New 16GB WiFi iPad 4s, discounted to $449 at Walmart

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Walmart has the fourth generation iPad or iPad 4 Retina Display Tablet (MD510LLA) on sale for a low $449.00, with free shipping.

The deal is available here. As noted, it includes free shipping. However, Walmart charges sales tax in most states. The sale page says currently in stock, for both in-store pickup or free shipment.

This is the 16GB wi-fi only iPad 4, which is sold at the Apple Store for $499. A sale on iPads or iPhones is virtually unheard of, at least in terms of new -- not refurbished -- iPads or iPhone. What, therefore, does this signal?

Although this is the current generation of iPad, we expect that a new revision of both the iPad and its smaller cousin, the iPad mini, will be revealed later this year. It is still unclear when that will occur, but more importantly, it is also unclear what those upgrades will entail.

One sure thing that will be featured in both tablets will be an upgraded processor. For the iPad mini, it will get an upgrade to an A6 or A6X processor (more on that later). The iPad will get a boost to the A7X.

The X character is added to Apple's A-series line of processors for those with enhanced graphics support, in order to support the Retina display of iPads. Thus far, the iPad mini (with only one version released so far) has not required that sort of graphics processor power. The most recent rumors have pointed to the iPad mini 2 not getting a Retina display this year, although it was an anticipated feature for the 2013 version.

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 also includes 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.