Apple has been sticking with a maximum capacity of 64GB for its iOS devices for some time, but a new report claims we may soon see a new model of the fourth-generation iPad packing 128GB of storage within.
9to5Mac reported Monday that Apple may be preparing to release a new configuration for the current fourth-generation iPad which debuted in September, this time doubling the maximum storage capacity from 64GB to 128GB.
According to unnamed sources, the larger capacity model will be a new SKU added to the current lineup, available in the same black or white colors and Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular options.
The report also claims the new 128GB model with Wi-Fi only will retail for $799 (UK£679, AUD$899), while the cellular-equipped version will add the usual $130 USD premium to that price.
Lending credence to the report is a new iOS 6.1 beta build Apple released over the weekend, which appears to contain code specifically referencing an iOS device with 128GB storage capacity.
Although early reports assumed the iPhone would be the device to receive the storage bump, 9to5Mac sources claim the beefed-up iPad bearing the code name "P101 ULTIMATE" (for Wi-Fi only) and "P103 ULTIMATE" (for Wi-Fi + Cellular) could appear in the very near future.
The fifth iOS 6.1 beta also isn't the first place where a 128GB storage capacity has turned up in Apple's software recently - the company's iTunes 11 software for Mac and PC released back in November also featured code referencing the same capacity.
Whether the 128GB iPad is something that will see a retail release or perhaps a specialized offering remains to be seen, particularly when a fifth-generation version isn't expected until this fall.