This eBay deal comes via the large Internet retailer newegg.com, making it as safe as can be. It also sets the bat still lower for the iPad 4, with Apple's iconic 16GB iPad 4 -- in white, mind you -- selling for $419.99. Less than a week ago, what we called the (then) lowest-priced iPad 4 deal thus far was advertised at eBay for $429.99.
It apparently ships with iOS 6, but fear not, iPad fans. The (current) latest version of Apple's tablet is easily upgradeable to iOS 7.0.2 (Apple recently released iOS 7 but quickly patched it twice to fix bugs).
As always, we remind people participating in eBay deals to take a close look at the feedback involved. In this case, though, it's newegg, which has its own retail site, as well, and that makes the deal golden. In fact, the eBay version of newegg has 230045 feedback ratings with 99.5 percent Positive feedback. Based on that, as well as the fact that newegg has its own huge retail site, there is nothing to fear with this deal (obviously with as many deals as newegg does there is no way to have a 100 percent positive feedback rating).
Apple has yet to announce its iPad-centric press event, but it was leaked as being scheduled for Oct. 22. Typically, Apple releases press invitations about a week in advance, so we'd expect to see them go out tomorrow at the latest. That explains why we are seeing so many iPad deals, of late.
Apple is expected to launch an iPad 5 and a new iPad mini before the end of the year. The announcement over those new tablets is expected at the aforementioned "rumored" Oct. 22 press conference.
Again, this is the fourth generation or iPad 4 and it is WiFi only. It ships with 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 (the latest, with power saving)
9.7‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) or Retina display
Dual-core A6X processor with quad-core graphics
1.2MP Facetime camera
5MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
The fourth-generation iPad 4 followed last year's iPhone 5 with Apple's new Lightning connector. The new connector replaced the company's older 30 pin connector, with the unstated intention being that Apple wanted to reclaim internal real estate for its smaller devices. Since then, all new iDevices have sported the new connector.
The company was hammered by some industry pundits and environmental activists for not opting for the industry-standard microUSB port, which would have reduced electronic waste and the requirement for consumers to buy new cables. It also meant that those who had docks of some sort had to buy new equipment.