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With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the paradox-of-choice dept.

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noh8rz10 writes "Holy moly! iPad gets a heavyweight sibling, clicking in at 128GB. This places it in range of storage for Surface Pro and ultrabooks. It's clearly targeted at the professional market, as the press release cites X-rays and CAD files as reasons. Should Microsoft be afraid? Methinks so. Best part, pricing is growing by log 2. Just as the 32GB version is $100 more than the 16, and the 64 is $100 more than the 32, this new version is $100 more than the 64!" Update: 01/29 16:00 GMT by T : Here's Apple's announcement itself.

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first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726135)

apk is a troll

Re:first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726455)

I thought we were done with the Jobs bowel movement posts once the guy conked off.

And not a single (-1, Troll)

richy freeway (623503) | about 2 years ago | (#42726143)

fuck was given...

Re:And not a single (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726373)

You cared enough to post that.

Look at this way, douchebag: now Microsoft will have to come out with a 128GB model.

Re:And not a single (4, Informative)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#42726411)

In addition to their existing 128GB model that's referenced in the summary? Or do you mean a 128GB model that actually has 128GB, not 83GB plus a 45GB OS?

Re:And not a single (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726671)

What are you talking about? IOS size varies but it is less than 1 GB on all devices.

Re:And not a single (4, Informative)

thoth (7907) | about 2 years ago | (#42726899)

OP is talking about Windows Surface, where Win 8 or Win RT eats up a lot of storage.

Re:And not a single (1, Troll)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about 2 years ago | (#42726775)

How is this modded Informative? The parent is clearly making a joke at the Surface's expense. iOS doesn't require even remotely that much space.

If you're gonna troll for Microsoft, can you at least TRY to not be so pathetically transparent?

Re:And not a single (-1, Redundant)

richy freeway (623503) | about 2 years ago | (#42726465)

I dislike Apples products. That's all.

Re:And not a single (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726719)

I dislike Apples products. That's all.

You're just jealous.

Re:And not a single (0)

richy freeway (623503) | about 2 years ago | (#42726839)

Not in the slightest. I actually do own 2 Apple TV 2's, but they're jailbroken running XBMC. My step kids both own an iPod touch. I just think the way that Apples interfaces and the way they do things sucks. If I really wanted to I could afford to buy their stuff, but it just sucks, so I don't.

Good Stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726157)

This is great, time to up the ante!

Uh yeah (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726161)

Because the amount of storage is the only things that's different between an ipad and an ultrabook...

Re:Uh yeah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726225)

Get over yourself. Users of both get about the same amount done.

Re:Uh yeah (4, Informative)

characterZer0 (138196) | about 2 years ago | (#42726301)

Unless they have to type.

Re:Uh yeah (5, Funny)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | about 2 years ago | (#42726357)

Clearly you've never read business emails. The keyboard, it does nothing!

Re:Uh yeah (4, Funny)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#42726489)

only retarts cant type on an ipad

its very easy

Re:Uh yeah (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42726579)

It is not "very easy". Nor is it terribly efficient.

It's only even remotely comparable only if you've gotten beyond "hunt and peck" with a real keyboard.

Re:Uh yeah (2)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#42726615)

i have big hands and i somehow type with both of them on my ipad, a few dozen words per minute

Re:Uh yeah (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726801)

Wait.. your post wasn't a joke?

captcha: stumped (veritably, I am)

Re:Uh yeah (1)

omnichad (1198475) | about 2 years ago | (#42726607)

retarts

Did you type that on an iPad?

Re:Uh yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726701)

Congrats. You got the joke.

Re:Uh yeah (5, Insightful)

dinfinity (2300094) | about 2 years ago | (#42726725)

Woosh.

Re:Uh yeah (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 years ago | (#42726823)

So if you need to type that much get a bluetooth keyboard, they've been supported since the first version. You can get one for about $40-$50.

I can type just fine on screen, but I'm not doing huge amounts of typing on it. I can type out emails just fine, but I seldom create large documents with it.

