Somewhat out of schedule, Apple have today officially confirmed they will be adding a new storage option to the iPad with Retina range – that of 128GB.

The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, with suggested retail pricing of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

UK prices have yet to be confirmed but we’d expect £639 for the WiFi only and £739 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

This will double the previously highest storage option of 64GB and may pave the way for a change in the default storage options of 16GB/32GB/64GB that have been the standard since the launch of the iPhone3GS. (The original iPhone had only 4GB/8GB/16GB and the 3G had only 8GB or 16gb).

This 16GB/32GB/64GB combo has been in place since June 8th 2009 and we’ve been anticipating an increase for at least the last year as storage costs decrease. Could the next iPhone release introduce this shift and move the base model handset to 32GB with 64GB as the mid-range and 128GB as the top end? Lets hope so.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said:

With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs. With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.

Source: Apple