Best Buy has just revealed that the Apple Watch will officially arrive at the retail giant’s physical and online stores starting on August 7th of this year.
Apple’s first and only wearable device (so far) will be made available at over a hundred Best Buy stores across the United States. Moreover, before the holiday season sets in, the Apple Watch should become available in another 200 Best Buy stores in the country.
Best Buy will be carrying the Apple Watch Sport, the entry level version of the device, starting at $349, as well as the Apple Watch, the midrange version, starting at $549. The retail giant will also offer a wide range of bands and other accessories for the Apple smartwatch.
In the months since its official launch back in April earlier this year, the Apple Watch has only been mainly available in Apple’s own online and retail stores. Except for a few limited luxury boutiques and department stores outside America, Apple’s wearable device basically can only be bought from Apple’s shelves. And as explained by Apple, because the demand for the Apple Watch was greater than what it initially expected, the company was compelled to offer the device via its stores only, focusing on serving customers who ordered the smartwatch ahead or were among the first to order it after its launch.
But now that the Apple Watch is set to hit Best Buy’s store shelves next month, the wearable device becomes more available than ever. As for Best Buy customers, they will soon be given an excellent opportunity to check out for themselves what the Apple Watch is really about.
According to Best Buy, customers will be able to see, try, and purchase 16 models of the Apple Watch. These include, of course, the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch versions either in 38 millimeter or 42 millimeter sizes. On top of that, customers can also choose from 50 accessories, including watch bands, watch screen protectors, stands, and chargers, among many others.
But wait -- why is there no mention of the luxury Apple Watch Edition? As stated by a Best Buy spokesperson, the retail giant will officially not be carrying the Apple Watch Edition, which can fetch at least $10,000. Still, two out of three is better than none at all. And besides, the Apple Watch Edition was more of a luxury item, which many expect to find in a high end boutique instead of Best Buy.
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