BY | February 5, 2013

Out of nowhere Cupertino based Apple has launched iPad 4th’s 128GB version. But can it beat Microsoft Surface Pro tablet that is set to be launched next week

Apple has launched a hugely priced 128GB variant of its iPad tablet. Many customers are confused of the need for such a product. The heavy built-in memory version of iPad comes for a whopping price; its Wi-Fi-only model is priced at around $800, while its Wi-Fi+ Cellular version comes for nearly $1000. Don’t fret up, it is not a gadget for regular consumers; Apple has just put it for those who have some specialized job to do. “Don’t worry though, unless you have a very specialized job, you don’t need one,” comments Matt Baxter-Reynolds of CNET.

Announcing the special iPad, Philip Schiller, Apple senior VP of Worldwide Marketing said that the device was meant at the users, who had special tasks to do like photography, video editing, business uses and more. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs,” he said in the official press note of the company.

Why iPad 128GB?
Of course, Apple has designed the new iPad with a particular goal to meet the requirements of business or artist users. As per Apple, the iPad continues to make a huge impact on business “with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad.” Well, a heavy-memory iPad will be ideal for companies that use large amounts of data as they want to work with 3D CAD files, music tracks, video editing, X-rays, project blueprints and more.

No Apple device offers microSD slot for expansion of internal storage. So is the iPad tablet. But, large-scale users of the tablet may obviously want huge internal memory. That is why Apple has taken a move to roll out a 128GB version of iPad. Since the device is widely used in areas like high resolution medical imaging, electronic flight bags for pilots and high-end video or music multimedia work, it is a necessary expansion, indeed.

Apple iPad Vs Surface Pro
The only tablet we can find in market with 128GB storage apart from the new iPad is Microsoft’s Surface Pro. But, this machine is not that famous as a slate. Analysts wish to call it a mini Ultrabook, because of its support of a full version Windows 8 and Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of internal memory. The new iPad keeps the same internal specs of its basic versions and so it is not much comparable to Surface Pro in internals.

Regarding pricing, both the machines have almost some nearness. The base version of Surface Pro comes for around $800. It is when the Wi-Fi only version of iPad 128GB is priced at the same amount. Meanwhile, its Wi-Fi+ Cellular model is priced at around $1,000. Microsoft also avails a Touch Cover keyboard dock for Surface Pro. Docked on Touch Cover, the device really turns to an Ultrabook. This accessory is priced at $120.

Apple iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2
Earlier it was rumored that Apple would launch a 128GB version for its new-gen iPad 5 late this year. Long before that the Cupertino tech maker has realized the demand for such a product from enterprise sector and added a 128GB version to its fourth generation iPad line. Talking about the rumors, they state that Apple’s next iPad and iPad mini are expected for official release late 2013, the same timeframe their predecessors were launched last year.

The new iPads will have more finished body, powerful innards and more. It is said that Apple would introduce a new chipset and new iOS version for the next line of iPads. When it comes to iPad Mini, the company may integrate Retina display and more powerful processor and RAM inside it.

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