Apple has just wrapped up their “Spring Forward" media event, and at long last many of the finer details about the Apple Watch have been unveiled. Finally we know specific pricing for the various Apple Watch models, and we finally know when the general public will be able to get their hands on the watch: April 24th in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom and United States. Just in case you missed any of this information, and to have it available in one handy place, here’s all the pertinent information about the various models, pricing and availability for the Apple Watch.
April 10th Pre-order and Preview – On April 10th you’ll be able to pre-order an Apple Watch, or if you’d rather get some hands-on time with the device before committing to getting one, on this day you’ll be able to go into any Apple Retail Store and get an in-person demo of the Apple Watch.
April 24th Available – This will be the day that the Apple Watch will actually be available. It’ll be interesting to see if people line up outside of Apple Retail Stores for the Apple Watch like they do with the iPhone, or just kick back and wait for a nice delivery person to bring it to them at home (I’ll be opting for the latter).
Apple Watch Models
Apple Watch Sport – This is the entry-level Apple Watch, and as the name alludes to, probably the one you’ll want to use if you’re engaged in physical activities. The watch case is made of anodized aluminum that comes in silver or space gray, and the band is made of a special rubber called fluoroelastomer that comes in five different colors. All Apple Watch models come in two different sizes, 38mm and 42mm. Pricing is as follows:
– 38mm – $349.00
– 42mm – $399.00
Apple Watch – The mid-tier model of Apple Watch is simply called Apple Watch. This version comes with a stainless steel casing, in two colors: natural highly polished stainless steel or space black stainless steel. The Apple Watch collection can use a variety of different bands. There’s three options of leather band, a link bracelet band, a Milanese loop, and one made from high performance fluoroelastomer rubber. The various bands mean that the price can vary for the stainless steel versions of the Apple Watch.
38mm – $549-$1049 Depending on band
42mm – $599-$1099 Depending on band
Apple Watch Edition – This is the upper-tier version of the Apple Watch. Actually, “upper-tier" doesn’t quite do it justice. This is the baller Apple Watch, and it’s made from solid 18k gold. Not gold-plated, but made from gold. As such, the Apple Watch Edition is markedly higher in price than the previous models, and will only be available in select Apple Retail Stores.
The starting price for the Apple Watch Edition is $10,000.
So there you have it, everything Apple Watch has been unleashed on the world. While the Apple Watch stole the show at this particular media event, there were also plenty of other announcements, like a new medical research initiative for iPhones, a price reduction and full HBO standalone subscription support for the Apple TV, and a killer new MacBook laptop. If you missed the keynote the replay is available on Apple’s website right now.
So what’s the verdict? Are you getting an Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments!