Speculation about the possible product upgrades Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may introduce this year has discussed hardware changes and feature updates. However, according to one blog, the company may also be introducing a new storage standard for the iPad.
A new iPad model is likely to come with 128GB of storage memory, according to 9to5Mac. This device will be an upgrade to the current fourth-generation iPad, and come in both black and white as well as Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi+cellular variants.
Apple internally calls its 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPads Good, Better, and Best. According to an Apple partner retailer, the product SKUs now also include a reference to an Ultimate model. It seems developers also found code in the soon-to-be-released iOS 6.1 that points to 128GB iOS devices. There has also been a reference to 128GB storage capabilities in Apple’s recent iTunes 11 release, giving the speculation added legs.
According to the retailer, 10-pack deals for educational institutions will be offered. 9to5Mac added that it was possible that Apple was adding the new version to specifically target government agencies and retail institutions, or even for its own internal use.