Apple Stores in the USA have just begun to receive shipments of the Apple Watch for in-store reservations via personal pickup, according to online sources. One such report says the Apple Watch will be available in-store today, but the breakdown of models and availability is not yet clear.
Apple Watch in stores imminently
Spot checks at Apple Online Stores shows that personal pickup remains unavailable for the Apple Watch at Apple Store locations in the USA. A dedicated reserve and pickup page for the watch that was live in April contains to redirect to the main Apple Watch page on the company’s website.
So far, Apple Watch orders have been exclusively online since the pre-orders started on April 10th, but Apple appears to be catching up on the backlog and is poised to start selling the wrist-worn iPhone accessory in stores soon.
Apple executive Jeff Williams also confirmed earlier this month that the company would start selling some models in stores, but did not provide a date. “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”.
The watch launches in seven more countries on June 26th: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. Currently, there is no word on the availability in Thailand, though the Thai Apple Store does say that the product is coming this year…
SOURCE: Mac Rumours.