Apple has confirmed rumours that it will offer a 128GB version of the iPad 4, which will go on sale next week, 5 February.

Apple Confirms 128GB iPad 4
Apple has confirmed it will offer an increased capacity 128GB iPad 4 from 5 February. (Credit: Reuters)

Apple made the announcement on the same day that it announced a minor software update to iOS 6.1, which fixes a number of security vulnerabilities and adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world.

The 128GB iPad will be aimed at the enterprise sector with the additional capacity being of most benefit to those wanting to carry around and work with a lot of large files such as video and high resolution image files.

The 128GB iPad will cost £639 (Wi-Fi) and £739 (4G) in the UK.

"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," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

"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."

Other than the increased storage the 128GB iPad 4 will be identical to the other models, featuring a 9.7in Retina display, A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and of course coming pre-installed with iOS 6.1.

It is expected that the addition of a 128GB iPad 4 will mean the next generation of iPhones and iPads won't be offered at 16GB with 32GB being the smallest storage option available.