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Apple Release A New iPad Amid No Singing And Dancing

How much?!?!

Something strange is afoot, Apple have revised the iPad and they have announced the new version with a press release, not with a conference and four minute long TV advert featuring the latest pop sensation.

Admittedly, the new version isn’t much to sing and dance about as all they have done is increased the onboard storage from 64GB to 128GB. Apart from that everything else is identical to the old fourth generation iPad with Retina display.

“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,” commented Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller.

Now the exciting bit, guess how much the new iPad will cost the lucky Americans who will doubtless be setting up camp outside Apple stores as I type? $799 for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Yep, over $900 to play Angry Birds.

The new models will be released in the US on February 5th, expect them on these shores around the same time.

Source: Press Release.

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35 Comments
  1. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Jesus Christ, anyone buying one for that price needs their head testing.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:31.
    • Lewis Murray
      Banned
      Since: Nov 2009

      This comment is hidden.

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 19:58.
    • BrendanCalls
      Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
      Since: Forever

      Anyone buying one for that price, surely has enough disposable cash to buy me one.
      Keep it in mind, Anyone :-D

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 20:39.
  2. jeccross
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Surely same price range as the full windows 8 tablets – but with less capability.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:33.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      good point, that these might be a measure to sit next to the Surface Pro.

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:36.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Doubling the HDD doesn’t make the iPad any more productive when compared to a Surface Pro. For that money you could get a refurbished Macbook (Air).

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 20:44.
      • gideon1451
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        It’d be flash storage rather than a HDD – sorry to be pedantic.

        Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 20:02.
  3. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    “Yep, over $900 to play Angry Birds.”

    “300,000 native iPad apps”

    :/

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:36.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Of which around 0.1% are actually worth using

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 16:02.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 17:22.
      • SilverCider
        Member
        Since: Jan 2011

        You consider even 300 apps worth using? :P

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 20:50.
  4. matthangzhou
    Member
    Since: Sep 2010

    “Yep, over $900 to play Angry Birds”

    Ahh this did make me laugh. As despite obviously so many more applications most iPads are horrendously underused/overpowered depending on how you look at it.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:40.
  5. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    I’m interested to see what Apple do next with desktop vs tablet OS. Since Windows 8 is starting to gain a little traction (even though it’s frigging horrible as a normal desktop OS) I wonder if Apple will look to consolidate Mac OS and iOS in some way.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:44.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      they’ve already made big moves towards that with so much of the gesture stuff and the Launchpad trying to usurp the applications folder. I think you’re right though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more moves in that direction, culminating in a touchscreen MacBook Pro in a couple of years.

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 15:47.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        So far they’ve only really introduced iOS stuff to the Mac OS side. I’d like it to be the other way around.

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 20:58.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      its just windows 7 with a new start, horrible.

      Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 05:58.
      • plutoniumdragon
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        I have Windows 8 on my Games machine, it’s ok but I have it set to boot straight to desktop and with the start button put back.
        I use it because it’s supposed to have better security and newer drivers. And because the upgrade didn’t cost me anything.

        Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 13:31.
  6. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    And next month they release a 256GB for $1500!

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 16:00.
  7. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    On the subject of price, it’s just Apple’s standard tiers. From the base $499 for 16GB, each jump in storage is $100, and then 3G is $129 on top. Hence, $799 and $929.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 16:32.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Oh, and they don’t make big deals about minor spec bumps unless they feel like announcing it alongside another major announcement which they’d be doing anyway.

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 16:39.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Quite. Apple TV got a minor bump this week too, I think.

        The press conference will be for iPad 5. As normal.

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 17:21.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      And yet you can get a 64g USB stick for about $60, so what’s the other $140 for?

      Oh yes, it’s sheeple tax.

      *runs*

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 17:30.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        I’m not saying it isn’t expensive, I’m just saying that it follows their pattern to the letter.

        $100 for an extra 64GB is a bargain compared to $100 for 16GB further down the food chain.

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 18:21.
  8. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Seriously, that’s not “a new iPad”, that’s just a model with increased storage capacity. Does this even belong as news on a site like this?

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 17:21.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Yes. Any excuse to annoy Alex :)

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 17:23.
      • Kennykazey
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        Fair enough. :-P

        Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 18:54.
  9. avengerrr
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    Jeez Apple are boring and elitist. I got Angry Birds (several editions) free and have played them on a much cheaper xperia handset. Are people that obsessed with portable media apps to spend $900???

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 17:30.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      No, but people consume an enormous amount of media and often want a screen that’s internet-ready but away from the confines of a desktop PC. All the tablets provide that option if you don’t want a laptop. It’s just that this is shockingly expensive.

      Not that I have a tablet to begin with but I’m very aware as to how people consume their internet/media on the damned things! :-)

      Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 21:47.
      • avengerrr
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        As you say it is indeed the price, I can see a tablet being useful on move, commuting or at uni. But there are some who buy expensive apple products anyway and they do offer unique features and service base, but still when one can get a nexus for £199, $900 or any of the £400 current tablets just seem like iconography for the upper class.

        When I started Uni there was discounts on electronics for students but it was just apple macs @ £700+. No student can afford that unless they have a well to do family, and still I bought mine (Samsung) for £330 and is portable, sturdy and does the job. Again, that is my moan for the day. 0.0. Apple Ipods makes sense, but the rest seems startlingly excessive.

        Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 00:48.
    • avengerrr
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      Mind this all makes me wonder yet again about flash memory prices. SSD’s are expensive, Vita’s memory is expensive (I mean imagine a 64GB memory stick @ say £135). I can’t imagine any tablet needs 128Gb in one go. I mean with these devices you can always swap stuff around with the PC at the weekend. A PC needs 1TB because obviously it is a PC, but will any buyer of a 128GB really use it all up.

      Comment posted on 30/01/2013 at 00:55.
  10. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    The other day Sony announced two ‘new’ PS3s. Same, but new colours.

    Via a press release.

    Comment posted on 29/01/2013 at 18:26.

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