The Apple Watch will officially be available to the public on Friday, April 24. Surprisingly, that launch does not include camping out in front of a brick and mortar Apple Store, nor will it involve the ability to pick up your Apple Watch from a physical store: Apple Senior VP Angela Ahrendts states that the tech company is simply too backlogged to fill the copious Apple Watch pre-orders and stock their 265 U.S. stores at the same time. Apple began accepting pre-orders earlier this month and had already sold out of their Sports edition watches within the span of just six and a half hours. So when is the Apple Watch going to be delivered to those who got to order one?
Expected delivery dates of those copious pre-ordered Apple Watches are all across the board, with some users initially expecting to see their brand new watches arrive in May or June. However, according to reports from the likes of MacRumors and 9to5Mac, many of those pre-orders are already being charged and expected to arrive as early as that launch date of April 24. One such Apple distribution center in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, has customers from southern states like Florida, Arkansas, and of course, Tennessee, reporting that they're receiving UPS My Choice confirmation already, with typical expected arrival dates ranging from April 24 to May 8.
Even an Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the Apple Watch will be shipped sooner than the expected May or June timeline that Apple had initially predicted. Celebrities like Beyoncé and Karl Lagerfeld already have their own highly exclusive Apple Watches in an attempt to court public favor and prove just how hip wearing a watch can still be, and now Apple is looking to court a whole different group of very important watch-wearers — developers. According to MacRumors, a select number of developers will be chosen to receive the 42mm Apple Watch Sport with a powdery blue band by April 28 if they want to purchase the device.
Those who are interested in what appears to be the designated developer's watch (though it is available widely) will be notified by Thursday, April 23, as to whether or not they'll be getting their Apple Watch no later than next Tuesday. Already, Apple has a detailed preliminary guide for third-party developers to tinker with the watch once it's in their possession. The guide, which will be continually updated as the Apple Watch becomes more widely available, is meant primarily for those with already existing iOS apps available for iPhone.
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