It looks like Apple is about to drop a slight upgrade on folks this year when it comes to the iPhone and iPad storage options. With the iPad becoming more popular than traditional laptops and netbooks and as people begin to do more work on their tablet, suddenly we find ourselves needing more than just 32GB and 64GB of storage, which is why Apple may introduce a whopping 128GB option this year.
In a recent build of iOS 6.1 (Beta 3) an storage option of 1,280 or 128 was discovered, this option did not exist in previous Betas or in 6.0. This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see the 128GB option the day iOS 6.1 makes its debut, but it does give us a clue as to what to expect when new hardware is shown off later this year.
While many people are still content on using just 16GB or 32GB of storage, for users in a business setting or for those users who wish to carry their full music library and quite a few movies with them everywhere they take their iPad, this is a smart move, even if the price tag is a little higher. With Apple’s tablet becoming the standard tablet in the enterprise space, 128GB would certainly make it even more appealing, people wouldn’t have to worry as much about storage space for documents, presentations, images, movies and more.
While this discovery is real, keep in mind it doesn’t necessary mean we’ll see it anytime soon. But the chances are certainly higher that we’ll see it sooner, rather than later. 9to5Mac did update their post to mention pricing specifics—which they say they obtained from a high-profile U.S. retailer—, suggesting that the new 128GB iPad would retail for $799 for the WiFi only model, while a cellular model would ring up for $929. Question now is how soon is soon?