128GB iPad On Sale In Australia February 5

One downside of Apple's iPad tablet is that there's no way to upgrade the internal storage. If you've maxed out the space on yours with HD movies, you'll welcome the announcement of a 128GB model of the current 9.7-inch retina display version.

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The 128GB version will go on sale from Tuesday February 5. Based on past experience, we'd expect pre-orders to open up on the Apple site ahead of that day, but no official announcement of when that might happen has been made yet.

The standard Wi-Fi version will cost $869 ($110 more than the 64GB version), while the LTE-equipped version is $1009 (also $110 more than the 64GB equivalent). There's no evidence of 'Australia tax' overcharging by Apple in the pricing; the US price starts at $799, which is effectively equivalent to the local price once you factor in GST. That said, $1009 is not a cheap tablet; you can score a 64GB MacBook air for $1099.

Tempted by the new version? Still a long way from maxing out your current tablet? Tell us in the comments.


    better off buying the Surface Pro which includes SD card & USB for that price

      And the 128GB Surface Pro comes with a whopping 84GB of useable storage plus Windows 8 (the worlds most confusing OS).

    I don't need more space on my iPad. But the iPod/iPhone needs more space for music. 128GB iPhone's the way to go. It's time Apple doubled the size on the existing models rather than adding a higher priced version.

    This is made for me, I'll be buying one, I cant get enough capacity on my iPad!

    Predominantly because the iPad is still the best weapon for video entertainment on long commutes, especially with XBMC installed (yay 720p mkv's and flawless reliability). I'm tired of managing the capacity of a 32GB SD card (via the Camera Connection Kit) on my old 16GB iPad 1 (plus its getting a tad slow) and was about to go for a 64GB iPad 4.

    Video is not up to snuff on droid platforms right now, no matter what any of the supporters say, maybe in a year once the video decoding for XBMC is sorted out on soem droid hardware. As for netbooks and laptops, too much weight, cumbersome on public transport, or poor quality screens.

    The Surface Pro would be good, if it can meet the iPad's battery life, which I doubt.

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