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Apple released its fourth-generation, 128GB iPad this week, a smart move to continue the Apple product hysteria so common to Cupertino’s production line. Apple has what I like to call a “reciprocal spec transfer” that takes a new feature added to one product and distributes it to the other products. Siri, for example, was once a unique voice command feature only for the iPhone. If you wanted Apple’s latest technology, the iPhone had it. In fact, since the iPhone accounts for nearly 60% of Apple’s sales, the company considered it to be Apple’s most valuable product and highly advertised its smartphone in order to continue drumming up more support (both by word-of-mouth and finances) for it. That all changed, however, when Apple decided to bring Siri to the iPad and MacBook experience as of last September. I was so excited about having Siri on my iPad 3 with Retina display without needing to get the iPhone 4S. Still, I went out and purchased the iPhone 4S this past Christmas – so now, I enjoy Siri twice as much as I did before. She’s still a work in progress, but it’s a nice feature to entertain tech geeks in their spare time.
I read somewhere recently that even Apple’s internal memory storage sizes were not always common to Apple products. The iPhone 3GS, one of the first of Apple’s most technology-laden smartphones, provided a 16GB smartphone experience under the Apple brand for the first time. After the iPhone 3GS, it was the iPhone 4 that provided a 32GB experience, followed by an iPhone 4S that provided a 64GB experience. The iPhone 5 now owns all three sizes (16GB, 32GB, 64GB); however, the 128GB iPad gives iPhone users some certainty with regard to Apple’s July 2013 announcement. Why is this the case? Because Apple’s “reciprocal spec transfer” (or reciprocal spec distribution) concept applies here as well. Anyone can see this when you look at the iPhone’s increased memory storage threshold that was then transferred to the iPad when the iPad 2 emerged in 2010. When the iPhone 5S emerges in July, it too, will have the 128GB internal memory storage. Apple’s revelation of this little surprise gives away one of its newest specs for the WWDC convention held this summer.
For those of you who are huge iPad fans (I am one), the fifth-generation iPad will not be left out. The iPad 5 will come with the same 128GB memory storage increase as the newly-produced 128GB iPad 4. IPad Mini fans will also have something extra to look forward to. At this moment, many anticipate Apple presenting an iPad Mini with Retina display either this summer or this fall (September-October 2013). If Apple does this (and I happen to think this will be based upon Apple’s constant iteration of its product line), Apple will also present iPad Mini users with a 128GB memory storage of their own. This is all a part of Apple’s attempts to move consumers into a “post-PC” era where your tablet becomes your computer.
It is not often that we get some insight into Apple’s plans; when we do, however, we can have more certainty about predictions than many of the new Apple rumors on the market.