iPad When will Apple offer 256GB?

SlyMaster13

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Eventually some day there will be much more storage than we can imagine. If not that, then they might find a way to minimize the amount of storage the things on our devices are using.
 

mtneer

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Can happen anytime. After all, 128GB was first introduced as a quiet refresh to the iPad 4 without much fanfare.
 

newellj

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Eventually some day there will be much more storage than we can imagine. If not that, then they might find a way to minimize the amount of storage the things on our devices are using.
I wonder if it's more like the old "expenses rise to meet income" dictum? On the other hand, Apple seems to think that we are all ready to take a leap into the world of wireless, remote "cloud"-based storage. I spend too much time each day out of wireless range to think that's anything other than a horrible idea from my own perspective.
 

Kal-037

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When will Apple offer 256GB?
When the Angels win the pennant. ;) (sorry, whenever someone phrases a question the way you did, I always think of the "Angels in The Outfield" movie quote.) ha ha, ;)
In all seriousness though, I am thinking gen 2 or 3 of the iPad Pro, Apple might offer 256. I personally don't even use more than 30-40, so I find 128GB for a tablet to be plenty.... But that's just me. ;)


Kal.
 

nbourbaki

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Obviously, it wouldn't be hard to do from an engineering standpoint. Would they drop the low tier of storage and offer 64, 128, 256gb? Apple likes to hit a price point and high quality flash hasn't dropped enough to absorb the cost and adding another tier of storage just complicates their supply chain.

Also since we are still stuck on USB 2.0 speeds with the lightning connector, fully loading a 256gb would take a lot of time. I just had to reload my 128gb, and it took a lot longer than I remembered. I think if they upgraded Lightning to USB 3 speed or just gave us a USB-C Gen 3.1 port, it would make 256gb of storage a lot more practical.
 

Liquinn

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Obviously, it wouldn't be hard to do from an engineering standpoint. Would they drop the low tier of storage and offer 64, 128, 256gb? Apple likes to hit a price point and high quality flash hasn't dropped enough to absorb the cost and adding another tier of storage just complicates their supply chain.

Also since we are still stuck on USB 2.0 speeds with the lightning connector, fully loading a 256gb would take a lot of time. I just had to reload my 128gb, and it took a lot longer than I remembered. I think if they upgraded Lightning to USB 3 speed or just gave us a USB-C Gen 3.1 port, it would make 256gb of storage a lot more practical.
True - it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next few yeas but having a 128GB iPad air makes 16GB seem like nothing in comparison. Would they do this? 16, 128 and 256 or 32/64, 128 and 256? I guess we'll soon tell with time. :)
 

nbourbaki

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I'm with you on the 128gb. I started with the original iPad with 64gb, and I was thrilled when they came out with the 128gb. On a normal travel week, I've got more than enough content for the flights and entertainment in the evenings. I can store more than enough hidef content for a trans-pacific flight.
 

sparksd

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I'm with you on the 128gb. I started with the original iPad with 64gb, and I was thrilled when they came out with the 128gb. On a normal travel week, I've got more than enough content for the flights and entertainment in the evenings. I can store more than enough hidef content for a trans-pacific flight.
I've added a wireless travel router to my gear that allows me to store and stream video from an HDD attached to the router, giving me almost unlimited storage available:

http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Port...1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444514978&sr=8-1&keywords=wd03

I just used this on a week-log trip to use for backing up my photos from my camera's SD card to an HDD, stream video from an HDD, and to also compensate for poor wireless access in a hotel - the wireless sucked but they had wired access, too and with this device I created my own local wireless network using Ethernet that was much better. My 128GB in my Air 2 is more than enough now.
 

pika2000

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The iPad Pro starts at 32GB, and then jumps to 128GB. I think once Apple has its supply chain worked out for the nand chips (they are not that cheap yet, and no, these are not the ones inside your typical class 4 SD cards), and once they figured out how consumers react to the pricing structure, we can probably see 256GB iPad Pro 2.
 

nbourbaki

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I've added a wireless travel router to my gear that allows me to store and stream video from an HDD attached to the router, giving me almost unlimited storage available:

http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Port...1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444514978&sr=8-1&keywords=wd03

I just used this on a week-log trip to use for backing up my photos from my camera's SD card to an HDD, stream video from an HDD, and to also compensate for poor wireless access in a hotel - the wireless sucked but they had wired access, too and with this device I created my own local wireless network using Ethernet that was much better. My 128GB in my Air 2 is more than enough now.
I also travel with a travel router. The D-Link 510L which has two USB 2.0 ports. Before your post, I had never used the USB ports on the router. Today with a spare USB stick I was able to stream a MKV file to my iPad running inFuse. Very cool. At one point on certain business trips, I would only bring my iPad, but I found it too limiting. Someone would always send me a huge spreadsheet that I would need to comment back on, and now I always travel with both my iPad and MBPr. But very cool functionality for tech I already own. Thank you!
 
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