updated 02:29 am EDT, Fri June 20, 2014
Cellular kiosks will carry both, ending Samsung tablet monopoly
As previously reported, Apple and warehouse seller Costco have worked out their differences, with iTunes gift cards already returning to the chain, and the return of iPads and iPhones to the company's cellular kiosks promised. A new report claims that the iOS devices will return in just over a week, making their new debut on June 27. The claim does not clarify if iPads will be sold only through the retailer's cellular kiosks, or will fight Samsung directly for floor space in the electronics section.
Depending on the arrangement, Costco may display Wi-Fi only iPads in the area of the stores reserved for electronics, usually dominated by Samsung tablets, with the 3G and LTE-capable cellular models sold through the wireless kiosks alongside the iPhone. Another option could be that Costco will only be carrying the iOS hardware at its kiosks, selling only cellular-capable versions. The report also raises the possibility that the iPod touch or the Apple TV may, in time, come to the big-box retailer as well.
If the June 27 date is correct, early hints of the return could pop up in Costco's flyers, which usually appear a few days ahead of their appearance in stores thanks to leaks on bargain-hunting sites. Costco has been enthusiastic about the return of Apple products to the company in its memos to employees, and will undoubtedly promote the "new" products appearing in their stores as is customary.