If you have been to Best Buy recently you will know that they offer a wide variety of Apple products since the company is an authorized Apple reseller, and it wants its customers to know that this holiday shopping season.
The retailer’s latest ad focuses on a customer who just discovered Best Buy sells all the hottest Apple gifts. The edgy commercial pits the customer who purchased all her gifts from Best Buy, against Santa who arrived too late to put anything under the tree.
While not all Best Buy locations carry Apple products, those that do are a valuable resource for Apple owners. Best Buy carries most Apple products including the iPhone, iPod, MacBook Pro and the iMac. The retailer also lines its shelves with Apple-compatible accessories for those in a pinch who need a case or screen protector right away.
According to news site 9to5Mac, Verizon has posted a banner on its site suggesting that the carrier will indeed be offering the iPad 2 as of its official U.S. launch date of March 11th.
Apple was silent in its initial iPad 2 announcement about how many and which retail partners would have availability of the device on launch day, but Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club have all signaled their launch participation, and with carrier partners apparently also onboard, Apple will have a significant number of distribution points for immediate sales.
Either this is a big hoax, or Best Buy Mexico seriously let the cat out of the sack, AppleBitch spotted a new page on Best Buy Mexico announcing a launch event on February 19th at 7PM for the rumored iWork ’11 productivity software suite from Apple.
The webpage describes an event where you can “visit Best Buy on February 19th and find out what you can do with iWork ’11”. While this is obviously not an official announcement from Apple, this event is a good indication that iWork ’11 is nearing release. We hope it is at least, otherwise there’s going to be a fairly unhappy crowd at a Best Buy in Mexico on February 19th.
The iWork ’11 event is currently listed on the front page of Best Buy Mexico, with the entry linking to the feature page with the broader description.
This is big news for Best Buy, earlier today the electronics giant made the announcement that they will be carrying the iPhone on February 10, the same day it goes on sale to the rest of the general public at Apple and Verizon stores.
“The iPhone 4 is an important device for Best Buy and we are excited to help Apple and Verizon Wireless bring it to even more consumers,” says Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile. “Our customers have come to expect Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores to carry the best selection of mobile phones anywhere, and offering the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network is our latest effort to deliver on that promise.”
Originally, it was expected that only Verizon and Apple stores would carry the phone during the launch period, but Apple did mention that authorized resellers would also sell the device. As a reminder, existing Verizon customers can begin pre-ordering tomorrow, and general orders and reservations are to start on February 9th with availability on February 10.