What Fits In a 128 GB Apple iPad?
The new 128 GB model could be mobile library, record story or film archive.
Is bigger always better? Apple is betting that it is with a new iPad packing 128GB of storage, twice as much as its entry-level MacBook Air. The tablet carries an appropriately massive price tag, too, starting at $799
And that buys a lot of storage. But based on its press release, Apple is betting that this will be perfect for "enterprises, educators and artists."
For those who appreciate their entertainment on the go — whether it's movies, songs or interactive apps and games — the 128 GB iPad could make sense, too. It provides far more room to add bigger games, such as Marvel Entertainment's "Avengers Alliance" (1.54 GB) and "Infinity Blade II" (1.03 GB).
To give you an idea of just how much the 128 GB model can carry, we've broken it down in comparison to the entry-level ($499) 16 GB model. (Keep in mind these stats only apply after you download the latest update for your device from Apple.) [See also: How Can I Free Up Space On My iPad?]
While the 16 GB iPad can store only two to three high-definition movies (running around 3 to 4 GB apiece), the 128 GB iPad can store a whopping 18 to 20 high-definition films. If you prefer standard definition, you have more breathing room, with the 16 GB storing nine movies and the 128 GB model capable of 78 to 80. That's a movie library right there.
While the 16 GB iPad seems like a capable jukebox, the 128 GB weighs in as a record shop. The original model can stock up to 100 music albums, or around 1,200 songs, while the 128 GB device will store up to 800 albums, or 6,000 songs. That will last you for an awfully long road trip.
Considering most ebooks don't take up a lot of space, both devices provide enough room for you to get a lot of reading done. The 16 GB iPad holds up to 450 ebooks (regular and animated combined, including offerings like "Toy Story Interactive Storybook"). However, if you really want to carry around a library, consider the 128 GB iPad's ability to store 3,800 to 4,000 ebooks.
Finally, let's get to games, which are picking up in popularity, with more top-of-the-line developments releasing as of late, such as Rovio's "Angry Birds Star Wars." Game size ranges all over the place, from smaller word games like "Ruzzle" (18.7 MB) to the gigabyte-plus–sized titles like the ones mentioned above.
If you stick with smaller games, you can put up to 450 of them on your 16 GB device, or go all out and install 3,900 to 4,000 on the new iPad. For those who prefer bigger and better entertainment, the 16 GB tablet will only let you install 15 large games, whereas the 128 GB version really opens up, with capacity for 140 to 150 large games, depending on just how big they get.
This latest iPad will arrive in U.S. stores on Feb. 5th and will set you back $799 for the Wi-Fi–only model or $929 if you want to go all out with 4G LTE support.