Bloomberg is reporting that Wal-Mart will begin offering Apple's iPad to consumers at some point "later this year".

"We anticipate being able to have the iPad later this year," Gary Severson, senior vice president of entertainment for Wal-Mart's U.S. stores, said in a telephone interview. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company isn't prepared to provide specifics on the timing and pricing of the iPad, he said."

This really should come to no surprise considering Wal-Mart carries the iPhone. Currently iPad sales are limited to Apple's online and retail stores and the certain Best Buy locations that offer the Apple shop sections. Apple did not have a official comment regarding any deal with Wal-Mart.

Our best guess is that you will see Wal-Mart selling iPads just in time for the holiday shopping season. Do you think this wishful thinking on the retailers part or is this going to happen? Sound off in the comments below!

[9to5Mac via Bloomberg]