updated 12:35 pm EDT, Sat April 16, 2011
Toys R Us makes iPad 2 plans official
Toys R Us has quietly confirmed its plans to carry the iPad 2. The company now has a shopping page telling buyers which stores should carry the tablet. No online store entry exists, though one wasn't expected since no third-party resellers can currently offer it for sale online.
The company hasn't been given timing, but a companion leak coming from 9to5 has stores carrying stock as of Sunday, April 17. Its plans will deliberately confine the sales to the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models and will only offer white for the 16GB version. Smart Covers will also be in store, but all but the Times Square flagship store will be limited to the polyurethane models.
Its launch coincides with the launch of Best Buy's promotion and will see a rare instance of a significant push from third-party retailers on the same day. Apple may not have had any deliberate hand in coordinating more than the Toys R Us deal and already has a footprint in several major US retail chains, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart.