The 128GB iPad Is Real, 4G Version Costs $1009 In Australia

As rumoured, Apple has officially let the 128GB iPad out of the bag today. But there's a very good chance you won't be buying it. Not only does it come with more storage than you could possibly need on a tablet, it costs more than you would be prepared to spend on a tablet. By a lot.

This is not a new iPad — this is just another version of the fourth-generation iPad that you can currently buy. It has the same 9.7-inch retina display, the same design, the same guts — it just doubles the storage capacity of the 64GB model at a cost that you probably can't justify: in Australia, the Wi-Fi only version costs $869, and the 4G version costs $1009.

At that price, you're approaching ultrabook/MacBook Air levels of expenditure for an A6X chip and Temple Run 2. According to Apple, the 128GB iPad will "hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps". But haven't we already moved all that stuff to the cloud? Apple and everyone else been pushing us in that direction for years, precisely because giant storage devices are expensive and inconvenient.

Oh, it looks like Apple isn't talking to us anyway. Apple is specifically targeting corporate accounts with its new 128GB iPad: "Companies regularly utilising 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."

Like the other iPads, the new 128GB version comes in either black or white, and you can buy them starting next Wednesday. Or, rather, your IT manager can. [Apple via TNW]

Leslie Horn contributed to this report.


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    1000 bucks for a tablet? Tell them "they're dreaming".

      What do you call that love?

        A Tablet.

        That's going straight to the trophy room!

      Have you met Apple lovers? they will sell their first born for the latest gadgets.

        Yep, they will buy it anyway.

        And then say it's magical and revolutionary.

        Yeeeeep. My mate who now WORKS for Apple had to have the latest thing every time they released something with an incremental update was fucken stupid.

        How much is a 128gb Android tablet, for comparison?

          The Surface Pro which is due soon will prob be around 1100-1200 (That's a full laptop/slate device tho so not the best comparison)

            However only something like 84GB of that is usable space, so it just seems pointless to pay that much for any Tablet, let alone one with nowhere near the advertised space.

              no, not a very good comparison. Are there any 128gb ARM-based tablets out there that are cheaper than the 128gb iPad?

              Invest 20 bucks, get an 32 gb sd card and your ok, because you know, the surface can use something called "external memory" :)

      I've paid around $1,000 for the previous 3G 64Gb iPads (1st gen, 2nd gen). I'm pretty happy to get double the storage for $100-odd more than I've previously paid. The Galaxy Tab2 I picked up last week was $330, but there's no compelling reason to use it. Cheap is cheap for a reason.

        I would debate that, I have a Toshiba AT100 from a couple of years back and am still 100% happy with the device, my partner has a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and is wrapped with that as well.

        It's not 'cheap' from the cheap and nasty point of view, its 'cheap' because in comparison it doesn't compare in price, but that can come down to Apple's noted profit margins on items (ie it could be a LOT cheaper, but they choose not to)

        Sure you can talk about the 'feel' of the Galaxy Tab over the iPad, but a $10 case can fix all of that and in the long run you are still getting a comparable product to the Apple offerings.

        Not an android fanboy or Apple hater, but you have to admit that one of the factors which is driving Android growth against iOS is due to the diversity of the platform which allows consumers to get a device suited to their needs. In the Apple system, the diversity comes down to iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad (which is confusing), iPad Mini (ie if you want a cheap tablet, buy a secondhand 2+ year old tablet)

          Not an android fanboy or Apple hater, but you have to admit that one of the factors which is driving Android growth against iOS is due to the diversity of the platform which allows consumers to get a device suited to their needs. In the Apple system, the diversity comes down to iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad (which is confusing), iPad Mini (ie if you want a cheap tablet, buy a secondhand 2+ year old tablet)

          Thats not at all what the latest polls are showing. They are showing that Android is popular due to the cheap price. They are gaining market, but largely due to other smartphone users jumping ship, very little is attributed to IOS users jumping ship. Not my opinion, but the general user of mobile platforms actions.

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    Can't wait :) I've bought every iPhone and iPad released so far. This will be a good addition and well worth the price for such massive storage on such a small beautiful tablet.

      You must lead quite a sad life.

      Oh Dan.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQt2Gztqws

        Dan, firstly hopefully your trolling.....

        If not, as an iPhone 5/Mac/iPad 4 owner, I'm going to suggest to you that humanity, and your own karma, that the $1000+ this will set you back would probably better spent on charity

      That is nothing, i have purchased three of every iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, and Apple TV! i usually sit in cafes with one of each, all splayed out nicely for everyone to see how creative i am!

        That's nothing. I don't bother to recharge mine. Just pick up a fresh one.

        Thats nothing, I just go the the cafe and get my old fella out and whack off, that way its obvious even to people who know nothing about tech that I am a wanker!

      So you have a 16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb Gen 4 iPad? Because this is just another Gen 4 iPad, not a new model.

      guys, guys... dude obviously likes to collect things. There's many other things he could collect. Some think it's silly, others would be with him. There are people who spend more money on limited edition figurines etc.

      Are our lives really negatively affected by his interests/hobbies? He didn't try and push his interest onto us. Just mentioned it and his enthusiasm.

      I don't share your interest Dan8014, but I hope you enjoy your new iPad!

      (See, that didn't kill me).

    "it's new, i must have it"
    I wonder how many they'll actually sell. the sheep stigma is fast diminishing into something that more closely resembles common sense.

    I know they're not really comparable devices, but this is obviously coming out just in time to be on sale when the Surface Pro is released, with more available memory out of the box, and people who just see both as a tablet will know and trust the iPad brand.

      It'd be a shame if they did choose the iPad when the Surface Pro is a full fledged computer.

        It's be a shame if they bought a heavier, thicker, louder, hotter, shorter battery lifed, narrow screened full-fledged computer if all they need is a web browsing, document viewing, email reading, temple run playing tablet. Surface pro looks nice for what it is, but it's not for everone.

          Of course people would choose a Nexus 7 over a Surface Pro for those reasons...

          It'd be a shame if they bought a $1000 tablet if all they need is a web browsing, document viewing, email reading, temple run playing tablet.

          Surface Pro and the 128gb iPad aren't aimed at those kinds of customers. For the kind of customers they're aimed at, the Surface may be the better option.

            Unless they have, you know, 100gb plus of stuff on there. Let's face it, an iPad user without an SD slot is infinitely more likely to run out of space than anyone else. You're effectively saying "I've never met you, but I know better than you do what you need." to every potential customer.

        A "full fledged" computer with just 30% less space advertised actually available for your data — revolutionary.

        Last edited 30/01/13 2:52 pm

    Apple really are dead set greedy. Get rid of your overpriced internal storage upgrade and give the users something actually useful... Like the ability to connect external storage easily. But I guess they can't charge such premiums on something like an sd card slot...

    The sooner this evil company fades into obscurity, the better.

      Careful mate, that free thought of yours is going to be punished by the Apple / Politically Correct brigade.

        I'm not really sure how Apple releasing a larger flashdrive upgrade option for its ipad can be equated to the suppression of free thought... surely the market will decide if this is an unnecessary amount of space. I assume it will (honestly, who needs that much on a tablet?), but apple seem to believe that it's desired by a sector of its consumer base, so who gives a toss. You don't exactly have to go out and buy the thing.

        As for apple being evil for not providing some consumers with the ability to customise and use other third party devices with theirs. Welcome to capitalism, if you don't like it, buy a competitors product (likely from the clearly magnanimous Samsung - http://www.theverge.com/policy/2012/8/7/3226651/samsung-legal-history-scandals).

        I'm intending to soon ditch my iPhone as soon as the new blackberry comes out, but that has stuff all to do with me thinking any of these companies give more of a crap about the common good than any other.

      lol I'm not sure on the evil, tho that was the logic that slapped me in the face

      I'd have thought business users would love the capacity to swap files/drives on the go?

      Just playing devil's advocate here... seems like this device is being aimed at the corporate and medical sectors. Do those industries really want staff using devices with removable/external storage?

