Apple readying new ‘Ultimate’ iPad with Retina display

By , Jan 27, 2013

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9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has received word from sources, which indicate Apple’s eventual release of a brand new SKU in the full-sized iPad lineup. The report aligns well with the 128GB iOS device finding that we posted in the early hours this morning.

Interestingly, Gurman’s sources pinpoint the exact device lineup that the SKU is targeted to hit — the full-sized forth generation iPad with Retina Display.

As per normal Apple internal designations, this latest SKU is labeled Ultimate, which, obviously, indicates that it is a step above the GOOD (16GB), BETTER (32GB), and BEST (64GB) models. Although nothing can be 100% confirmed about the features of this new model, given the findings as of late, it’s highly probable that the upgrade will include a storage bump.

Along with 128GB of storage space, the Ultimate designation may carry with it additional features, but the design will remain consistent with that of current fourth-gen models. 9to5Mac conjectures that this new SKU could be made exclusively for specific agencies — i.e. universities, government, etc. For a few more interesting tidbits, check out the complete post at the link below.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • jose castro

    Lol pretty much a regular ipad.. Layout and all lol…

  • Chuck Norris

    My iPad got stolen and the thief was running away from me until I shouted “I’m Chuck Norris.” He just stopped and handed me my iPad and received a roundhouse kick.

  • Matt Arnold

    Wow so 128 GB storage bump suddenly makes this the ultimate iPad? Please, this storage bump should have been done years ago. In fact 128 GB should be the bottom end.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      Yeah well it’s apple sooo

      • Matt Arnold

        :D understood

    • Kurt

      i agree…i just hope there won’t be any software differences that the other ipads won’t be getting. but knowing apple there likely may just be. hopefully not though.

      • Matt Arnold

        I agree the Bank of America app doesn’t work right now because it requires 6.0.2 and only the iphone 5 and ipad mini have that version. Least thats what some BOA CS rep said but they are probably full of it since its BOA.

      • Kurt

        i dont mean 3rd party apps, i was referring software features that apple puts into each iOS and limits some of them to older devices. back in ios4.0 the 3gs didn’t get find my iphone even though its capable. and iphone 4 didnt’ get siri even though its capable, etc. i would hate to see the 128gb ipad 5 get some extra feature that the other ipad 5′s dont’ get. i’f it’s not patented i’d love to see the ipad get split screen. and i would hate if the 128gb ipad 5 got it and not the other ipad 5s.

      • Matt Arnold

        Totally agree Apple has liked to play the incremental upgrade game and now this isn’t working anymore look at the stock price they have to make the next devices worthwhile for people.

      • Kurt

        i never once expected their stock price to climb to 1,000 as so many said, but i was surprised it turn down so fast and hard. every company that is on top will loose because they fail to keep innovating. apple quit two years ago. i personally don’t think they will start innovating like they ought to. you can get away with having a computer look the same every year for many years. but a phone? seriously the front of the device looks almost identical to iphone 2G from 2007. and the front is the part you look at most. and the OS hasn’t changed. i need change, change is fresh, exciting…apple does not deliver. but i can have hope for the future. but i don’t unfortunately. so no more iphone for me. but ill stick with the ipad till something better comes along.

      • Matt Arnold

        Couldn’t agree more! I have an iPad 3 right now and personally I think the surface pro or another tablet that allows handwriting is more interesting to me as a student.

      • Kurt

        oh yeah that surface has an excellent handwriting feature where you can put your palm down and still write. I really believe that windows 8 tablets will be the most popular tablets (but not until they get more apps). i’m pretty excited, but since the apps aren’t there yet, id rather buy a future tablet when the apps are there and the tablet will have better specs then. is the galaxy note tab a contender for you? i dont know much at all about android but i love the features in the Galaxy note and galaxy note tab with the split screen and s-pen. plus the other plethora of features they have like watching videos in small windows on top of your other programs

      • http://www.matthewjamesarnold.com/ Matt Arnold

        I agree about waiting for now as well with windows 8 as the software isn’t there or current software isn’t very compatible yet, I will wait for the second gen devices probably. The Galaxy Note is something I am still looking at especially since the openness of Android allows apps to have more features and connections to other services that Apple shuns. I basically want it if I take notes on a tablet for one the notes have to be legible something the iPad can’t do even with those expensive techy pens (iPen) and second I have to be able to share those notes seamlessly across multiple cloud services not only for backup but also to be able to edit on a more feature rich platform like a PC. The overall goal is to make notes more useful across my academic life and future on in my career.

