A new report from comScore shows that Apple netted more online visitors in the U.S. in November than retail giant Walmart.
Apple’s sites got more than 79 million unique visitors from the U.S. compared with under 59 million for Walmart. The reason behind these numbers? iTunes downloads, Ad Age says.
Neither site topped Amazon, which drew more than 112 million unique visitors and was the highest-ranked retail site on comScore’s matrix, which included visitors from homes, businesses and academic networks. It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers will change for this month, when people use their gifted iTunes cards and new gadgets to grab even more content from iTunes.
If you’re still taking time out of your day to call every Apple reseller in your area in the hope of finding that iPad 2 you’re after, the new FindOne app for iPhone could save you a lot of time and effort.
You select which model of the iPad 2 you want and FindOne checks the inventory of every Target and Walmart store in your vicinity to see if they have your chosen device in stock.
You can specify which carrier you’d for the 3G device – or if you want the Wi-Fi only model – whether you want 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage, and whether you want the black or white model.
When the app has finished searching for your device, it will present you with a list of stores that currently have you chosen device in stock; as well as the address, distance from your location, telephone number, and opening hours for each.
FindOne currently only supports Target and Walmart, but support for Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us is coming soon.
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.
The list of retailers who will sell the Verizon iPhone keeps growing, now Wal-Mart has announced that it wil offer the Verizon iPhone for sale in nearly 600 of its retail store locations.
Wal-Mart joins Apple, Verizon, and Best Buy as a launch retailer for the device at its debut for general availability. According to Gary Severson, senior vice president, Home Entertainment, Wal-Mart is excited to bring iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network, one the most anticipated mobile phone launches in recent history, to Walmart customers,” said
Verizon had noted in its press release announcing record-breaking pre-sales for the iPhone that Wal-Mart would be carrying the device, but it had been unclear how many locations would be carrying it at launch. Still unknown is exactly which Wal-Mart stores will have the Verizon iPhone tomorrow, so customers should call their local stores to determine availability.
While it was previously assumed that the iPhone 4 would only be available in Apple stores as well as through AT&T, it now seems as if Walmart can be added to the list of distributors on the launch day of June 24.
The reason for this is very simple, logistics, since the demand of the new iPhone is likely to be very high, allowing customers to purchase the phones from several different places will most likely lower the run on the individual shops, and thus alleviate some of the stress that would otherwise rest with Apple and AT&T. Furthermore according to sources both Best Buy and Radio Shack will also be selling the iPhone on the release date.
This will be the first time that Walmart will be selling the iPhone on a launch day of the device. As we have mentioned in the past, it used to be that only previous versions of the iPhone were sold through Walmart and at a much later date, it should however be noted that Walmart will not be offering the ability to pre-order the iPhone.