“Wal-Mart landed the tablet computer a little later than two of its largest retail rivals: Best Buy Co., which has been selling the iPad since its launch in April, and Target Corp., which began carrying it this month,” Bustillo reports. “The Bentonville, Ark., retail giant said that what it lacked in timeliness it will make up for in sales heft.”
Bustillo reports, “It vowed to slowly ramp up the number of U.S. stores carrying the iPad to more than 2,300 by the height of the holiday season in mid-November. There will also be no Wal-Mart ‘rollback’ price cut on the iPad: The tablets will sell for Apple’s suggested retail price, which starts at $499… Analysts now expect Apple to sell 11 million to 12 million iPads this year, more than twice what was initially estimated, and reach 20 million next year.”
MacDailyNews Take: Too low.
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MacDailyNews Take: Congrats to Apple for a speedy product ramp up and rollout. It’s a nice change. It’s also nice to see Cupertino playing for keeps.