Apple Watch – demand may exceed supply

The Apple Watch will be launched today and pre-orders will start flying out at 12:01 AM Pacific – only in select countries like United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom.

Angela Ahrendts, retail chief for Apple has been reported of saying that Apple Watch will sell exclusively on-line on launch day to ensure that customers are going through the best buying experience. Also, clients who wish to try-on the Apple Watch in their preferred store should have, by now, set an appointment – where an Apple employee will go through the basics of the smart watch’s capabilities, its functions, and how to properly take care of the device.

” We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts. “To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”

Apple has stated that some models won’t be available for the 24th of April delivery  – their German website estimates the delivery time for their Sport line-up to 4-6 weeks from the official launch date.

It seems that their tactic of selling exclusively on-line is working perfectly for Apple – you can call the company many things, but predictable isn’t one of them.

David Pogue, Yahoo! Tech reviewer, has already tinkered with Apple’s new toy, and he concluded that it’s a magical beast – half computer, half jewellery. It’s better than any-other smart watch on the market, light years better, but a lot of reviewers, not just David, think that you don’t really need a smart watch.

If you thought that Apple couldn’t surprise you any more, wait until you hear about this – ” And here’s a surprising feature that Apple hasn’t said anything about previously: When the watch is in a known Wi-Fi hotspot, the watch can perform the most essential online functions even when your phone is completely dead, turned off, or absent. It can query Siri, for example, send and receive texts, and send/receive drawings and tap patterns to other watch owners. That’s impressive.” – David Pogue has stated.

Even with the iPhone dead, turned off, the smart watch can perform all of the basic iPhone duties – like sending, and receiving texts, or pictures.

Everyone thought that with Steve Job’s passing Apple will soon start rolling down from the hill they conquered – but it doesn’t feel like so. Actually, Apple is setting a new trend with their smart watches, because they also prioritize design. If you wear Apple’s Watch you won’t feel something clunky on your wrist – it’s no way near the annoying experience of sporting an Android smart watch that feels just like an old Nokia 3310 strapped on your arm. The device is smaller than your average smart watch, and that is the key difference between wearing a nice piece of jewellery, or trying to duct tape your smart phone on your wrist.

The Apple Watch is available in three models – more may be launched in the future;

  • Apple Sport – Aluminium Alloy – $350 and upwards;
  • Apple Watch – Stainless Steal – $550 and upwards;
  • Apple Watch Edition – 18k hardened gold –  $10,000 and upwards;

There’s no technical difference between them – only the casing changes; so why would anyone buy an 18k gold smart watch? The answer to that question is right in front of you – why would anyone buy an 18k gold watch?

It seems really awesome, and I’m sure to buy one – in the future. I want to see user reviews for it, I want to hear what the Apple community has to say about it, how a week, a month, a year using the smart watch is like.

What are your plans? Have you set up your appointment for today? Or are you waiting for more reviews?

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