updated 9/24/2010 2:02:07 PM ET 2010-09-24T18:02:07

Target says it will begin carrying six models of Apple's iPad, starting at $499.

The nation's second-largest discount chain says it will start selling touchscreen tablet computer Oct. 3. The iPad will be covered under the retailer's 5 percent discount for store credit-card holders, which rolls out Oct. 17. Target hopes the combination of the hit device and the discount will bring in shoppers during the holidays.

Target will be the largest retail chain to carry the iPad. The models include 16-, 32-, and 64-gigabyte versions of both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 3G models.

The announcement was made at Target's media conference in Minneapolis, where it is based. Target operates 1,743 stores nationwide, including 240 Super Targets.

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