Apple to begin selling new iPad on February 4th

Apple has announced it will begin stocking the newest addition to its flagship iPad tablet range on Monday (February 4th).

The upgraded device is set to have a storage capacity of 128GB, a giant step up from its current maximum of 64GB, with customers expected to fork out a minimum of £639.

Philip Schiller, senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing at Apple, said the firm has sold more than 120 million iPads globally, as people find new reasons to work, learn and play on the tablets rather than 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,” he added.

However, Apple fans are likely to kick up a fuss about the cost of the iPad, as the most expensive version – which comes with Wi-Fi and 3G mobile connectivity – is due to cost £730, making it just £110 cheaper than the MacBook Air laptop.

This comes after Apple recently reported in its fourth-quarter results that its shares have dropped by ten per cent.