The same would be true if it was from Microsoft, Samsung, or any other tablet.

Re:Uh yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726921)

My emails resemble large documents you insensitive clod! My most common "reply" from people is TL;DR.

Re:Uh yeah (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726449)

I own a ultrabook. It is my main workstation. I have nginx, php, ruby, java, sqlite, mysql, some IDEs and all the unix toolkit at my disposition.

Do that with you iPad. Oh wait, you can't.

So get over yourself.

Re:Uh yeah (2)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42726481)

I own a ultrabook. It is my main workstation. I have [a whole web application development stack] at my disposition.

The counter to that would be that only experienced professionals working in offices need a development workstation. The video game console makers, for example, appear to believe this.

Re:Uh yeah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726491)

Insecure much?

You need all that shit to do what I can do on one ipad??

Re:Uh yeah (4, Insightful)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 2 years ago | (#42726593)

Because the amount of storage is the only things that's different between an ipad and an ultrabook...

Oh, actually there are quite a few differences:

1) You don't need a special repository to install software on your Ultrabook.

2) Most Ultrabooks will let you install another OS

3) You have a better chance of upgrading/replacing the components in your Ultrabook.

4) Ultrabooks have standard connectors for peripherals

5) I've yet to hear sneering from an Ultrabook owner directed at someone who doesn't have one

Re:Uh yeah (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#42726743)

what they meant with ultrabook territory was that it's surpassing some ultrabooks in price. add a keyboard and it's reaching surface pro pricing.

But I can do stuff with an Ultrabook (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726167)

Besides content consumption, that is...

Re:But I can do stuff with an Ultrabook (5, Informative)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#42726377)

I can do even more amazing tricks with my Toshiba Portege Ultrabook: run almost any software ever written, type on it with physical feedback (and backlit keys), attach USB flash drives to it, join a Windows domain, backup an entire disk image to external media on a USB 3.0 port, run MS Office, run Adobe CS6, upgrade or downgrade the OS, upgrade the RAM, upgrade the SSD, upgrade the webcam, and play legacy games. If anyone still thinks their ipad is an ultrabook, they're really not helping the "Apple fanboys are delusional" stereotype. I mean, yeah, they are and it's not a stereotype but still.

Re:But I can do stuff with an Ultrabook (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42726619)

> Besides content consumption, that is...

Are you joking?

An Ultrabook can do far more in that area. It can do everything a tablet can do plus all of the services that may not have an "app", or those services that may need Flash (or even Silverlight), and it can handle all of the formats that an iPad can't.

HELL. You could use that Ultrabook as an AirVideo or Plex server to make your iPad less lame.

Re:But I can do stuff with an Ultrabook (2)

dc29A (636871) | about 2 years ago | (#42726689)

Slow down cowboy. Pretty sure parent meant the exact same thing.

Re:But I can do stuff with an Ultrabook (4, Insightful)

Old97 (1341297) | about 2 years ago | (#42726711)

I don't know why some idiot scored you as "informative". There is more to content creation than programming. Development may not be possible on a tablet, but you certainly can create a lot of other content. Diagrams, documents, artwork, video, music, etc. Want a physical keyboard? Well just like a Surface Pro you can select from a variety of keyboards. Mine is part of the cover, real keys, lasts 40 hours of use and recharges with microUSB. Personally, I'd prefer an ultrabook because I do development and I'm a geek, but for most people tablets like the iPad fit their needs very well.

Big whoop (-1, Troll)

JonJ (907502) | about 2 years ago | (#42726191)

Hardware get's an upgrade, how surprising.

Re:Big whoop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726393)

At least Apple is consistent, at every interaction the number of changes gets smaller (but it seems enough for their users).

Are you sure? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726195)

Apple's own site shows the specs [apple.com] still topping out at 64GB...

Re:Are you sure? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726269)

Also, it's not in their news section [apple.com] .

And the linked article [appleinsider.com] doesn't cite any sources.

