Target is boosting Apple’s presence in its stores

A concept image from Target illustrating the new Apple shopping experience available in select Target locations.

Target, the eighth-largest retailer in the United States, will attempt to increase its revenue derived from selling Apple products by expanding Apple gadget offerings, both in its brick-and-mortar stores and online. This new Apple initiative is part of Target's existing strategy to house popular brands at its stores in an attempt to attract more customers to its locations.

Apple Pay begins its staggered rollout at Target

Target, one of the few major remaining Apple Pay holdouts in the United States, has kicked off a staggered rollout of Apple's mobile payments system over the weekend. The retailer previously said it planned to accept Apple Pay at all of its stores in the coming weeks.

Apple Pay is coming to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway and other US merchants

Apple is gearing up to launch Apple Pay across Target, Taco Bell, Speedaway and other top merchants in the United States.

These retailers will be adopting Apple Pay in the coming weeks:

Target: Rolling out now, will be available in all 1,850 US locations in the coming weeks. Taco Bell: Rolling out to 7,000+ locations in the next few months. Hy-Vee supermarkets: Available today at 245+ Hy-Vee stores in the Midwest. Speedway convenience stores: Available today inside the store at all of Speedway’s approximately 3,000 locations across the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast. Jack in the Box: Rolling out to 2,200 locations in the next few months.

The company wrote in a press release issued this morning that with the addition of these national retailers, 74 of the top 100 US merchants now accept its mobile payment solution.

Whether customers are buying everyday household items, groceries, snacks for a road trip or grabbing a quick meal, Apple Pay is the easiest way to pay in stores, while also being secure and faster than using a credit or debit card at the register.

We’re thrilled even more customers will be able to pay at their favorite stores and restaurants using the Apple devices that are always with them.

Jennifer Bailey, Apple VP of Internet Services

Apple acknowledged that Costco last year completed the Apple Pay rollout to 500+ US warehouses while CVS Pharmacy introduced the solution at all of its 8,400 standalone locations. 7-Eleven launched Apple Pay at 95 percent of its US stores last year. 

Apple Pay is a mobile contactless payment system that lets customers easily and securely pay in stores using their iPhone and Apple Watch. It uses tokens for security purposes, meaning no sensitive credit card information is ever exchanged with the merchant.

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Apple products among the most popular Black Friday items at Target

Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States behind Walmart, today released a chart listing the most popular products that shoppers were purchasing on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

The iPads were top sellers in Target's brick-and-mortar and online stores, with the retailer selling an iPad every second throughout the day on Thanksgiving, Forbes reports.

Target offers 10% off Apple Watch, but there’s a catch

The holiday deals are popping up randomly, such as the Pebble Time getting discounted by 25% earlier today. This is extending to the Apple Watch too, with a new deal from Target. Despite the smartwatch only coming to Target last month, they already are offering a decent discount, as long as you buy an iPhone as well.

If you activate an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus with the retailer, they will take 10% off the price of the Apple Watch you purchased. This applies to all models sold, including the Sport and regular models. Target is discounting certain models of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as well.

Target app updated with support for Apple Pay, reviews and more

Following Staples' lead earlier today, Target has updated its mobile app with support for Apple Pay payments. Those with compatible devices can now pay for everything in their carts with a single tap of Touch ID without having to signup for a Target account or enter credit card info.

The update also brings about in-app product reviews, so you can see what customers think of their purchases. This is something every retailer needs to implement, if they haven't already. as shopping trends continue to indicate that more consumers are researching before buying.

Major Target promo offers gift cards with select iPad, iPhone and iPod touch purchases

American retailing company Target has launched a new sale offering free gift cards with the purchase of an iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and the iPod touch media player. If you're in the market for an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display, the retailer will treat you to a $100 gift card.

Furthermore, Apple's latest iPhones are on sale, too, and now come with a $20 gift card. As for the iPod touch, buying a 32-gigabyte version will net you a $30 gift card...

Subscribe to Beats at a discounted rate: Target now selling Beats Music gift cards at 25% off

On the heels of its eyebrow-raising $3 billion deal with Apple, the Beats Music subscription service has recently dropped its annual membership from $119.88 to $99 per year, or $9.99 per month, making itself more competitive with Spotify and the like.

If you'd rather not use your credit card (or carrier billing) for recurring payments, the service now allows you to apply promotional codes provided on the physical Beats Music cards, carried exclusively by Target and offered in several denominations.

And conveniently enough, Target is currently offering 25 percent off Beats Music $50 and $25 gift cards, resulting in respective savings of $12.5 and $6.25...

Target offering 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini for $199

Target is holding a significant sale right now in the run-up to Father's Day, and is discounting a number of its products. Among the deals, the retailer is offering the 16GB Wi-Fi model of the first generation iPad mini for $199.

That's a solid $100 off of the tablet's original price tag, and even beats out the ‘Special Limited Time’ pricing offered in the refurbished section of Apple's web store. We've got the full details on the short-term promotion below...