The Apple Watch is finally available to customers, although many of them won’t be able to actually put one around their wrist for a few weeks at least . While copies of the watch have been put on display in many Apple stores across the world, those are for exhibition purposes only, as the only way you can get a smartwatch is by pre-ordering one.
And then, wait…
Apple executives said the main reason behind their choice to make their smartwatch pre-order exclusive was to avoid the extraordinary long lines that formed each time when Apple launched a new product. But while consumers save time by not waiting in line to buy an Apple Watch, they do have to wait a lot longer to get their copy.
Apple announced it will not begin delivering the products until April 24, which means it will be almost two weeks until the first smartwatches will reach their respective owners. But thos who actually had the opportunity to test the device, even for just a few minutes, are said to be very pleased about what they found.
The Apple Watch is available on display in many countries, such as Australia, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada, China, France and the UK. While in most places no one had to stay in line just to order or throw a quick glance at the device, Honk Kong was the exception and a five-minute queue was formed outside the Apple store there.
Another short line formed in London, and Simon Shenton, one of the enthusiastic owner of the Apple Watch, confessed there were more reporters and Apple staff members inside the store than customers, so no complain can be made there.
In fact, one of the few ‘complaints’ the interested buyers had is that there are simply too many Apple Watch models to choose from, and they spend a lot more time settling for one version instead of actually ordering it.
There are at least 18 Apple Watch variations available in most stores, and each one has its specifics: different size, different wrist band, there is even a luxury edition, ranging between $10,000 and $18,000. The luxury model, simply named “Edition”, is made entirely of an 18-karat gold alloy and is pretty much the best you can get out of the Apple Watch. Adding that each item offers three different configurations, there is a minimum of 54 different version of the Apple Watch people can chose from.
No matter the size or price, all models of the watch have been pre-order for at least six or eight weeks. The cheaper versions – like the $749 Modern Buckle or the $349 Apple Watch Sport – are sold out until June. The Apple Watch is the first original product the company launched after the death of Steve Jobs, its iconic founder and former CEO. And so far, it seems he would have been pleased.
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