Apple’s iPad is already a massively successful product for the computer giant, and it can only get bigger as the company allows its largest distributors to provide all six models of the must-have tablet to authorized resellers across the U.S.
This move continues Apple’s careful expansion of iPad availability, and allows users to gain access to the device at various locations worldwide. Tech Data Corporation, a major distributor of Apple’s products, revealed today that the company has now been given permission by Apple to sell the iPad to its customers for the first time – those customers being IT solution providers in over 100 countries.
As AppleInsider points out, this is a significant move by Apple, as they’ve been very protective of the iPad’s image and third-party availability since the device’s launch back in April. Many online resellers can still only offer the iPad over the phone, as Apple’s strict rules prevent them from selling online due to the approval of promotional graphics. The move is sure to increase sales however, as more and more retail outlets begin to offer the device.
The move comes just days before Best Buy is set to begin selling the iPad in all of its American retail stores. 1,039 of its stateside stores will be offering the device this Sunday.[via AppleInsider]