Press Release Here (2)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#42726507)

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB [apple.com]

Most users won't have a need for this much space because they just don't generate or accumulate that many files, given the sandboxed file system. "Open in another app" is a somewhat clunky workaround. But there are definitely professional uses for more space. People who need to load the iPad up with training videos, autocad files, etc. I've recently started using an app called "Scanner Pro" to quickly create PDFs of physical documents that cross my desk every day for later reference, and the more I've become accustomed to storing everything and having it in my pocket (the iPad mini just barely fits in my pocket), the more I've started to wonder about when I'll hit the limit where I'll need to think about what to keep and what to delete. At this rate, probably not for another year, but it would be nice to have years worth of these documents on the iPad ready to be called up.

Not impressed. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726199)

Why is this so amazing when things like the 160GB iPod Classic have been out on the market for years? What a load of baloney.

Re:Not impressed. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726435)

Because the iPod classic has a HDD and the iPad uses flash storage?

Re:Not impressed. (0)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42726649)

I have an iPod2 that refuses to die.

The bias against spinny storage is just mindless iCult nonsense. Reality was revised by the Ministry of Truth so that the masses don't realize that they're being conned.

More storage on a 10 year device from the same company?

double plus unpossible!

Re:Not impressed. (1)

jbolden (176878) | about 2 years ago | (#42726767)

The bias against spinny storage is just mindless iCult nonsense.

I own the rMBP I'm getting 450MB/sec which is faster than many good quality spinning RAID systems. I'd love to have more space, and I'd prefer something like the fusion drive. But no it isn't just mindless iCult nonsense.

My Android Tablet has unlimited storage... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726257)

Yes, you read that right, it has something called a 'USB' port, and an 'SD' slot which can be used to upgrade the memory at will..

Re:My Android Tablet has unlimited storage... (1)

Nossie (753694) | about 2 years ago | (#42726303)

I used to believe that when I had an XDA... shame write speeds suck.

Re:My Android Tablet has unlimited storage... (0)

Lawrence61 (868933) | about 2 years ago | (#42726321)

not much use for a usb port nowadays. I use the wireless portion to connect to the printer, internet, keyboard if desired. icloud keeps the back-ups so no need to connect an external hard drive to manually back-up shit anymore. Android is crap.

Re:My Android Tablet has unlimited storage... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726405)

Your mom is crap, but nobody's complaining... (except maybe your dad)

Re:My Android Tablet has unlimited storage... (-1, Flamebait)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42726677)

Wireless is SLOW.

Some server on the other side of your home router is even slower.

You're dining on dirt but just too stupid to realize it.

You really have no taste. Throwing money around doesn't give you taste or class.

Re:My Android Tablet has unlimited storage... (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42726787)

I use the wireless portion to connect to the printer

Which requires re-buying the printer if it doesn't support the exact protocol that your device uses.

redundant (3, Insightful)

Nossie (753694) | about 2 years ago | (#42726263)

why the hell is this on slashdot? Seriously - I love apple products but this is ridiculous.

A:) It was inevitable that Apple would bring out a 128GB product
B:) I fully believe Ipads are eating into ultrabooks, surfaces and general notebook sales - but capacity is not why! Convenience is why.

Ultrabooks and notebooks still have their uses and are NOT comparable to Ipads. The only thing people have been questioning is if their usage really requires the limitations (size) of ultrabooks.

The surface and Surface Pro will likely fail on their own merits, just like the XP tablets from before.

Redundant article is redundant.

Re:redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726601)

The terrible-for-touch interface is why XP tablets failed. The Surface family doesn't have that problem as much and the keyboard covers solve the remaining bits of it. I expect them to carve out a niche from both the iPad and Ultrabook markets. I'm planning on replacing bot my Xoom and Ultrabook with a Surface Pro. I can't be the only one.

Re:redundant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726757)

Sorry shill, it really is only you.

Re:redundant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726709)

It's on Slashdot because Apple paid someone to put it on Slashdot.

What, you have a sub-million user ID and you -don't- know that this place has been nothing but veiled advertisments for almost ten years? What do you think made Malda "retire" from his own blog? As far as I'm concerned you deserve to be inundated with Apple ads if you're that fucking ignorant.

Re:redundant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726809)

Seemed like submission was an obvious shill post to me. Not sure why the moderators let this one through.

Wow! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726265)

That's amazing! A whole 128GB! Do you work for Apple!

Apple makes a ridiculous markup on flash memory! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726295)

Really, price it out.

You can find 64 GB microSD cards for $50 (or even less).

The only difference in this ipad is the amount of flash, and Apple charges an enormous markup.

And of course, since this Apple, their icrappy idevices won't accept memory cards - they don't want you using a microSD card like many other phones/tablets.

Re:Apple makes a ridiculous markup on flash memory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726587)

You can find 64 GB microSD cards for $50 (or even less).

I have a sinking suspicion that you believe this statement concerning microSD cards is even remotely relevant. Allow me to help you out: Your statement is entirely irrelevant to this discussion in the same way the statement "Hell, 64GB sticks of SDRAM are still over $300!" is entirely irrelevant to this discussion. In the future, if you wish to join the discussion intelligently, please avoid making non-sequitor and irrelevant statements. Thank you.

Re:Apple makes a ridiculous markup on flash memory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726833)

bullshit. its relevant because if they put $3-$10 of hardware on there, it could accept sd card and has the form factor to fit the slot and you could put cheap memory in.

Re:Apple makes a ridiculous markup on flash memory (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726793)

Really, price it out.

You can find 64 GB microSD cards for $50 (or even less).

The only difference in this ipad is the amount of flash, and Apple charges an enormous markup.

And of course, since this Apple, their icrappy idevices won't accept memory cards - they don't want you using a microSD card like many other phones/tablets.

Yes, the markup on extra memory on iPad might seem exorbitantly high, until you factor in that this is not regular memory like you get from Samsung and others, it is memory handpicked by virgins at full moon specially for your iPad.

Re:Apple makes a ridiculous markup on flash memory (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42726819)

You can find 64 GB microSD cards for $50 (or even less).

How much does Microsoft charge for an ExFAT license in order to be able to use microSDXC cards?

ridiculous! (3, Insightful)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#42726315)

With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

You get 100% of the software from the Apple App store, it doesn't take MicroSD, and doesn't have a USB port. Keep fucking dreaming but that's not an ultrabook.

Re:ridiculous! (3, Interesting)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 years ago | (#42726747)

When I can run Matlab at full power on a tablet at the same time as transcoding a video and doing a folding computation then I'll give the tablet a computer rating.

Re:ridiculous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726883)

If you're doing this with an ultrabook you're an idiot. There's a reason God invented ssh

Re:ridiculous! (1)

ikaruga (2725453) | about 2 years ago | (#42726835)

Recently found that bluetooth support is pretty poor too. Good luck find games/apps (outside the ones on Cydia) that work with a PS3/Wii/generic wireless controller. Not even talk about the lack of a file manager and gimped WebKit. That is notebook territory only for people who just use facebook and watch youtube videos.
But enough of Apple bashing from my part as that is beyond the point. The fact is that this article is awfully written. If storage is the necessary condition to be a notebook competitor does that mean that the 160GB iPod classic(do they even make those anymore?) is also on ultrabook territory?

More hyperbole please! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726325)

OMG! The next logical increment in storage! Genius! I can't believe it! Apple invented 128GB! It'll be years before anyone else can catch up to this!

I'm waiting for the Samsung advertisement to start...this sounds exactly like someone making fun of a rabid apple fanboi. But the commercial never starts, this is really what the editors thought was the best way to announce that there's a Malibu Stacy with a new hat.

Except it's not even a new hat, its the exact same hat with a slightly larger brim.

