The Apple Watch, Apple's first attempt at making wearable devices, is now officially available for preordering. But it appears that consumers will have to wait a while before they can actually get to wear the model they preordered.
Perhaps that supply may have a hard time keeping up with the initial demand. As soon as Apple started accepting preorders for its smartwatch ahead of its April 24th launch date, we are already seeing initial inventory selling out. As indicated in Apple's website, new orders for various Apple Watch models will not ship until summertime.
The Apple Watch comes in various models, with different sizes and accompanying bands. As seen on the US site of Apple, models that have black colored wrist straps, as well as those with grey colored cases, were among the first ones to run out.
As for the more expensive models, specifically the luxury Apple Watch Edition, which come with gold components, they will ship one week after the other less expensive versions at the soonest. However, in less than thirty minutes after the models became available for preordering, their shipment schedule as moved to as late as August of this year, depending on which specific model.
For now, it is difficult to determine if the problem is low supply, or just very high initial demand. To its credit, Apple's website held up pretty well handling the first wave of preorders. It might have helped that the company is only letting consumers preorder a maximum two Apple Watches at a time.
Among Apple's products, the Apple Watch is unique in so many ways. Not only is the device the tech giant's first ever wearable device, it is also the first one by Apple that is being offered in so many models and variants. Basically, there are three models -- the entry level Apple Watch Sport (starting at $349), the midrange Apple Watch (starting at $549), and the luxury model Apple Watch Edition (starting at $10,000). Each of these three models come in two sizes -- 38 millimeter and 42 millimeter. Then buyers can choose from a wide range of options pertaining to color and design for bands, and style and finish of the smartwatch (stainless steel, aluminum, gold).
Also, Apple is making a conscious effort to encourage buyers of the Apple Watch to purchase the device online, instead of lining up at Apple stores on launch day. The company is even allowing people to try on the device starting today, but they can only do so for a maximum of 15 minutes (those who try on the luxury Apple Watch Edition get an hour at most), and they will have to set appointments for fittings.
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