Verizon, AT&T to carry 128 GB iPad

January 30, 2013

This Tuesday, you’ll have plenty of options of where to buy a 128 GB iPad.

Verizon Wireless and AT&T confirmed they’ll be carrying Wi-Fi+cellular models of the iPad that features triple digit storage — doubling its previous maximum capacity.

Apple quietly announced via a press release that it’s now offering a 128 GB iPad, likely in an effort to offer something comparable to the Microsoft Surface Pro, which will release next month.

Apple is also likely banking on moving up its minimum storage on an iPad from 16 GB to 32 GB. It might give them a reason to raise the price on the device (The 128 GB iPad costs $799 for a Wi-Fi only model and $929 if you add 4G LTE capability), although it seems that Apple would retian the $500 price point, even with 32 GB of storage.

128 GB iPad vs. Microsoft Surface

Typically when a device like the iPad says it comes with 128 GB of storage, it’s always less than the actual number. That’s because the operating system on the device requires storage.

The same goes for the Microsoft Surface. Unfortunately for Microsoft’s new tablet, users are going to get significantly less free space.

While the iPad has 125 GB of free space, the Surface only has 83 GB. Even worse: The 64 GB only has 19 GB.

And if you didn’t think it could get worse, Microsoft was actually justifying those numbers by saying they’re tablet has USB 3.0 and an SD card slot that users can use to increase their storage exponentially.

I don’t know, when you say 128 GB, you better be damn close to that number. For $1,000, the Microsoft Surface is certainly a shady device.

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