Apple’s Watch production is clearly ramping up, with Apple about to start in-store sales of some Apple Watch models in the next two weeks, while customers in 7 new countries can buy the Apple Watch online or in-store from 26 June 2015.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s Senior VP of Operations said: “The response to Apple Watch has surpassed our expectations in every way, and we are thrilled to bring it to more customers around the world.
“We’re also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders, and we thank our customers for their patience. All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.”
Friday 26 June is the date for those in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan to buy an Apple Watch from the Apple Online Store, at Apple’s retail stores and at select Apple Authorised Resellers.
Select Apple Authorised Resellers are in Milan, Seoul and Singapore - 10 Corso Como in Milan, BOONTHESHOP Cheongdam in Seoul and Malmaison by The Hour Glass in Singapore.
Apple says these stores ‘will have a curated selection of Apple Watch available at launch’.
The countries that already sell Apple Watch include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.
Apple notes how its Watch is its ‘most personal device yet’, and if my memory is correct, it has slightly evolved how it describes Apple Watch functions. The description is that it ‘is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion.’
Apple explains various features and benefits, and reminds us all that there are already ‘thousands of apps’ available.
Examples for the new countries given include being able to ‘order a taxi in Spain with MyTaxi, easily navigate the airport with the Genève Aéroport app, keep track of a Singapore Airlines flight, explore Italy with AroundMe, stay in touch with friends in South Korea with KakaoTalk, find the nearby YouBike station in Taiwan and access movie tickets with Cinepolis in Mexico.’
Apple Watch owners in countries where it is already sold can find similar apps to do similar things - just take a look at the App Store for the Apple Watch and you’ll see for yourself.
You can find out more about Apple’s amazing Watch here.
My initial report on wearing an Apple Watch can be read here it has been over three weeks since then with a lot of stuff happening in my life, but while I definitely have a follow-up article to come soon, the experience has only gotten better.
Apple Watch and iPhone 5 or better are the best accessories for each other and they’re made to work together more closely and usefully than any other smartphone and smartwatch combination.
It’s impressive stuff, harkening to a not-too-distant future where the iPhone itself comes with the same force touch and Taptic/haptic feedback features that Apple Watch offers today.
If you have an iPhone 5 or better, and want to improve that experience in an even more meaningful way than simply buying a new model of iPhone, then it is definitely worth checking out Apple Watch to see if you can see the benefit of buying one for yourself!