    • MarcPhilippeB

      Yeah, sure. “Years ago”. Years ago there wasn’t even an iPad. Like everybody would need AT LEAST 128 GB. Stop exaggerating, kid.

      • Matt Arnold

        SSD’s are not a new concept and they are pretty cheap OEM even the ones used in idevices, Apple just liked to play the incremental upgrade game and now this isn’t working anymore look at the stock price they have to make the next devices worthwhile for people.

      • Kurt

        i’m with you on this one. im sick of the 32gb being 100 bucks more than the 16 and the 64 being 100 bucks more than the 32 and the 128 will be 100 more than the 64? too many idiots who don’t complain and let apple have a pass on this. look at when we complain we get change, apple makes moves and moves quickly. apple maps anyone? but then again, if you are having problems with apple’s maps, you are just holding it wrong

      • Matt Arnold

        HAHA!

      • MarcPhilippeB

        So just don’t buy Apple products anymore. Problem solved.

    • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

      HAHA and prices would start at $800. who are you kidding.

      • Matt Arnold

        Shocker!!! :O Apple makes WAY more money than what the device costs to produce cause Flash is only getting cheaper…

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        flash is getting cheaper but 128gb in a device for $500? that’s probably at break even. I like cheap gadgets but it’s folly to ask a company to operate at breakeven.

      • Matt Arnold

        …Amazon…I think they are doing fine. Actually they lose money on there devices, but they make there money off the app store. Now I realize it is different with Apple they don’t have Amzon.com that sells billions of different things, but Apple could take a slight cut in there profit margins from their devices to allow for cheaper devices they can;t do break even, but they don’t have to as SSD doesn’t cost that much and is only getting cheaper.

  • Ahmadjoon

    I knew apple will never ever release a X.1 version without a new device and thats why we saw a beta 5! Release without no improvment just a little wifi improvements

    • Kurt

      have they done this each time they released a x.1 increment? are you sure??

      • Ahmadjoon

        3.1 iPad 1 5.1 iPad 3 but im not sure about 4.1

      • Kurt

        thats really interesting. i never realized that….maybe 4.1 was ipod touch 4th gen? but 4.1 was the first iOS version for the apple TV 2nd gen. if i remember there was no ios 4.2, in beta they had 4.2 then all of a sudden then released it as 4.2.1 which was when ipad finally got to upgrade from 3.1.3. interesting theory you got. thanks for sharing it

      • Ahmadjoon

        Youre welcome!

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

        iPad was 3.2… Until iOS 5.1 the x.1s were released with the new iPod touch.

      • Ahmadjoon

        Oh sorry ive made a mistake!

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Apple better solve the image retention issues plaguing the iPad 4 displays first before adding a more ‘premium’ model and asking a hefty price for it.

    • SimonReidy

      I haven’t heard about this. It is a common problem?

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Google for ” image persistence iPad” or “image retention iPad” and see for yourself. If you neglect “iPad” in the searc hthe first results will be for another product, surprisingly apple’s own MBP with retina display! It is a known issue of LG displays, that’s why it affects the some rMBPs, some iPad2s and many iPad4s.

      • SimonReidy

        Thanks for the info. Was just reading about it then. Very disappointing quality control for Apple. You’re right that it does seem to be all down to whether you get lumped with an second-rate LG display.

        I’ll definitely be holding onto my iPad3 until the iPad 5 is out.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        You are welcome. It seems odd that everyone went mad about iPhone 5′s scuff gate and no one is mentioning this issue, which is more sinister and serious IMO. iDB for example never reported it.

    • MarcPhilippeB

      Blablabla.

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

      This is not just an iPad 4 Problem, I had the same on my iPad 2. My iPad 4 doesn’t have any problems.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I have it on my iPad 2 as well, and since there are no apple stores in my country I can’t get a replacement. I noticed it about 6 months after purchase.

  • Falk M.

    16GB is base still?

    FFS… Apple, if you want to position iPad as a PC/post PC device you need to beef up that storage quite a bit.

    16GB needs to die already, let alone those ridiculous 8GB models of iPhone.
    What’s up with that? 5 bucks saved on the BOM? Hoo-flipping-ray… *eyeroll*

    Meanwhile the iPod Classic is having a good laugh, although it can’t even use the space in the same way…
    It’s all messed up at the moment.

  • FlamingOzone

    Instead of improving the iPad, they should just invent something entirely new