Last week, Apple announced its most high-end tablet to date, a 128GB iPad with Retina display (starting at $799), available today at the Apple online store, Apple retail stores, and select authorized resellers nationwide.
The 128GB model is available in black or white, for $799 with WiFi and $929 for WiFi + Cellular. Like other fourth-generation iPads, the tablet is LTE-ready with a 9.7-inch Retina display at 264 ppi, A6X chip with quad-core graphics, 720p FaceTime HD video camera, 5MP iSight camera with 1080p video, and 10-hour battery life.
The release of the high-capacity storage iPad marks Apple's entrance into the high-performance tablet/laptop market, spearheaded by Microsoft's Surface Pro, which is set for a Feb. 9 release date. Apple may have strategically added the 128GB iPad just days ahead of the Surface Pro's launch, hoping to woo customers on the fence.
Microsoft's Surface Pro (priced at a similarly hefty $999 for 128GB) runs a full Windows 8 desktop operating system. While Apple's mobile operating system is not quite at that performance level, the iPad still takes the top spot as the bestselling tablet on the market.