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Rumors of 128GB iPad prove true

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A new 128GB version of the iPad could make the tablet an indispensable tool for on-the-go editing.

The latest Apple tablet rumors rang true this morning with the official announcement of a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad, twice the capacity of the current 64GB high-end of the iPad capacity scale. The new tablet will go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 5 for US$799 with wi-fi and US$929 with cellular and wi-fi. 

Even with the benefits of a cellular connection, the higher-priced $929 version of a 128GB iPad is only $170 cheaper than the 128GB, 11-inch MacBook Air priced at $1,099. Among other things, the extra $170 buys the familiar OSX with high-powered editing apps and trackpad/mouse navigation.

So why should photographers bother getting the new iPad when you can get a full MacBook Air for just $170 more?

The iPad offers a full retina display screen for super high resolution photo viewing as well as cellular capabilities to send photos whenever Internet access is unavailable. With devices like PhotoJojo’s iPad Card Reader, photographers can easily upload their images from a Micro SD card, SD card, or USB port. iOS photo editing apps like Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Touch can perform high quality edits on an iPad, and the App Store offers an additional 300,000 native iPad apps. 

Even with significantly higher storage capacity, the newest version of the iPad may still come with drawbacks for the serious photographer. The device may struggle to offload images from memory cards larger than 4GB. And while the iPad will allow for the download of RAW files, it does not support the myriad translators needed to properly manipulate the formats. 

Tech writer Jeff Carlson wrote a 238-page book about how the iPad can be used by photographers. “The iPad for Photographers” (a chapter on editing can be downloaded for free here) explores how to import, organize and edit photos as well as how to use an iPad in a studio environment. 

Carlson admits that while the iPad is an excellent device, is not a replacement for detailed photo editing in a studio. Instead, he uses the device as a tool to view, sort, and edit photos for social media while traveling.

Let's hear from you: Do you use a tablet for your photography? If so, how does it fit into your workflow? If you don't have one yet, will a 128GB version of the iPad persuade you otherwise?

Comments

Total comments: 33
GaryJP
By GaryJP (Feb 2, 2013)

Apple's memory prices are an outstanding rip-off all across the board. But there's one born every minute. And yes, I have a LOT of Apple equipment but am very reluctant to pay their memory prices.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

What exactly are you talking about? RAM or storage? As for RAM then yes you are correct but the same applies to every other computer manufacturer.

As for storage then that is much less the case. For example since there are no alternatives for the Fusion drives then the pricing is reasonable.

As for the iPad it is $100 more for each doubling of storage. That may sound expensive but it likely eliminates the need to be carrying around SD cards as an alternative. Plus the onboard storage is much faster.

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AofA
By AofA (Jan 31, 2013)

why the iPod(s), the iPhone, the iPad and mini...how many products does one realistically need? i was thinking of getting an iPad specifically to surf the web (blogs and online magazines). i use my MacBook Pro for my "real" work. isn't an iPhone basically and iPod touch with a phone. i like the non WiFi FM radio of the Nano too.

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timo
By timo (Jan 31, 2013)

The increased memory is a marketing necessity, primarily.

I have an iPad, a Macbook Air and an iPhone. After an initial honeymoon period the iPad is now used only for browsing the web, including the latest gossip on DPreview, and as a radio - an app such as Tunein gives you access to stations all around the world and the reproduction quality on earphones or fed into your hi fi is OK for the non-audiophile.

I still regard the iPad as essentially a bulky iPhone that cannot make calls (conventionally). On a trip the Macbook Air is more useful as a computer (specially for photos) and not that much heavier.

If I were into games or videos I might think differently.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

I kind of felt the same way with my old iPad until I bought the 4th generation iPad. It's dramatic increase in performance made it easy for me to replace my laptop with it. It was a night and day difference.

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Artpt
By Artpt (Jan 31, 2013)

For those that are not brand limited, consider the samsung Note 10.1 with 32gb...while it is not advertised, the tablet will accept a 64gb micro SD card and perhaps a higher capacity card when the market advances....

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

Android tablets have very few actual tablet apps compared to the iPad, which has over 300,000.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 30, 2013)

128GB in flash memory would be worth about $128, based on current prices of discount SDHC cards. Apple's genius is to fill people with glee to pay $300 for $128 worth of memory, plus $600 for a tablet that does about the same as a $400 Android, but lacks USB or SDHC ports. Equally impressive is that people can believe they see 4k resolution on a 10" screen viewed at 2'. Perhaps, with microfonts, a book chapter can be condensed to one dense page.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

There are few actual tablet apps for Android so by that token an Android tablet is not as capable as an iPad, which has access to over 300,000 tablet apps.