Re:More hyperbole please! (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | about 2 years ago | (#42726907)

When you spend your days in a Williamsburgh coffee shop, waiting for your family to send the rent check while you wait for some employer to recognize the value of your BFA in Film Studies, sometimes Apple love is all you have. Well, that and the muttonchops.

I like where this is heading (1)

emudoug42 (977380) | about 2 years ago | (#42726327)

I hope that this is an indicator of a 128 GB iphone in the future. I've held off on getting a smartphone for years because if I'm going to get more high tech gadgetry then I want it to replace my mp3 player, and 64 GB would not cut it.

Re:I like where this is heading (1)

MoronGames (632186) | about 2 years ago | (#42726431)

I have iTunes Match [apple.com] and a 16GB iPhone for this very reason. I can take my ~90GB music collection with me everywhere I go.

Re:I like where this is heading (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 2 years ago | (#42726735)

With my 80G phone, my collection will be everywhere I go regardless of how well I am connected to the grid. Besides just network performance and availability, I also never have to worry about roaming charges and bandwidth caps.

I could also attach a 128G or 256G thumb drive to my phone for added fun. Plus I can access anything. I don't have to be limited to what's in the Apple company store.

iTunes can't match what iTunes doesn't sell.

Re:I like where this is heading (2)

cyber-vandal (148830) | about 2 years ago | (#42726493)

Or you could buy a phone that allows you to add an SD card for far less than the ripoff price that Apple expects you to pay for 64GB of flash storage.

Re:I like where this is heading (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726591)

I suppose it's a bit moot right now with the crap data plan offerings American carriers are offering, but I've been perfectly fine with a 32GB iPhone even though I have ~200GB of music. I use iTunes Match and have all of my music available for streaming on Apple's server. All my music shows up like it's actually on the device and as long as I'm in a city with a decent connection (HSPA+ or LTE), I can play anything I'd like with practically no delay. Granted I do burn through upwards of 10GB/month doing so, but I have an unlimited plan so I could care less. I mostly use my local storage for apps and movies.

A computer device is getting a bigger HD! (3, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42726329)

the deuce you say, sir!

Re:A computer device is getting a bigger HD! (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 2 years ago | (#42726617)

Mmmmm, yes. And in the same price increase/size doubling as all other drives for the same device. Inconceiveable!

Impressive (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726355)

128GB of RAM, thats like 5 times more then my PC has!

The pricing is still a bit ridiculous (5, Insightful)

Bagels (676159) | about 2 years ago | (#42726363)

Logarithmic pricing or not, if you're paying a $300 premium for this version of the iPad (vs. the 16GB version), that's a seriously lousy price on flash storage; typical SSD prices these days are on the order of $180 for a 250GB SSD (and I've seen sale prices as low as $140-150). Apple's doing this with a lot of other products these days, too: the RAM on their laptops isn't user-serviceable any more, so you have to buy it built-in at hugely inflated prices.

Re:The pricing is still a bit ridiculous (4, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | about 2 years ago | (#42726603)

Yes - the 128GB version is $100 more than the 64 GB version - a difference of 64 GB - but a 64 GB SD card is less than $50 [walmart.com] .

The lack of a MicroSD slot on the Apple products is a complete racket.

Re:The pricing is still a bit ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726663)

Totally. If Apple was serious about profits like Microsoft and the ultrabook manufacturers, they'd be selling their hardware at much cheaper prices... and at a loss. I just don't know where Apple is going with all this markup on hardware... its almost like they're trying to make money. What insufferable bastards.

APPL pays about 25 cents per gigabyte flash (1)

peter303 (12292) | about 2 years ago | (#42726675)

They co-own some of the flash factories. The buy flash in massive volumes. They are not losing any money on the top upgrade and making a killing on the lowest upgrade.

Do we still hate Microsoft that much? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#42726427)

Back in the 90's and early 2000's We hated Microsoft and Apple. But if we were to choose who to hate most it would be Microsoft.
I would think with Apple Kicking Microsoft Butt for the past decade, we would changing our feelings. Sure we still hate Apple and Microsoft, but we just might want Microsoft to get some traction.

