A new report claims that Apple may be working on a fourth-generation iPad with 128GB of memory and a Retina Display, with the intention of selling the tablet into governments and schools.
Citing a source at a large U.S. retailer, 9to5Mac noted the appearance of a new SKU listing for the fourth-generation iPad over the weekend, and found references to 128GB support when drilling into the latest iOS 6.1 beta code.
“While it is certainly plausible that this new iPad model is the 128GB iPad, we are currently not confident enough to outright claim that, but it seems likely based on the evidence,” read the report.
The source later claimed that such a model, which will be available in black and white, will debut at $799 for the WiFi-only model and at $929 for the cellular edition, prices would at least seem reasonable when judged against the respective prices of $699 (WiFi-only) and $829 (cellular) for the 64GB iPads.
An interesting twist to the tale comes in the claim that Apple will most likely not aim these iPads squarely at consumers, but rather at those working in education and government.
“10-pack deals (in both colors) for educational institutions will be offered,” said writer Mark Gurman.
"It is possible that Apple is adding a new fourth-generation iPad SKU that is specific to government agencies, retail, or for other internal uses (this is something Apple has done before with other product lines)."