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pmaher
By pmaher (Jan 30, 2013)

In many respects the IPad is relatively limited for "computing" applications. Its great to stay in touch, check up on email, scan the local and national news, and other tasks, but to use it in place of a laptop or computer seems senseless at this point. So having 128GB just means you can fill it up with thousands of mostly useless apps (yes there are many that are useful, just not on the same scale).

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

The mistake you make is one or even two fold. One, you determine what is "senseless" or "useless" for others based on your view. Two, you don't really appreciate what can be done on an iPad, especially the fourth generation iPad, which offers a dramatic difference in performance to previous iPads.

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sportster2005
By sportster2005 (Feb 24, 2013)

And you are trying to determine for everyone they need 300,000 apps.

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IcyPepsi
By IcyPepsi (Jan 30, 2013)

Indispensable.. really?? When Von Newman said memory should be separate, I'm pretty sure he wanted us to add memory if you needed more.. not buy a new computing unit.. hehehe!! Btw, just because someone writes a book on something, dumb deeds don't become genius theories all of a sudden.

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Seeky
By Seeky (Jan 30, 2013)

I use an Ipad in my workflow, but only to view and display images. I don't see the advantage of editing images on the Ipad unless you are traveling light. Otherwise, a computer with appropriate software makes it a lot easier to sort, edit and store images. You will always need a computer since even 128 GB is to little to store large catalogs.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Jan 30, 2013)

I can not conceive in any brand, nowadays, these devices do not have card reader included, at least one SD card reader. An authentic robbery.

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IcyPepsi
By IcyPepsi (Jan 30, 2013)

Did you never hear of Android tablets from eg. Asus that have always had SD and micro SD slots?! (and ofcourse a host of other hardware and software flexibilitys!)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 30, 2013)

My Android tablet only has 16GB but they gave me an SD slot for free. Pretty lame the premier tablet can't have an easy expansion slot.

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dholl
By dholl (Jan 29, 2013)

This mini-computer is entirely inappropriate for pro photographers, due to Apple's insistence on exclusivity and poor implementation (struggles with RAW files, and large video files).

What are the better-priced alternatives on the market?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 30, 2013)

Any $700 ultrabook

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

It depends on what you want to do with it. First off photographers take pictures and videographers take video. For photography the iPad is perfect for viewing photos from your camera since it has a near perfectly calibrated very high resolution screen.

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Nutsfortubes
By Nutsfortubes (Jan 29, 2013)

I am glad I sold my apple stock ;-)

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (Jan 29, 2013)

Now, this is innovation!
(...me says while popping my 64GB MicroSD + 128GB flash drive into my 32Gb Galaxy 7.7 ...dum, dee, dum, dee, dum dum...)
PK

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

And yet Android has very few actual tablet apps so you get what you pay for.

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malcolm82
By malcolm82 (Jan 29, 2013)

128GB flash is worth only $100. The lowest capacity version should be 64GB since 10% of the total price for the storage seems the sensible minimum for nearly everybody.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

The next generation iPad will likely see 16 gigs disappear and 128 gigs taking the pricing position of the current 64 gig,.

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B E
By B E (Jan 29, 2013)

I guess you have to be a true Apple fan to get exited about a storage space upgrade...

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Benarm
By Benarm (Jan 29, 2013)

Instead of adding a fourth storage option, why can't they just discontinue the 16GB model and replace it with the 32GB model (i.e. keep three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB)? Applying flash storage pricing of 2010 models to 2013 models is a rip-off. It doesn't make sense to charge extra $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB (net gain of 16GB of space), while at a same time charge extra $100 to go from 64GB to 128GB (net gain of 64GB). The profit margins must be really high to allow this pricing scheme.

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tazmac
By tazmac (Jan 29, 2013)

They will do with the ipad 5...

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LKJ
By LKJ (Jan 29, 2013)

"Applying [...] pricing of 2010 models to 2013 models is a..." standard marketing practice for the company.

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IcyPepsi
By IcyPepsi (Jan 30, 2013)

Pretty much 2010 technology too ;)

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d10694
By d10694 (Jan 31, 2013)

I don't see many people nodding in agreement that it is a terrific idea. I'll stick with my Nexus 10 with a USB port.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

"Pretty much 2010 technology too ;)"

Nonsense.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 7, 2013)

"I don't see many people nodding in agreement that it is a terrific idea. I'll stick with my Nexus 10 with a USB port."

Those who think it is a good idea do not need the validation of others to feel that way.

Android tablets are not an equal alternative to an iPad for a number of reasons but having few actual tablet apps to choose from is the most obvious reason.

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