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Apple orders 5M Apple Watches ahead of launch

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On Tuesday, an article in the Wall Street Journal detailed Apple’s plan for how many Apple Watch units will be produced ahead its release in April and the report also gave more details about the price points for the least and most expensive models.

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The regular Apple Watch may start at $500.

 

Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reports that a half of the Apple Watch units produced will be the Sports model, a third will be the regular Apple Watch and the final portion will be the 18-karat gold Edition model.  The least expensive smartwatch will be the Sports version with a price of $349. The regular Apple Watch price wasn’t mentioned, but a report from iGen.fr in November said it would start at $500.

The Apple Watch Edition may start at $4,000.

The Apple Watch Edition may start at $4,000.

For the Apple Watch Edition, the WSJ and iGen.fr both report that Apple may be looking at a starting price of $4,000. This would make it one of the most expensive Apple products available. 9to5Mac created a poll that asked their readers what they think Apple will charge for the watch and as of this writing, 28% said between $1,500 and $2,000. In a close second was $3,500 to $4,500 with nearly 27% and $2,500 to $3,500 with 24%.  What is comes down to is that we really don’t know the price until Apple announces it in April. We know it will be expensive and it should be since it is made of 18-karat gold.

The Apple Watch release date will be announced at a rumored special media event in March.

Developers told to have Apple Watch apps ready by Feb 12

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When the first generation Apple Watch launches in April, Apple is hoping to have several Apple Watch-compatible apps all ready so the watch can be used immediately out of the box.  Apple is reportedly asking certain developers to have their iOS apps ready for launch by February 12th according to anonymous sources who have spoken with MacRumors.

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Apple may be requesting this from developers for two reasons: testing the Apple Watch and holding a special media event. The company will want to test these apps ahead of the watch’s launch in April to make sure they work without bugs and don’t drain the battery too much. Since the watch is a completely new product and developers don’t have experience with it, Apple will need as much time as possible to ensure the apps their developers have created work efficiently with the watch. Also, Apple may looking to hold a second special media event for the watch where they can have their developers talk about and demonstrate their apps. The Apple Watch will also bring Apple Pay to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. A media event may be needed in order to show these iPhone users how to use the payment service.

Several people in the Cupertino area have already been spotted using their Apple Watches which shows that Apple is now testing them in a wide, but controlled setting.  They have been seen integrating the watch into their daily lives by accessing Maps and viewing notifications.

The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, announced in their most recent earnings call that the Apple Watch is on schedule to ship in April. The watch will be starting at $349, which likely for the Sport collection.

Tim Cook confirms Apple Watch comes out in April

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Yesterday, Tim Cook met with shareholders during the company’s quarterly conference call to discuss earnings and results during the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year.  He reported how many of each product were sold, quoted earnings, answered some questions and then gave us new information about the Apple Watch.

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When answering questions, Cook went into detail about the timing of when Apple products are announced and then released.  For example, the Apple Watch was said it would come out in early 2015 and most people assumed this meant the first quarter (January to March) of 2015.  Cook, however, means something else when he says “early 2015.”  “Early” refers to the first four months, “mid” is the middle four months and “late” is the last four months.  So by saying “early 2015” for the release date of the Apple Watch, he really meant some time between January and April.  Yesterday he confirmed that the Apple Watch will be shipping in April.

The Apple Watch will work alongside the iPhone to provide notifications, more content and “glances” from apps on the smartphone. The company was aiming for a 19-hour battery life for the watch, which would require the user to charge it every night, but they may be missing their mark slightly.  The watch is still on its original schedule though.

Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers

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Yesterday, the fourth beta of iOS 8.2 was released to developers. As expected, this next major update to iOS 8 will be geared around the Apple Watch. The first beta brought WatchKit, which allows developers to create apps, Glances and notifications for the Apple Watch, and this new beta brings a new section under Bluetooth Settings that is dedicated to connecting wearable devices to the iPhone.

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The new section allows other devices, like the Apple Watch, to connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth. It reads that a dedicated Apple Watch app must also be downloaded for users to pair the watch with their phone. The app might come automatically with iOS 8.2 on the iPhone 5 or newer devices or it might have to be downloaded from the App Store. It will allow the user to control and set up their Apple Watch on their iPhone.

credit: iDownloadBlog

credit: iDownloadBlog

Earlier this month, sources familiar with the matter said that Apple is on track to release the Apple Watch in late March. This update is required for the watch to work so expect them to be released around the same time. There may be a couple more betas before it comes out.

