With the 128 iPad with Retina Display officially released, should you buy it?
Reports earlier this week indicated Apple was getting ready to release their own 128 GB iPad, a response to the $900 Microsoft Surface Pro, but no one knew exactly when Apple would release the new iPad. According to a press release on the Apple website, the company decided to release it this morning, getting ready for distribution on Tuesday. But, the question is, should you buy it?
Yes, you should absolutely buy the new 128 GB iPad 4 with Retina Display if you have $900+ dollars to spend. But, other than that, I don't see why you should. The new 128 GB iPad is clearly designed for a specific demographic -- business owners that need the full computing power and space of a computer, but the mobility of a tablet. Apple, in their press release, even explained who would actually buy such a pricey, yet powerful, device.
"Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity."
People, most likely businessmen, who use those apps and editing software will probably find the most use from the 128GB iPad 4, certainly a powerful machine, but something that certainly puts a dent into your wallet.
The average user really should think twice before they purchase the 128 GB iPad. While iPad and other tablets have certainly become extremely powerful over the past couple of years, the simple fact of it is that tablets can't replace a laptop or desktop computer ... yet. The Wi-Fi and LTE 128 GB iPad costs $929, which is almost as pricey as the cheapest model of the Macbook Air. And, as an owner of the 11" Macbook Air, I can say that after purchasing my Macbook, I noticed a significant drop-off in how much I used my iPad and a change in what I used it for. Instead of surfing the net on my iPad, I would just bring my Macbook Air everywhere (it's really as light as a feather). For students and young professionals, there isn't really a reason where you will utilize the full capacity of the 128 GB iPad, so you're better off buying a cheaper one (the iPad Mini looks pretty good) or a brand new Macbook, which will cost almost as much as the 128 GB iPad.
The 128 GB iPad with Retina Display will be available for purchase next Tuesday, Feb. 5, in black or white, at $799 for the Wi-Fi only version and $929 for a Wi-Fi and LTE capable model. You can buy it at Apple.com, Apple retail stores or Apple.