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Rumored 128GB fourth-generation iPad priced at $799 and $929, according to 9to5Mac

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Gallery Photo: New iPad 4th generation press pictures
Gallery Photo: New iPad 4th generation press pictures

The iPad has long maxed out at 64GB of storage space, but that may not be the case for much longer. 9to5Mac has received information from a source at US retailer that Apple is getting ready to release a new version of the fourth-generation iPad that may have 128GB of storage. The model is said to be otherwise identical to the current iPads, and it will be offered in either black or white. The rumored pricing is hardly a surprise: it will reportedly cost $799 for the Wi-Fi only model, while the cellular version will cost $929. Just like every iPad storage bump, double the storage would cost $100 more here.

It would be surprising to see Apple move towards such a large capacity on its iPad — with the move towards the cloud, most companies have been moving away from very large storage sizes, and Apple appears to be content with the 64GB model. The pricing does suggest that the new iPad model will be a 128GB variant, but 9to5Mac has also been given the new SKUs, which are marked as "ultimate" in comparison with the "good," "better," and "best" labels on the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPad SKUs, respectively. Additionally, the website points to some code found upcoming versions of iOS and iTunes that suggest a 128GB version is on the way. Even if the new SKU turns out not to be an 128GB model, an upcoming release would continue Apple's trend of moving away from its once-certain yearly release cycles. The fourth-generation iPad was announced this past fall, while the third-generation model was released back in March of 2012.