For all the attention we’ve been giving rumors of new Apple hardware lately, talking about really inexpensive iPhones, or super-slim iPads that look like a blown-up iPad mini, you might have expected Apple’s next new iOS device to be some kind of serious overhaul of previous designs. Instead, it turns out Apple’s been planning something much more low-key, at least before it gets around to those more extreme changes, today announcing the availability of a new storage option for its existing fourth-generation iPad.
We had heard about the possibility of seeing a 128GB iPad the other day, supposedly tipped off by some changes in one of the iOS 6.1 betas. Now that iOS 6.1 has arrived, Apple’s gone ahead and confirmed the news, announcing this morning a new 128GB iPad.
The 128GB iPad will go up for sale on February 5, when it will cost just under $800. That price fits with Apple’s existing strategy, doubling storage capacity for an extra $100. Like other current iPads, the 128GB option will be available as both a WiFi-only and an LTE-enabled version, the latter adding another $130 to the tablet’s price tag.