      It's my understanding that there are products that do the things you mentioned. Why don't you get one of those?

      The sooner this evil company fades into obscurity, the better.

      Yes, Apple $100 for an extra 64GB is basically genocide, ergo 'evil'

    I run a paperless electrical engineering company. The iPad and iPhone have been a major part of us going paperless and iPad/iPhone usage accounts for about 50% of our use. The iPad and iPhone are used as notepad for general notes and marking up schematics as PDF or in AutoCAD WS, reading and annotating of manuals and other documents. We currently use Jot Not stylus but are moving to The Hand stylus. 128GB of storage would be a welcome addition for larger projects. We recently tried a few Windows 8 transformer Ultrabooks. The Ultrabooks when used as a tablet where too big and heavy to use out in the field and there where no great apps for note taking and PDF annotation like Penultimate and also AutoCAD WS is not available for Windows 8. Any heavy work we need done requires sitting at a desk so we found we where better off with a normal laptop. The idea of one machine to do it all sounds great but transformer type Ultrabooks are not quite there yet for what we do.

      "no great apps for note taking "

      ummmm - one note?????

        Penultimate is a true pen and paper replacement and there is currently no app in Windows 8 that is as affective. Just because the iPad works for my business doesn't mean it would work for everyone. I think Windows 8 is a great OS and works great for us on the desktop, just not as a pen and paper replacement just yet which is what the iPad does for us. Our iPad compliment our PC's instead replacing it. The whole point of my comment was to indicate that 128GB iPad will work for some and not for others.

          whens your next album coming out and are your abs still as good as they were in the 90's?

    Um i paid less for a 13" Samsung series 9 128gb Ultrabook. There is no way i would pay that much for a tablet.

    “Companies regularly utilising 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.”. Yeah, because everyone works on their CAD drawings and film edits on their iPad. Jackasses.

    The cracks are certainly starting to show with this being their second scrambling effort to get something out there in response to their competitors. It seems Apple are no longer setting the agenda but starting to play catch up.

      We do all our field AutoCAD markups and annotations on iPad. Much easier than using the full AutoCAD package on a laptop when walking around plant or a Windows 8 transformer table as using desktop apps with your finger is insanely difficult especially for AutoCAD markups and handwriting markups directly onto PDF schematics.

      ... with this being their second scrambling effort to get something out there in response to their competitors

      What competitors are selling 128GB ~9-inch tablets?

        Assuming you mean 10" tablets, as iPad is 9.7", Microsoft will start selling theirs next week. Of course, that's before you take into account microSD and USB 3 flash drives. You are not seriously suggesting the timing is just a coincidence, are you?

    Apple will never have memory card or external drive support (the last one seems a little overkill for a portable device). This 128gb IPad is a fraction more expensive than the 64gb, and shows prices have finally fallen to a point where the top models for IPad and probably IPhone will now be 128gb. As someone else noted, business users wil be happy to see this. But if you plan to buy a IPhone 5S this July (?) or IPad 5 this October (?) , start thinking of 32, 64 and 128 gb models on offer. This is a good thing, the 64gb model is now cheaper

    Well I don't see this an issue when people are buying 64 iphone 5s for $1008

    Should articles like this not come with a "OPINION: " prefix in the lead? I can feel *scrolls up* Elly Hart's saliva specks flying as she furiously mashes the keyboard.

    Apple make premium products. Premium products are expensive. Your vitriol and outrage isn't going to change that, but it might challenge some of your reader's opinions on whether your website is a part of the legitimate media or not.

      Yeah - I've always had a hard time understanding why people put down certain products/companies, instead of just getting/using the things they want instead. If you're not interested in Apple products, why spend so much time talking about them?

        It's a complex area of psychology, combining imperatives from a wide range of sources. There are social elements (like in-group out-group identification - part of the tribe or team, which is superior to the other group), self-esteem issues around self identified skills and attributes ("I am a superior judge of style/value/technical merit"), resolution of cognitive dissonance ("I paid an exhorbitatnt amount of money for this, it must have a worth commesurate with that", or "I can't obtain that - it must be worthless") Social status (The more people who value an item, the more status ownership confers - detractors are competitors for status) and so on. Interesting to observe in the abstract. But very annoying to have to wade through in every comment thread.

