Best deal on new iPad 4 so far: $100 off MSRP

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The latest deal for the iPad 4 has been posted to eBay via a reputable seller, and this one takes Apple's current generation tablet to new lows: $100 off the retail price, or $399, and for w new, 16GB WiFi only model.

Apple is set to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and with that, numerous deals have emerged. It's expected that the iPad 5 will have its designed tweaked to be more iPad mini-like, and that it will sport an A7X processor, where the X represents the eXtra graphics processing power necessary to handle the Retina display of the device.

It's unclear if this year's iPad mini will sport a Retina display, however. It was rumored earlier that it would, and then also rumored that it would not. Last year's model did not have a Retina display.

There is a limited quantity of iPad 4's available. In this deal, customers can choose either black or white. According to the site, and at the time of this writing, 248 have been sold in the past hour.

We always warn about deals made at eBay, but in this case the seller is Newegg, which has its own retail site and is known as a reputable and huge Internet retailer. On eBay, the site has 232336 reviews, at the time of this writing, with an average feedback rating of 99.5. There is essentially no way to have a 100 percent positive rating with this many reviews, so we would consider this the gold standard of review ratings.

The wi-fi iPad 4 has the following specifications

Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight 1.44 pounds (652 g)
802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
.7‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
Dual-core A6X processor with quad-core graphics
1.2MP Facetime camera
5MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording

The iPad 4 was a minimal update to the iPad 3, with both models being released in 2012. One of the key changes, though, was Apple's Lightning connector, which the company began adding to its devices late last year, replacing its older 30 pin connector. The reason Apple made this move was to reduce the size of the connector, allowing it more internal space for components. This requirement for additional space is more of a savings for the iPhone, but Apple rolled it out to all its iDevices last year.

The company was criticized for not opting for the industry-standard microUSB port, which would have reduced electronic waste and the requirement for consumers to buy new cables and -- in fact -- new docking stations and other such items.