Probably more so than smartphones, tablets make great gifts around the holidays; for WiFi-only models, there are no contracts to worry about, no carriers to shop between, and of course the reduced hassle that all of that adds up to. While Android’s got some very attractive models to choose from this year, and Microsoft is doing all it can to get Surface some attention, the iPad may still be the gold standard. If you’ve got one on your list, you might want to swing by your local Walmart, as we’re hearing about a pretty darn nice deal on current-gen iPads.

Supposedly, the 16GB fourth-gen iPad will be available at Walmart for just $399, a nice big 20% savings over its $499 list price. There was some initial confusion over just which generation iPad this deal applied to, but 9to5 Mac’s insider source has clarified that this deal is indeed for the most recent iPad.

We’re not seeing any sign of the offer yet over on Walmart’s website, where the $499 16GB price remains, and the iPad 2 16GB is listed for $399 instead. That could be explained by this discount being an in-store-only price rollback, as we’re hearing is the case. You may want to call your local store to double check the promotion is underway, and confirm they still have units in stock.

Beyond the iPad, Walmart also has some deals on Apple smartphones, with the 16GB iPhone 5 selling for just $127 on-contract, and the old 4S available for a mere $47.

Update: Nope, turns out it’s $399 for the third-generation 16GB iPad. Still better than the iPad 2, but disappointing all the same.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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