Some lucky New York retailers will begin carrying the iPad this October, joining Best Buy, as Apple slowly ramps up availability of the much coveted tablet beyond Apple and AT&T Stores.
The news comes as Best Buy today announced it will expand the availability of the iPad to all of its store locations. Also this week, Engadget is reporting that Target may begin stocking the iPad on October 3.
Best Buy will expand the iPad to all its 1,093 stores beginning September 26. The retail giant will sell all iPad models—both WiFi and 3G, as well as iPad accessories. Presently, Best Buy offers the iPad only through its 673 locations which have Apple boutiques. And it also sells the iPad online for in-store pick up.
Engadget is displaying stock-keeping data from Target that hints the chain may receive all versions of the iPad by October 3. Target would not confirm the report and a spokeswoman told us, “We have no specific plans to share at this time, and we don’t comment on speculation or rumors.”
Back in May, Walmart said it expects to carry the iPad in some stores in time for Christmas. Entertainment SVP Gary Severson told Bloomberg, “We anticipate being able to have the iPad later this year.”
Worldwide iPad sales are expected to amount to 7.1 million units in 2010 says iSuppli. Sales in 2011 could climb as high as 28 million units, according to UBS.
Photo: Apple CEO Steve Jobs displays the iPad