Can not wait to get your hands on Apple's first ever wearable device? You might want to make your reservation now.
As suggested by leaked training documents from Apple obtained by MacRumors, it appears that buyers who simply go to an Apple Store to buy the Apple Watch may not be able to get the device right there and then. Instead, these buyers will have to reserve a specific model of the wearable device by way of an online reservation system.
This should not be too surprising. In the press release that Apple sent out last March 9, the company did state that the Apple Watch would begin selling on April 24th online or by reservation in its stores. And beginning April 10th, the device will be up for preordering via Apple's online store. On the same day, the Apple Watch will also be made available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Japan for preview.
Also by then (from April 10th to April 24th), customers will be able to try on the device (for only 15 minutes tops) at Apple retail stores, but by appointment. As for those who try on the device and decide right there and then to buy it, an Apple sales staff will help them place a reservation online or via the Apple Store app.
The fact that Apple is resorting to online reservations may be a sign that the company may not have produced enough Apple Watches to meet the demand, at least with regards to the initial roll out. The obvious result of course is that walk in customers may not be able to buy the device when they go flocking to Apple Stores without making a reservation. But in the weeks following the launch date when the initial demand has calmed down a bit, Apple should be able to cater to walk in customers.
Apple's wearable device is available in three basic models -- the entry-level Apple Watch Sport (which starts at a price of $349), the midlevel Apple Watch (available at about $549), and the luxury level Apple Watch Edition (which fetches at $10,000 and up).
Apparently, at least according to the leaked training documents, Apple salespeople will primarily entertain those customers who want to try on the entry level Sport and midlevel Apple Watch at Apple stores during the demo period running from April 10 to April 24. But as for those who want to try on the Edition version, customers will only be entertained, one at a time, by a single dedicated expert who is specially trained to demo and sell the luxury level Apple Watch. And whereas Sport and midlevel Apple Watch customers get only 15 minutes, those who try on the Apple Watch Edition get as long as an hour to demo the device. Plus, they will be allowed to try on up to two Edition models at one time.
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