Video game retailer Gamestop is now planning to sell Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices, in the company’s move to enter the mobile gaming market.
According to a report by 9 to 5 Mac, Gamestop announced at a trade show in Las Vegas that the company will start carrying iOS products. Earlier this year, the retailer used iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads in exchange for store credit in some of its locations, which eventually expanded nationwide.
The company’s decision to sell iOS devices is not really surprising because iOS devices are now as popular as other handheld gaming devices.
“GameStop is first doing trade-ins/used products before phasing in new ones, perhaps as Apple launches iPhone 5 in October,” according to the report.
Rumors of a mid-October iPhone 5 release date has been widely talked about online, after leaked documentation from Best Buy surfaced. The smartphone has not been officially announced, but Germany’s Deutsche Telekom is already taking pre-orders for the much-awaited phone.
The iPhone 5 is also rumored to be release on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, marking the first time that the popular smartphone from Apple has been offered by all major carriers in the United States.
It is not guaranteed that Gamestop will sell the iPhone 5, so there is a chance that users who trade in their iPhones will only get store credit to buy games.