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BY KATIE BRENNAN
After many blamed Apple’s lack of innovation for its tumbling stock price in recent months, rumor has it the company will release a new superstorage iPad 4.
9TO5MAC, a website focused on all things Apple, reported the new iPad would be an addition to the current fourth generation line of retina display iPads, and could have as much as 128 gigabytes of storage.
That would make it ‘top dog’ since the current, 16, 32, and 64 gigabyte 4th generation iPads are considered good, better, best according to capacity, respectively. CNet describes the new model as a premium SKU, or stock keeping unit.
“A source at a large U.S. retailer provided 9to5Mac with what is purportedly a new SKU listing for iPads that includes a fourth model labeled as "Ultimate" to join its current lineup.”
Ultimate sounds about right-- tweep @iNeal started a wave of inquires into whether the new model could have as much as 128 gigabytes of storage. This, after he noticed a file in the new iOS 6 that listed several System Partitions -- 8,16, 64 and 128 gigabytes.
But, after all, this is a rumor. So can it be trusted?
In reporting the rumor, Business Insider calls the 9to5mac reporter, “the always reliable Mark Gurman...” and a blogger at pocket-lint calls Gurman, “a very solid source for Apple leaks.”
But 128 gigabytes is a ton of storage—who could even use that much? One blogger points out...
“9to5Mac conjectures that this new SKU could be made exclusively for specific agencies — i.e. universities, government, etc.”
How much would you have to dole out for a superstorage iPad4? 9to5mac updated its report Monday morning, adding:
“The pricing is in line with a higher storage capacity, coming in at around $799 for the WiFi-only model and $929 for the Cellular-compatible model in the United States. So, new capacity sounds even more likely.”
That’s about $100 more for each version than the current prices of a 64 gigabyte iPad.