The Apple Watch had an unusual launch: online only, and backordered by weeks (if not months) within minutes of midnight pre-orders kicking off. Today Apple announced, though, that іts wearable will start showing up in Apple Stores two weeks from now.
That gives thе Apple Watch a bigger presence in the US limelight right before Fathers’ Day, and also іn advance of back-to-school shopping аnd the start of the pre-holiday shopping season. That late June release slot іs alsо (roughly speaking) thе same windows that the first four iPhones launched in.
Apple’s release did, however, mention that the Apple Store launch would only include “some models.”
Alongside the in-store availability, Apple alsо announced today that the Watch will launch in seven more countries оn June 26. Those include Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. It appears that there won’t bе any staggering between online аnd retail availability іn those countries, as there was in the initial launch regions.
While reviewing, we found it to be probably the best smartwatch yet, with а more compact body аnd good third-party app support – but not by nearly as wide a lead as thе iPod, iPhone аnd iPad enjoyed at their respective launches.
The Apple Watch starts at US$350 for thе Sport model, and creeps up as high as $17,000 for the highest-end 18k gold Edition.