Re:Do we still hate Microsoft that much? (1)

pesho (843750) | about 2 years ago | (#42726643)

After the the debacle that was Windows Vista followed more recently by the misguided Windows 8 and Surface, hate does not seems as a good description for the attitude towards Microsoft. I think I am seeing a combination of mild amusement, disbelief and pity. May be this is the Steve Balmer's master plan: if you can't get good karma with the products you sell, at least get people to pity you rather than hate you. So far it seems to work.

Re:Do we still hate Microsoft that much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726715)

I still hate Microsoft that much.

I can avoid iStuff with little effort, but every fucking workplace is still balls-deep in Microsoft shit. MS needs to continue losing ground.

Re:Do we still hate Microsoft that much? (0)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 2 years ago | (#42726803)

NO. Microsoft has proven they cannot be trusted in any way to do the right thing. They held back computing by a DECADE. The restrictions they impose and the clear delineations between server/workstation/consumption is still horrible and destroys tons of use cases. Apple, while being a bully and a lousy citizen, is NOWHERE NEAR the assholishness and out right malice of MS. We will all be better off when MS is beaten back into a small niche company.

Well that's great (1)

larppaxyz (1333319) | about 2 years ago | (#42726439)

I just got Kingston 128GB SSD for my ultrabook and it was only 80 euros (around $100).

New model (1)

satsuke (263225) | about 2 years ago | (#42726513)

I'll look at buying a new Ipad (currently have an ipad 2) when they upgrade the base model to 32 gigs.

16GB (11.5 useable) was fine 2 years ago. If you sideload any amount of video or use some of the newer games, it'll fill up too quick. (e.g. Disney second screen media sucking up 2 gigs).

User generated RDF (2)

poity (465672) | about 2 years ago | (#42726523)

Is someone feeling the pain from his Apple heavy portfolio? Looking to recover last week's loss asap?

Bias (0)

polyp2000 (444682) | about 2 years ago | (#42726537)

". Should Microsoft be afraid? Methinks so. "
Spoken like a true Apple fanboy! And for that sort of price it will remain an item for those with more money than sense.

Seriously though - most of my "media consumption" devices are streaming over my home network or via the cloud. If i need
portable storage - USB sticks come in very high capacities these days for a fraction of the cost. Not to forget many currently available Android devices
can be expanded via SD card or USB.

So other than wanting to be the envy of my friends (NOT!) remind me why i wouldnt spend my money more wisely?

N...

Oh Brother (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726539)

Wowee wowsers woweee!!! Apple added a nifty 20 dollars worth of SDRAM and are only charging us 100 bucks more for it!

Jeepers! This sure is one keen iPad! Wait until I tell all the other nifty kids down at the malt shop!

Gee whiz! I haven't been this excited since the last time Apple made a slight spec bump to the exact same product!

Golly whee whoopty wowee wow!

Pricing Best Part?? Really?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726625)

So can you explain to me why I'm supposed to be excited about log 2 growth in pricing for these devices?? Quite to the contrary I find it ridiculous that there are two models $300 apart and the ONLY difference between them is the storage capacity. You can almost buy a Nexus 10 for the price of extra storage on that iPad. Better yet, you can buy a tablet or laptop with an SD card slot for half of the iPad and increase and swap out storage as you please.

Furthermore, given the move to online storage and streaming media why would you need to jump to 128GB over 32GB? That's not a big enough jump to let you do anything seriously storage intensive. I can't think of too many applications where the difference between 128 and 32 will make a significant difference. You still can't store your entire movie collection on it, so you'll be streaming that. Maybe you could store your whole music collection, but why bother when Google Music makes it so easy to stream? Even if you are doing serious photo/video editing, it's not like 128GB will be enough to meet all your business needs and throw out your laptop, not to mention tablets make poor external storage devices anyway.

