As Apple Watch Pre-Order Begins, Here Are The Key Details
The day of the Apple Watch is almost upon us, for Apple has just begun taking pre-orders of the wearable gadget. If you're curious, confused, or just plain undecided on whether you actually want this device in your life, you'll find all the information you could possibly need below.
Everything You Need To Know About Apple Watch Pre-Order and Launch
Apple Watch Try-On Sessions
If you would like to take a closer look a the Apple Watch before going ahead and handing over money, then Apple will be holding try-on sessions at its retail stores throughout the pre-order phase, which runs from now until the April 24th launch. You can book an appointment in advance, something that Apple recommends to avoid delay, but you can just walk into your local Apple outlet and try it for size.
How can I pre-order?
Apple is looking to distance itself from the image of consumers queuing for days, often weeks for its products. With Angela Ahrendts, former Burberry CEO, now in charge of Apple's retail and online stores, she's looking to revamp Apple's image as a top-end fashion brand as well as a tech giant.
For Apple Watch buyers, this is relevant because it means that for the launch period, you'll only be able to order online. You can opt for the device to be shipped to your house, or you can go and pick it up from your local store, but if you decide to just waltz into an Apple Store on the 24th or shortly thereafter, you're going to be left disappointed.
Needless to say, pre-ordering at the earliest opportunity is a wise move. It means that you're much more likely to pin down the specification of Apple Watch you want, and although this week's reviews of the device were relatively mixed, it's now time for the mass market to speak.
Which Apple Watch Am I?
This is the million-dollar question. Apple has 38 different specifications of the smartwatch on sale from the start, with prices starting at a few hundred bucks running up into the tens of thousand. You can find an extensive buyer's guide right here, and below, we'll briefly summarize the different variations.
Apple Watch Sport
The cheapest of the three main umbrella ranges, the Apple Watch Sport is designed to suit the active user. It's made of aluminum, and features a rough-and-ready Ion-X display, which means that it should be able to cope with the occasional drop without shattering. It also offers an assortment of basic watch bands in various colors.
There are ten different variants of the Apple Watch Sport in total, but aside from the different sizing options, they're all identical in terms of features and design. The only real difference being the color of the strap / body.
Simply known as the Apple Watch, this range is essentially a level up from the Apple Watch Sport. In technical terms, it's the same, but the design is much more elegant, with a stainless steel body and sapphire crystal display.
The key advantage, besides the fact that it's weightier (40g vs. 25g) and will look and feel like a more premium product, is that the sapphire crystal display will be better equipped to deal with scratches. Where the Watch Sport is well-placed to tackle the elements, the Watch is made for your everyday
poser wearer, so if you want a smartwatch that looks the part and don't plan on doing too much running around, this may be your guy.
Apple Watch Edition
You've probably already gathered that the Apple Watch is pricey, but if you are looking to buy one of the eight different models available, there are a few additional things you need to know.
The main consideration is that the Apple Watch Edition range will not be stocked at all stores; only certain outlets will see these coveted models.
To find out which stores carry the Apple Watch Edition, use the Find locations feature on Apple's website, which you can find here. Tap on the Sales option, let the browser find your location (or enter it yourself), and you'll be able to discover which stores stock the Apple Watch Edition.
Bands and Accessories
The Apple Online Store is not exactly packed with accessories, offering 1- and 2-meter magnetic Apple Watch chargers at $29 and $39 respectively.
There are a number of different bands, however, and it should be made clear that any band can be used with any model of Apple Watch, so long as it's designed for that size of case.
So a 38mm band will fit snugly with any and all Watch models of that size, and the same goes for the 42mm bands with the 42mm Apple Watch models.
There's no official way to use a custom band, but start-up companies are already well into designing kits that will let you utilize your own straps with Apple Watch. There will, we assume, also be a flood of third-party bands headed to market, and with the link bracelet band costing $449 alone, those shrewder folk may want to wait until after the launch for better-priced alternatives.
Apple Watch will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. from April 24th, which will signal the end of the pre-order phase.
Will you be making your Apple Watch pre-order? We very much hope that this guide has helped to make things a little clearer for you, and if you have any further questions or suggestions, please leave them below.