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Topic # 113859 30-Jan-2013 11:23
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What do you make of this?  I haven't seen Apple announce a product like this without holding an event since I don't know when.  Very very odd.  They usually hold an event and use something like this to pad out the time spent on stage before they announce their flagship product update/introduction.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/01/29Apple-Increases-iPad-with-Retina-Display-to-128GB.html




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  Reply # 753177 30-Jan-2013 11:41
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  Reply # 753180 30-Jan-2013 11:45
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Yeah, you get the feeling that Apple are running scared all of a sudden. They seem to have plateaued (admittedly at Everest levels) but it seems the only way is down from here.

Cue the share price to skyrocket ;o)

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  Reply # 753185 30-Jan-2013 11:46
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I'm really rather pleased that it's finally come about.

I agree that it's strange not to have a fanfare of some sort...maybe there's something better coming from the competition?





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  Reply # 753187 30-Jan-2013 11:47
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Its just an increase in the drive size, nothing else has changed hardware wise. Not really worth holding a press conference for this alone, although it is apple! Glad to see common sense prevailed!

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  Reply # 753188 30-Jan-2013 11:49
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Makes sense, wonder how much more it will cost here?



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  Reply # 753191 30-Jan-2013 11:52
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garvani: Its just an increase in the drive size, nothing else has changed hardware wise. Not really worth holding a press conference for this alone, although it is apple! Glad to see common sense prevailed!


Loads of Apple products with simple spec bumps have been announced at events, granted they usually roll them up into one event but still.

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  Reply # 753196 30-Jan-2013 11:56
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in the USA its a $100 more for 64GB more, which seems a lot.




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vexxxboy: in the USA its a $100 more for 64GB more, which seems a lot.


$100 for double the space, in this case $100 for another 64gb, seems like a good deal to me. However when it comes to NZ and it turns out to be $200 to go from 64gb to 128gb, thats not so flash.

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  Reply # 753201 30-Jan-2013 12:09
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Yea, it's only a size upgrade for one product. It's not that much of a big deal to hold an event just for that one simple announcement.

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  Reply # 753207 30-Jan-2013 12:22
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dacraka: Yea, it's only a size upgrade for one product. It's not that much of a big deal to hold an event just for that one simple announcement.


And if Apple had held an event it would have been pilloried for it, 

They quietly added a fusion drive option to low end 21 inch iMacs this month, so adding a 128GB iPad is really just an equally small update.....

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  Reply # 753208 30-Jan-2013 12:30
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garvani:
vexxxboy: in the USA its a $100 more for 64GB more, which seems a lot.


$100 for double the space, in this case $100 for another 64gb, seems like a good deal to me. However when it comes to NZ and it turns out to be $200 to go from 64gb to 128gb, thats not so flash.


Why is that a good deal?

If you go to amazon and check the price of a 64GB SD card, or if you prefer, the difference between a 64GB and 128GB, more bits don't cost that much.





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  Reply # 753218 30-Jan-2013 12:52
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It will cost a stupidly disportionate amount extra for a nominally more expensive internal memory, that's just how Apple rolls (others too, but not to the extent that Apple tends to take things).

Still though, if I ever decide that tablets don't suck, at least it now has nearly enough storage for me to think about it.




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  Reply # 753259 30-Jan-2013 13:48
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garvani:
vexxxboy: in the USA its a $100 more for 64GB more, which seems a lot.


$100 for double the space, in this case $100 for another 64gb, seems like a good deal to me. However when it comes to NZ and it turns out to be $200 to go from 64gb to 128gb, thats not so flash.


I would guess it will be $150 here in NZ, 

In the US ipad pricing is 499,599,699 for a 16,32,64GB wifi ipad respectively ($100 increments)
While here is is $150 increments, 729,879,1029, for the same devices, if they follow the same routine the 128GB wifi in NZ will be $1179.... 



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  Reply # 753269 30-Jan-2013 14:10
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They would have done it to give the ipad a point of difference over the mini, as I suspect the mini is canalizing sales of the ipad. I would like to see a bigger screened ipad by making the surround smaller like the mini. If it was lighter it probably wouldn't need such a wide border, which has always made it look dated. The mini has the border right.

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  Reply # 753277 30-Jan-2013 14:17
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Waiting for the inevitable retina equipped iPad mini...

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