Walmart Prepping to Join the iPad Game

Retail giant Walmart is working on its plans to begin selling Apple’s iPad as part of the company’s plans to expand its electronics departments and offer customers a wider range of home and portable entertainment choices, according to Bloomberg.

“We anticipate being able to have the iPad later this year,” commented Walmart senior vice president of entertainment, Gary Severson.

The retailer plans to add more electronic devices to its inventory, such as Blu-ray players, HDTVs, Ebook readers, networking hardware, video games and mobile phones. The company already sells Apple’s iPod and iPhone in its stores.

Walmart hasn’t announced yet how much it plans to charge for Apple’s multimedia tablet. List price for the iPad starts at US$499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and presumably the retailer is hoping to sell the tablet with at least a modest discount.

Apple currently sells the iPad through its own stores and Best Buy locations throughout the U.S. The company hasn’t, however, announced any plans to expand into other retail locations.