the third quarter of the year.