Apple Watch is now on sale with the first pre-orders arriving on Friday, April 24 – you can set your friend’s inferior Android Wear smartwatch to that release date.
However, some Apple Watch colors are already sold out for day one, back as far as August. This means we have plenty of time to tell you every detail about what’s been hiding up Tim Cook’s sleeve.
- Want to see it in action? Check out our hands on: Apple Watch review
It’s an iPhone-compatible smartwatch officially dubbed Apple Watch, shedding the fabled iWatch moniker, as the company focuses on its first chic wearable over geeky tech.
To that lavish point, the Apple Watch price ranges from $349 (£299, AU$499) for the entry-level Sport model to $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000) for the top-tier 18-karat gold editions.
Apple Watch apps let you read email, summon Siri, receive calls and track fitness goals. Facebook, WeChat and Twitter notifications can also be beamed your wrist without pulling out your smartphone.
But is this really the first smartwatch that matters, like Cook says? Does its 18-hour battery life hold up? Is it water resistant? We finally have those answers days before the Apple Watch launch.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? An iOS 8.2-friendly watch that plays nice with your iPhone
- When is it out? This month, April 24. Pre-orders began April 10
- What will it cost? $349 (£299, AU$499) to $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000)
Apple Watch release date
The wait is almost over for the Apple Watch release date, which is officially set for April 24. Pre-orders began today, and you can try it on at the Apple Store during 15-minute appointments.
Apple is requiring appointments to try on the smartwatch and make an in-store purchase, so reserve a time in advance. This should eliminate sleep-deprived diehards who camp out for new Apple products.
It’ll be available in nine countries: US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. More countries get the Apple Watch at later date. Tim Cook promised.
In two weeks time, our Apple Watch vs Android Wear comparison can really …