Apple will sell iPad at Best Buy

We knew that the iPad would be available from Apple retail stores, but the company says it will use other outlets like Best Buy to sell the device too.

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Consumers will be able to buy the iPad at a variety of locations besides Apple's retail store, Apple's chief operating officer said Tuesday.


The comments came during Tim Cook's speech at the Goldman Sachs annual tech conference in San Francisco. In addition to the obvious Apple retail stores, consumers will be able to purchase the iPad from Apple directly and from "partners like Best Buy," according to AppleInsider.

Cook didn't mention whether AT&T would be selling the device in its retail locations, even though it did sell the iPhone models. One reason for the AT&T omission could be that the first iPads will only have Wi-Fi. The 3G, Wi-Fi combo models will come 30 days after the initial release.

After using the iPad for the past few months, Cook said consumers will have a hard time buying a Netbook after experiencing what the iPad can do.

Apple introduced two models of the iPad during a special event in January. Priced between $499 and $899, the iPad comes with up to 64GB of disk space, Bluetooth, a microphone, accelerometers, ambient light sensors, and digital compass with assisted GPS technologies.

The iPad is expected to be available in late March.