Apple's 128GB iPad To Go On Sale In February
Apple has unveiled a new iPad with twice the storage capacity of the largest model in its existing line.
The upgraded tablet will have a capacity of 128GB - significantly more than the current maximum of 64GB.
The device will go on sale from Monday, but its price has drawn some criticism from Apple fans.
The most expensive version with Wi-Fi and 3G mobile connectivity is set to retail at £739, making it £110 cheaper than Apple's MacBook Air laptop computer.
The cheapest version of the new model will cost £639.
One user on technology forum Macrumours.com, Kcamfork, wrote: "I'm glad there are options. But these prices are getting ridiculous for simply more storage."
And Nia820 wrote on the same website: "Will be skipping this. I can buy a decent laptop with that money."
Apple's move to expand its iPad range comes as the company faces tough questions from Wall Street over its growth prospects.
Company shares lost about 12% of their value last week after Apple reported earnings that showed lower profit margins and smaller anticipated growth than expected.
But Apple share prices were 1.1% higher in early trading in the wake of the iPad announcement.
Apple's news follows the launch of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet with a 128GB memory.
Microsoft has also launched a new touchscreen version of its Office software, the first update in three years.
Microsoft is trying to extend its reach past traditional home PCs and onto smartphones and tablets that run its Windows operating system.