Top tablet news: 128GB iPad rumored, red-hot Galaxy Tab and Kindle domination
The Apple rumor sites are buzzing today with news of a 128GB iPad. The latest tablet, 9to5 Mac claims, is going to be a fourth-generation iPad with retina display and will cost $799. The Mac news site got its information from the stock keeping unit (SKU) database of a “prominent U.S. retailer.”
The new iPad will double the storage limit of the tablet, which currently tops out at 64GB. 9to5 Mac is unsure that the new device will be commercially available, noting that Apple has previously released products that are specific to government agencies or internal uses.
Many photographers use iPads to edit and send photos on the go because of the device’s ability to send files over cellular networks when wi-fi is not available. However, one of the device's biggest limitations for photographers is its lack of storage space. If a 128GB iPad becomes available, a new generation of tablet-driven mobile darkrooms could become available for both DSLR and smartphone photographers.
In other tablet news:
- Samsung hopes its new red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will make the perfect gift for your Valentine. The tablet will have a 7-inch display, 1GHz, dual-core TI OMAP CPU, 8GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage. The devices will run Android 4.1 and will be available this week from U.S. retailers for $220.
- A report today from app analytics firm Localytics revealed that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is dominating the worldwide Android tablet market. Despite the device’s relatively limited worldwide distribution, the Kindle Fire makes up 59 percent of the Android tablets tallied by Localytics. The report revealed that 89 percent of Kindle Fires are used in the U.S. and speculated that because of the Kindle's popularity, developers should focus on creating apps for the Amazon App Store instead of the Google Play Store.