Back when I was a kid, the only person I knew with a real tablet PC was Captain Jean Luc Picard. In the intervening decade-and-change, the tablet PC has gone from the purview of science-fiction writers to...Wal-Mart? AppleInsider reports that the mega-mega store hopes to sell Apple's iPad in some of their retail locations by the end of 2010.
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No specific details of any sort of deal were released. Gary Severson, SVP of entertainment for Wal-Mart, told Businessweek that his company believes it will sell the iPad this year. From the sound of it, Apple and Wal-Mart are currently in the midst of negotiations.
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I have no trouble envisioning iPad's on sale at Wal-Mart. Apple is working to create a market here. They want as many viable distribution channels for the iPad as they can get. It's only a matter of time before the competition catches up again and the iPad is no longer the 'best tablet' on the market. Apple needs to secure as large a base as possible before that happens.