Apple is readying a new, higher-end edition of the current-generation iPad, it has been reported, presumably aimed at the traditional Apple customer who has long been prepared to pay premium prices for premium products.
According to sources cited by 9to5Mac, the fresh take on the iPad 4 will retain the look of the model in stores now, as well as its Retina display. And the tablet won’t even come in a fresh range of colourways, it seems, with Apple set to stick with its tried and trusted 'any colour as long as it's black or white' policy.
However, on the plus side it could offer as much as 128GB of onboard storage. That’s twice the capacity of the current top-of-the-range iPad 4 iteration. It'll also reportedly be available in Wi-Fi and 3G models, so there’s a chance to cut your outgoings a little bit there if you decide that on-the-go connectivity isn’t a priority.
Chatter about Apple’s plans comes as SKU numbers – which are probably best described as retailer-specific catalogue numbers - were uncovered on a vendor’s system referring to 'Ultimate' 'Good', 'Better' and 'Best' versions of the iPad 4.
With three storage iterations on the market right now, that's 16GB, 32GB and 64GB which are surely the 'Good', 'Better' and 'Best' editions respectively, it would appear to follow that the 'Ultimate' edition is indeed a 128GB number.
The 128GB slate was also seemingly corroborated by the discovery of code that strongly hints at its existence by devs examining the next version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad software, AKA iOS 6.1.