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Walmart confirms iPad reaching its stores on Friday

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Mon October 11, 2010

Walmart says iPad in stores October 15

Walmart this evening confirmed that the iPad would reach its stores this week. The tablet arrives in its stores on Friday, October 15, and will include all models at the same prices that Apple charges. "Hundreds" of stores will have it at first, Walmart said, but the expansion should reach 2,300 US shops by mid-November.

As with other Apple devices, the iPad will be available online through Walmart, but only for in-store pickup. The iPad will be part of a separate showcase of Apple hardware in-store.

The branching out to Walmart comes relatively early in the iPad's lifecycle as Apple didn't start selling the iPhone at the big-box chain until December 2008, after it had been established. A similar pattern followed for the iPod. Apple's decision may have been prompted by accelerated competition from rival tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will reach all four major US carriers within the next several weeks. E-readers may have played a similar role with the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook now sitting in retail chains they hadn't seen in the past, ranging from Best Buy to Target.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    +1

    iPad Flood...

    Apple is doing all it can to make the iPad a top-selling product in the U.S. I can't imagine how Android tablets are going to catch up in a few years time unless they are really inexpensive. But how can any other iPad rival vendor undercut Apple without losing money thanks to Apple's multi-million unit production runs? That's why I don't understand Munster's prediction. If the iPad catches enough early traction in high enough numbers, maybe other companies will stop trying to compete and the iPad will reach iPod status. I'd love to see this, but even to me it seems to much to hope for.

  1. facebook_Stephanos

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    DESPERATION!

    They are getting desperate!


    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com

  1. sammaffei

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    +1

    I can see Black Friday now...

    Walmart - buy an iPad, get a $25 iTunes card and a free case
    Target - buy an iPad and get a $50 Target gift card

    It's going to be INSANE!

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