Following the rumors that Apple will expand its iPad 2 retail presence to Toys R’ Us, we have been told that the rumors are true and that Toys R’ Us will begin selling the iPad 2 tomorrow. Sources say that sales will begin at many locations tomorrow – Sunday, April 17 – with ranging availability. iPad 2 availability at Toys R’ Us will increase in the coming days and weeks.
According to an employee flyer/memo (pictured above), Toys R’ US will sell the 16 GB and 32 GB WiFi-only iPad 2 for $499 and $599, respectively. The 16 GB model will come in either black or white and the 32 GB variant will be black only. Toys R’ Us will also sell the Apple iPad 2 Smart Covers. Most stores will carry the $39 polyurethane option in pink, blue, and green. The Times Square, New York flagship store will carry the black and tan leather covers for $69.
Toys R’ Us has had a relationship with Apple for some time, selling iPods at their retail locations. Since Toys R’ Us’s iPod sales are in-store-only, we speculate Toys R’ Us will only sell the iPad 2 in-store. The iPad 2 launched on March 11th with great fanfare and is currently sold at Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Radio Shack, Target, and Walmart. Best Buy is also beginning some sort of iPad 2 promotion tomorrow, April 17th.