128GB Retina iPad Released—With 3G It Will Cost Over A Grand / The Microsoft Surface Pro May Prevail

I was actually typing this on Tumblr at fist, but I kept writing, so I figured I’d throw it on here. I love having that option now, and the readers love it 🙂 — Even though I’m not an iPhone user anymore, doesn’t mean I’ve given up the title as Apple fan-boy Numero Uno. My next cellphone upgrade will probably be the 5S to be honest. (I’ll talk more about that soon)

“The 128-gigabyte version of the fourth-generation iPad are available starting Tuesday, Feb. 5 in black or white. They will have a suggested retail price of $799 for the Wi-Fi-only model, while the cellular-capable model will sell for $929.”

According to AppleInsider, the prices will be quite high as stated above… Just about, or above a grand after shipping and tax sounds a bit too high for most, although—there’s still the 64GB model, which will be more than enough for many.

Much more after the BREAK!:

Who will actually buy this thing?

Now who are these monsters suited for? Who needs 128GB on a tablet? All I can think of is someone who uses a music app on the device full-time (myself included), or those using it as a portable hard-drive—OR non-personal uses, which is kind of a little bit of both.

In announcing the new 128-gigabyte iPad, Apple boasted that virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploy or test the iPad. It noted that companies use large amounts of data, including 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos, and service manuals.”

3D CAD files can get huge, as well as video files. If not already, sometime soon the iPad will be able to do some serious video editing. It’s already capable of being an intermediate level audio interface—so it’s about time there be an alternative to iMovie that can do more powerful tasks.

On The Surface

What we need to realize here is that the iPad only runs a mobile OS. It doesn’t (yet) have an option to use a full-fledged version of Mac OS X on it. If that were the case, 128GB wouldn’t be close to enough for Prosumers like myself. In the mobile climate, most people can get away with 16GB, and the other half, 32GB.

This is where Microsoft actually competes with Apple for once. The Surface has an RT option, as well as the upcoming Pro version. The RT Surface has a cut-down, bare-bones version of Windows 8, featuring only the ability to run Metro apps from the Microsoft Store—plus Microsoft Office 2013.

The upcoming Surface Pro boasts a full version of Windows 8 Professional, which is almost unheard of in the tablet market. This is what I thought Apple would come up with from the start, since they’re always pushing limits with innovation. Instead they blew up the resolution of Apple’s iOS, and added a few easter-eggs within the apps.

The way Apple works—they wait until the last minute; after everyone has their cards dealt, then they jump out and throw down a flush hand right when everyone thinks they’ve got it right. We all think the others have gotten it right, until Apple throws down their cards. They’re still able to make mistakes though. I believe they should have done something like the Surface Pro with the iPad, ages ago; even from the start.

Conclusion: The Surface Pro will be the first time in a while Apple has had a legitimate challenge in their own markets. No one has surrendered just yet, but we know Apple has the game by the balls, and they know it. Lets hope Apple can come back with an iPad running OS X, which will change everything, again. It’s their bazooka in their pocket.

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