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January 27, 2013

Apple look to be putting on some GBs of winter weight


It looks like Apple may be addressing one of their big low points regarding their products of late.

On Saturday, Apple released iOS 6.1 beta 5 to developers, giving them a chance to test the software before being released to the masses. Interestingly, a few developers noted code hinting to a 128GB model coming in Apple’s product line at some point.

First spotted by iDownloadBlog, the 128GB system partition key was found in the “iOS 6.1 BuildManifest” file, but not the in iOS 6.0 currently offered on customers’ iOS devices.

While this doesn’t mean that Apple will release a 128GB model positively, it does offer some solid evidence. Beta versions of iOS have hinted to future features before, including Siri Dictation for iPad and speed increases in future devices. As you can see below, there is now a 128 listing.


The iOS 6.1 software is currently available to developers as part of Apple’s Developer Program that gives early access for testing purposes. While beta 5 of iOS 6.1 isn’t listed as the “Golden Master” version (or version for public release), developers have noted that it is ready to roll out to the masses, possibly soon.

This is either very sneaky of Apple and giving them some free advertising or a slip on their part, you decide.

A 128GB model would offer double the amount of storage currently offered by Apple. Both the latest iPhone and iPad are offered in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants. It’s not clear if Apple would make the 32GB model the base and use 16GB only for last-generation devices.

Recent reports have pointed to Apple releasing the next-generation iPhone in July and iPad mini in October. Could a 128GB model be included?

Would you be interested in a curvier model?

By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.