Do Businesses Need an Expensive 128GB iPad?

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Apple is poised to sell a 128GB version of its iconic iPad next week, but will anyone buy it?

Apple rolls out a 128GB iPad on Feb. 5.We know, we know ... this is Apple we're talking about. The company could sell a pet rock for $100. But the new, super-storage version of the fourth-generation iPad comes with a price tag of $799 for Wi-Fi-only and a whopping $929 if you want it work on wireless operators' networks. Sprint, AT&T and Verizon have all said they will sell it.

Sure, the gadget junkie with hundreds of apps might appreciate a device with that much storage, but the average user? That's why Apple made a point in a news release this week that it's targeting the device at businesses. The company says the "iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad."

A 128GB iPad might be the answer for enterprises that need to run large applications and want their employees to have the ability to view big files on a mobile device. The company cites X-rays, film edits, training videos, project blueprints and more as examples of large files that would be a good fit for an iPad with more storage capacity.

Apple has sold more than 120 million iPads since the tablet PC made its debut in 2010. The newest version lands on Feb. 5.

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