Apple iPad jumps to 128GB, starting at $799

It's still the fourth-generation device, but beefier. A cellular-enabled version of the higher-capacity iPad costs $929.

Apple's 4th-generation iPad.
Apple's 4th-generation iPad. Apple

Apple today said it would begin offering its fourth-generation iPad with double the storage capacity.

The 128-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad will cost $799, while a cellular version pushes close to four figures at $929. The new iPads will be available on Feb. 5.

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint Nextel both confirmed they would carry the higher capacity iPad.

The updated iPad represents a minor update to a device that already got a slight overhaul late last year. Many expect Apple to unveil a new iPad with more significant changes in the coming months.

The 128GB iPad has all of the same features as before, including a 9.7-inch Retina Display, a FaceTime HD camera, and an A6X processor.

Apple is hoping the higher-capacity iPad will be better suited for the business world. Over the past few years, the company has made a concerted push to get into companies for professional use.

The press release pointed out the potential appeal of the higher storage volume to businesses that traffic in data-intensive materials such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, and project blueprints.

While Apple's share in the tablet market remains dominant, the company is starting to see increasing competition from lower-priced devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 tablets. In response, the company late last year unveiled the iPad Mini.

Update at 9:04 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 12:25 p.m. PT: Sprint and Verizon confirmed that it will be offering the 128GB iPad.

 

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