Apple unveiled the Apple Watch at the media event in September 2014, along with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and outlined the final details for the launch of the Apple Watch at the Spring Forward event in March.
Apple is available for pre-order in nine countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.
Apple Watch is powered by Apple’s custom-designed S1 SiP (System in Package), and includes revolutionary features such as the Digital Crown that lets you scroll, zoom, and navigate the display, which also works as a Home button and a convenient way to access Siri. The Retina Display on the Apple Watch features Force Touch, which adds a whole new dimension to the user interface, and one of the biggest innovation in sensing capability since multi-touch. It can sense the difference between a tap and a press, and accordingly provide access to controls within apps. Apple Watch also includes a Taptic engine for notifications, which many reviewers have said is the most impressive piece of technology of Apple Watch. It also includes a Heart Rate Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone. Apple Watch uses the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone for health and fitness tracking features.
The Watch is compatible with recent iPhone models, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8 or later.
Apple is selling the Watch in three different collections — Apple Watch, with a polished or space black stainless steel case; Apple Watch Sport, with a space gray or silver anodized aluminum case; and Apple Watch Edition, with an 18-karat rose or yellow gold case.
Apple Watch Sport is the least expensive model with prices starting at $349 for the 38mm model, and $399 for the 42mm model. This is followed by the Apple Watch, which commands a higher starting price tag of $549, which climbs to $1099 depending on the selected size and band options. Apple Watch Edition is the priciest Watch model with a base cost of $10,000 for the white sports band model.
Apple Watch straps include the Sport Band in black, blue, green, pink and white ($49); the Classic Buckle in black and midnight blue ($149); the Leather Loop in bright blue, light brown and stone ($149); the Modern Buckle in midnight blue, brown, soft pink, rose gray and bright red ($249); the Milanese Loop in stainless steel ($149); and the Link Bracelet in brushed stainless steel and polished space black ($449).
You can check our buyer’s guide to find out everything you need to know to buy the Apple Watch:
If you’re still on the fence then you may want to check out the Apple Watch review roundup.
Apple will be taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch exclusively through Apple’s Online Store, the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad (iTunes link), and select Apple Authorized Resellers in China and Japan during the launch period. Apple will start delivering the pre-orders from April 24, which is the official launch day of the device. We’ll update the post with the latest delivery estimates shortly.
You can also visit your local Apple Store for a personalized session to try on the Apple Watch with a Specialist. If you want to try on the Apple Watch, then you should make an appointment by going to www.apple.com.
If you’re having trouble preordering on Apple’s Online Store, which usually happens due to the surge in traffic, then try preordering using the Apple Store app (iTunes link).
Let us know how it goes in the comments. Good luck!
Update: The Apple Store is still not back up online, but the Apple Store iOS app is working smoothly, and many users have already even pre-ordered the Watch.
Update 2: Apple has officially sold out of all the variants of the Apple Watch with shipping estimates of the watch slipping to 4-6 weeks or June for selected variants.