Wal-Mart to carry iPad 'Later this year'

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]

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Wal-Mart to carry iPad 'Later this year'

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If this happens soon enough, I expect 4-5 million ipad's sold by the end of the 4th quarter. Incredible. And possibly more.

@Macboy15
"Those kind of people" are buying other products in that price range and up. What makes you think that they won't sell a relatively cheap tablet. It might take some time and I'm sure they will place them in strategic locations, but they will sell.
That's like saying "those kinds of people will not buy HDTVs". The risk has worked so far.

Macboy15
A Lot of different types of people shop at walmart. Not everyone is on peopleofwalmart.com.
I shop at walmart for pretty much everything.

Who cares. I don't care where I buy it as long as I have it. The gas station could sell it for all I care

The good bet is that it will happen. If they sell iPhones than ipads are a natural progression.
I can't think what the roadblocks might be.

@MacBoy15 I shop at wal-mart and spend like 700$ on Food And cool Stuff...So yha I could Afford a iPad.... Oh I know why you say that is it b-cuz alot of Latin people shop there wal-mart's all over California make more money then any other wal-mart in America......

@APK don't be stupid, that has nothing to do with iPad being sold at wal-mart. Asda in the uk might do this aswell, due to it being wal mart

@Adam:

"A Lot of different types of people shop at walmart."

But, only anti-Americans shop at U.S. Walmart stores.

Yes Anti American Hey I'm American but sure don't like America That much..illuminati And the New World Order..So Sad 9/11/2001 was a all American Job...So Saddddddd......