          Holy crap that was the comment of the month I'm gonna buy you a drink.

      I see what you mean, but you have to wonder a little about the pricing structure; sure 128 gigs of flash storage isn't super cheap, but how is it that each doubling of capacity increases your chosen ipad by $110 (or thereabouts)? Shouldn't it logically be a more incremental percentage shift as you get to a larger storage option? Assuming that the other components are at a static value (hence storage being the only variable) shouldn't the entry level ipad (16 gig) start off at $500 and then move up to $1000 in more logical percentage shifts that reflect the actual change in space?

      Should articles like this not come with a "OPINION: " prefix in the lead? I can feel *scrolls up* Elly Hart's saliva specks flying as she furiously mashes the keyboard.

      Yep, spot on. It seems to come more down to the whole iPhone found in a bar scenario. Ever since then G......o have sharply changed their attitude towards Apple. And choose to now post these article by second rate journalists. IMO.

      Last edited 30/01/13 5:35 pm

    Waiting quietly in the corner for iPad Mini Retina display 128GB version

    O.o Flame suit on.

    I only bought my first tablet a couple months ago - a 4th gen wifi only ipad with 32gig - for the $650 or so it retails for (can't remember the exact price) and I absolutely love the thing and can't imagine what would cause me to upgrade for a while.

    Based on my own personal use of my ipad, I use about 60-70% of my 32 gigs and have already run out of stuff to fill it up with. Music all goes on the iphone (which is also 32 gigs and probably still has about 8 gigs of free space), and I don't put TV shows or movies on the thing (never can understand people watching episodes of Masterchef on their tablets/phones on the train in the morning - more of a book/newspaper reader personally).

    That being the case, I'm having trouble working out what the hell anyone would need 128 gigs of space on one of these things for... my ipad works as a handy laptop replacement for simple tasks and content consumption, but it's hardly a workstation for anything substantial; you'll still need your laptop or home computer for that, and it's likely equipped with plenty of space.

      I'm having trouble working out what the hell anyone would need 128 gigs of space on one of these things for... my ipad works as a handy laptop replacement for simple tasks and content consumption

      Multimedia is one of the more space consuming things you can put on a computer, video in particular. If your main use for the iPad is multimedia then theres a good chance the user will benefit. It really depends how much they want to have available at any one time. While most people do have desktops and laptops, many people own an iPad so they can leave those at home when they go on trips or whatever.

      Obviously 128GB is overkill for many others, but not all. If I didn't feel a new generation iPad was around the corner I might even have considered selling my 3rd Gen 64GB model. As it is I think I'll wait it out.

    WHy would anyone bother when an Ultra book with more specs costs about the same these days :/

    Surface Pro will prob be around this price point I would guess for the 128GB version

    I'd get it if I was in the market. I already have a 64GB model, and the jump up to me is worth it to finally have an iPad that allows me to fit my entire music collection on it plus some apps. To me, the convenience is worth it and I don't consider $110 outrageous.

    Sure it's close to the cost of an ultrabook, but I'm not necessarily forced to pick here. I have a laptop as well as I'm sure many iPad owners do.

    Last edited 30/01/13 7:34 pm

    Don't know why the hell you review guys are winging like you are???...
    You be surprised how many guys like myself will pay the bucks for those precious extra 64gb's!
    Why...the hell we are already paying here in Aussie down under $869 for the 4G Gen 4 anyway!
    So...what's the big deal about an extra $100-200 for an extra 64GB's!!!???...
    Make out like your paying a million bucks extra!!
    Why...are you on the pension or something?

    Not really swinging one way or the other but was going to go from my old iPhone 3 to a Galaxy until I watched on TV the media tech from one of the big 4 banks saying don't buy any Android device it you have any worries about security as the Android platform is so easy to hack .. he said if you want security the only choice is iPhone ... his words not mine

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