Staples is selling every single model of the fourth-generation iPad -- WiFi only at 16GB to WiFi+Cellular at 128GB -- for $100 off the list price. As a brick-and-mortar retailers, Staples, naturally, charges sales tax where necessary. Both white and black models are available.
With all these models on sale, pricing is as follows:
- WiFi only, 16GB: $399
- WiFi only, 32GB: $499
- WiFi only, 64GB: $599
- WiFi + Cellular 16GB: $529
- WiFi + Cellular 32GB: $629
- WiFi + Cellular 64GB: $729
Shipping is free, either to your residence or business, or to a Staples store. It's also possible to get the device in-store, by simply walking in -- or at least, there is a "check in store availability" link. Checking around us, though, showed that not a single Staples store had a fourth-generation iPad in stock.
The proliferation of iPad deals appears to stem from the fact that Apple is set to release a fifth-generation iPad, the iPad Air, on Nov. 1 (sadly, there are no pre-orders). This is obviously a deal made to eliminate inventory.
The iPad Air has been significantly slimmed down and lightened. The device only weighs one pound, making it the one-handed tablet many have been seeking, and in a larger screen size than the iPad mini. Technologically, though, the big difference is the A7 64-bit processor.
The 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
- 9.7‑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
- Apple A6X processor (system-on-a-chip)
For systems with cellular capability, LTE is supported on some carriers.
This is the first deal we've seen coming from a major retailer, as opposed to on eBay. It's unclear if other retailers will join in on the deal party for iPad 4s.