All around this looks like just a poor deal and I'm not sure why anyone other than fanbois would get excited over it.

So will Google rethink their Nexus strategy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726633)

Google is shipping devices with pathetic amounts of internal storage and no SD card slot in an attempt to market Google Drive as a cloud storage solution. That is the single reason why I have not bought a Nexus branded device.

Re:So will Google rethink their Nexus strategy? (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 2 years ago | (#42726905)

Largely I think this move from Apple ensures they can charge $800 for a device when Google is selling something for 1/2 the price which has higher resolution and more processing power. A new display is expensive to develop, new CPU's are expensive to develop. Storage is cheap and its the quick and easy (and dirty) way for Apple to dupe millions into buying something with an obscene amount of profit margin by spending a few extra dollars on the storage chips they put in the "new" iPad. I will stake my life on the fact that near 80% of the people buying the new 128gb iPad will probably not even use 1/4 of the storage a year later.

In the same breath, Apple just released commentary about how quickly iCloud has grown and claim that cloud services is the future of their company. Apple has become champions of schizophrenic business decisions. They want the cloud to be huge, but then they release a larger capacity iPad. They claim its the post-PC era but then revamp their entire Mac lineup to be more attractive and competitive. Its almost like everything Apple does these days is negated by something else they do.

Any wonder why investors are skittish? Apple has lost all focus other then to make money. Its a shame that this year will probably be full of shitty tactics like this only to try and gain more profit.

lolled at log 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726651)

:)

Not targeting Windows 8 Pro tablets (yet) (1)

bbarbour (2708031) | about 2 years ago | (#42726653)

When the iPad can run all native Mac OS apps and contains a complete desktop environment... When they stop inventing new proprietary connections and provide a USB 3.0 port... When they provide some form of SD card support be it Micro to full... Only then will I compare an iPad to a Win 8 Pro tablet. I'm not saying it won't happen, but Apple needs practice what they preach. We hate Microsoft because they don't follow standards and yet Apple gets more and more proprietary every day :(. 128GB does not a better iPad make!

Real Question (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 years ago | (#42726693)

Great! We now have tablets that have 100+GB of Storage, my question is who really cares? There are really three camps when it comes to computers, the mobile ( aka tablets ), The portable ( aka laptops / ultrabooks ) and Desktop Computing. Who wants to blur the lines? I don't see a real case where I want to use my playbook or iPad as my laptop, in the same way I would NEVER expect my laptop to act in the same capacity as my desktop. Each stage has a certain power level in terms of computation ability and they don't blur well at all, I simply can't do the same work across them and I'm okay with that. So now that we have 100+GB tablets who cares? I still can't use my tablet for what I can use my laptop for and I can't use my laptop for what I use my desktop for.

Only stupid people think so (5, Insightful)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 2 years ago | (#42726699)

The whole point of Surface Pro is to actually develop apps on it, its a hybrid device that is a little tablet and a little laptop. Only stupid people think that iPad with 128gb of storage is intended to compete with Surface Pro, or Ultrabooks for that matter.

Until Apple allows the iPad to support content creation (true content creation, not the limited "hold your hands" approach to content creation that it currently has), then I don't think anybody should confuse iPad in the same market as Ultrabooks, or the jack of all trades Surface Pro.

MS: "I'm thinking...triangles next!" (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 years ago | (#42726721)

At some point Apple will keep Microsoft's heartbeat going, just like Microsoft did for Apple, pre return of Jobs, to fend off busybodies in government who wanted to be heroes in anti-monopoly attacks.

Oh wait. Chrome and Android exist. n/m. Sucks to be Microsoft.

No big deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42726813)

It may have equivalent memory, but it's still the same old crappy ipad, with locked in ecosystem.

Cool (1)

koan (80826) | about 2 years ago | (#42726877)

Then maybe they can add a keyboard that clam shells up against the screen, you could set it on your lap then, what would we call that...hmmm... laptop!!!

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