When iOS 8 and the Apple Watch were rumored (before WWDC 2014), screenshots leaked online showing the new UI for iOS 8.  One of the apps shown was called “Watch Utility.”  It seems that Apple may have not gone with this name, but they definitely have decided to create an app specifically for controlling the watch.

The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the Sport collection.

Apple Watch on track to come out March 2015

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In November, the Senior Vice President of Retail sent a memo to all employees confirming the rough release date for the Apple Watch. The memo said that the watch would be available in the spring after the Chinese New Year.  The new year starts in the end of February and spring starts on March 20th.  A release date in March would make the most sense since it is after the Chinese New Year and it’s about spring time. Several sources have also confirmed a March release with 9to5Mac and training will be starting next month at the retail stores.

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

Training for the Apple Watch will take place February 9th-16th.  Representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, CA or Austin, TX to receive hands-on training with their new product category. Before the product comes out in March, these representatives will train the other employees at their respective retail stores.

March has been the planned timeframe for the Apple Watch since Apple introduced it in early September.  They advertised an “early 2015” release date and since March is still in the first quarter of the year, it qualifies as “early 2015.”  Software and hardware problems could push it back, but since the release date has been on track for over five months, Apple will likely not deviate from their plan.

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The Apple Watch will come in three collections: Sport, regular and Edition. The Sport model is confirmed that it will be available for $349, which is the least expensive of the smart watches. The regular one is rumored to be about $500 and the Edition model  is rumored to be a couple thousand dollars.

Apple Watch confirmed to launch in early Spring

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At first the Apple Watch release date was rumored to be Fall 2014, and then Apple announced it with a early 2015 release date, rumors spread it would come around Valentine’s Day and now an executive has confirmed an early Spring release.

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior VP of retail and online stores, sent a motivational video message to Apple Store employees recently.  It mentioned why everyone was hired, what there is to look forward to in the near future and a reminder that they are to provide the best experience possible to every customer.  When Angela was talking about the near future, she said: “We’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch coming in the spring.” This last line officially confirmed the release date for the Apple Watch.

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The holidays are in November/December, the Chinese New Year is on February 19th and Spring starts March 20th.  Apple has originally said that the watch would be coming early Spring so if they wanted to stand by their forecast and if Angela knows her stuff, then the Apple Watch should be here in late March.

Apple Announces First Wearable Product: Apple Watch

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In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, Apple announced their first wearable product and entered into a new category of products.  The Apple Watch, which is not called the rumored “iWatch” name, is a smart watch that works as an accessory to the iPhone.  The phone transmits data to the watch and vice versa so the person can quickly see notifications, messages, fitness levels, and more. It not only functions as a watch, but also as a calendar, a map, a heart-rate monitor, a messenger and much more. The watch also works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay.

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The Apple Watch is available in multiple sizes and styles.  The rectangular watch face is available in 38mm and 42mm.  The face comes in two finishes and is made with an alloy of stainless steel, aluminum or a unique combination of 18-Karat rose and yellow gold.  The bands come in multiple styles and colors: link bracelet, sport band, leather loop, classic buckle, modern buckle and Milanese loop. In addition, the software on the watch is very customizable and has more then ten different styles for showing the time.  Developers are also working on their own apps to work on the watch.

If there are too many choices available for the indecisive customer, Apple created three collections to help with selection.  The first one is the regular Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case, sapphire display and comes with any of the previously mentioned bands. The second watch collection is the Apple Watch Sport.   This one has the aluminum watch casing, strengthened Ion-X glass and comes with the sport band in one of five colors.  The final collection, which is the Apple Watch Edition, comes with a watch case made of 18-Karat gold, a sapphire crystal display and either the sport band, modern buckle or classic buckle.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple doesn’t go into detail with their marketing material about the technical specifications about the smart watch, but they do say a little bit about the design.  The watch face is made of either Ion-X glass or sapphire crystal (depending on the model), it features a touchscreen that is pressure-sensitive and is of Retina quality.  The right side has a digital crown that acts like the Home button and allows the screen to zoom in and out on a certain object, like a map. On the backside of the watch face, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protect infrared and LED lights and photodiodes that measure your heart rate.

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

Apple lists the starting price at $349, but this likely is for the lower-end smart watches.  The Apple Watch Edition will be the most expensive, probably around twice the price, because of its 18-Karat casing and sapphire crystal display.  Although the smart watch was announced in September, it won’t be available for sale until early 2015.  Apple may hold another event where they go into more detail about the watch and test out 3rd-party apps prior to the release date. Finally, check out the guide on CNET that has a hands-on approach to their post.