Don't say we didn't warn you. The Apple iPad is pinching and zooming its way onto Target shelves starting October 3rd, in both WiFi / 3G and WiFi-only options. Those with a Target credit card can get a five percent discount when the rollout for that special begins October 17th. Is this what you've been waiting for? Probably not, but at least you know what to expect on your next expedition to the red-clad retailer.

Update: Press release after the break.
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Target Offers iPad at Stores Nationwide on October 3

MINNEAPOLIS (September 24, 2010) – Today Target® announced it will carry iPad™ in 1,743 Target stores nationwide beginning Oct. 3, 2010. Target guests can select from a range of iPad models, including the 16GB Wi-Fi model starting at $499.99, the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi+3G models.

"Target is very excited to offer the revolutionary iPad to our guests nationwide," said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. "We are committed to providing our guests' with the best products and we think iPad will be at the top of our guests' holiday shopping lists."

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send e-mail, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music or play games, and read e-books, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface. iPad with Wi-Fi+3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds – thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook - and delivery up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.*

A selection of accessories including cases, iBook and iTunes gift cards, chargers and more, will be available in the electronics department at Target along with iPad.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,743 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target's commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
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Apple iPad officially hits Target shelves October 3rd