Apple Drops the iPad 2, Brings Back the iPad 4 with Retina Display

iPad with Retina Display

Apple has revamped the lower / older end of their iPad lineup. They have discontinued the iPad 2 line, and brought back the 4th gen iPad – or iPad with Retina Display as it’s listed in their online store.

The iPad 4 is available right now in 16GB WiFi and WiFi + Cellular models – priced at $399 and $529 respectively – and available in black and white models.

This is effectively a nice little step up for the lower end of the full-size iPad lineup. The iPad 2 was a heck of a great device, but as a 3-year old device it’s hard to compete with the current lineup of tablets from Apple and other vendors. The iPad 4 has excellent specs and features for the price point it’s offered at.

You can see all the details on the new / old iPad 4 and the full iPad lineup at this Apple Store page.

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Refurbished 128GB iPad 4 Models Now Available

Refurbished 128GB iPads

 

Refurbished 128GB iPad 4 models are now available directly from Apple. These are the iPad 4th gen or iPad with Retina display models – with 128GB storage capacity.

There are currently white and black WiFi only models available at Apple’s online store – priced at $679. That price is 15% off, a savings of $120 on the price of a new model. There’s also a white 128GB WiFi + Cellular model for $789 – $140 off the price of a new model.

The 128GB iPad with Retina display models were initially released in January of this year, and have these key specs listed:

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
9.7-inch Retina display
5-megapixel iSight camera
FaceTime HD camera
1080p HD video recording
Dual-core A6X chip
10-hour battery life
Smart covers (sold separately), instant on
Multi-Touch screen
1.44 pounds and 0.37 inch

If you’ve got a need for 128GB on your iPad, this is a good deal to look at. I’ve bought refurb mobile devices from Apple in the past and always had stellar experiences with them.

You can check on these offers at this Apple Certified Refurbished page.

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New 128GB iPad Available Today

128GB iPad

As expected, Apple has made the new 128GB models of the iPad with Retina Display (aka iPad 4) available today.

The new 128GB models are available in black or white and are priced at $799 for the WiFi only model and $929 for the WiFi + Cellular model.

Shipping time for the WiFi only model is listed as 1-3 business days. I called my local Apple store this morning and they have the WiFi only models available, but are not sure as yet about when they’ll have the WiFi + Cellular units in stock.

Are any of you planning to get a 128GB iPad this week?

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Rumor Confirmed: Apple Releasing 128GB iPad with Retina Display Next Week

iPad with Retina Display

Wow, that latest iPad rumor took just about no time at all to prove true. Today Apple has announced a new 128GB version of the iPad 4, or 4th generation iPad with Retina display. The new version will double up the maximum storage capacity for both WiFi only and WiFi + Cellular models of the iPad 4.

Apple’s press release on this is aimed squarely at the business and enterprise market and cites a number of examples of the sorts of uses that make the doubled up storage extremely useful.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”
iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

The new 128GB versions of the iPad 4 will be available starting next Tuesday, February 5, via Apple retail and online stores and other Apple Authorized resellers. They’ll be available in black and white and priced at $799 for the WiFi only model and $929 for the WiFi + Cellular.

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Do You Want a 128GB iPad?

128GB iPad

Would you be interested in an iPad with 128GB of storage?  It looks like we may soon be seeing one if 9to5Mac and their un-named sources are correct. They say Apple is preparing to release a single additional iPad model, as an additional model in the iPad 4th gen lineup.

Here’s their sum-up on what’s know about this new model:

    • It is a fourth-generation iPad, not a new design.
    • It comes in both the current black and white color options.
    • It comes in both WiFi-only and WiFi + Cellular versions.
    • It is a more premium SKU that will join the current line of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB fourth-generation iPads.
    • 10-pack deals (in both colors) for educational institutions will be offered.

In an update on their original post, 9to5Mac have said prices will be $799 for a WiFi only model and $929 for WiFi + Cellular. There is also some speculation that this new model might be for specific markets – like education or government for example.

If Apple does release a 128GB iPad 4 over the next few months, would you be rushing to grab one? I think if there is no other upgrade to the iPad then I would still stick with my iPad 3 – and await a hopefully lighter, slimmer, more iPad mini like model later in the year.

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