According to a report by Reuters, Wal-Mart has said that the iPad will be available in hundreds of its stores in the United States starting Friday, expanding to more than 2,300 outlets by mid-November. Wal-Mart will sell the iPad for the same price as other retailers, starting at $499 for the more inexpensive model. This is only news since its Walmart, rivals Best Buy and Target are already selling the iPad.
I have to say that this strategy by Apple to start selling the iPad in major retail chains like Target and Wal-Mart seems to signal a change in the thinking over there in Cupertino. Since its debut in April, the demand for the iPad has been consistent, so much so that Apple has had trouble manufacturing enough.
Apple has sold more than 3 million iPads just in the June quarter alone and even though everyone expects them to surpass that number in this holiday season, everyone is wondering will the party be shortlived. Several tablets are set to hit the market in the next 6-12 months and several of them seem to be more than capable from a technical standpoint, guess we will have to see what those price points work out to be and whether consumers value the product or that uber cool Apple brand.