Ahead of the official Apple Watch launch on Friday, some orders are preparing to ship while others still have weeks or months to prepare. Those that were lucky enough to place their pre-orders before everyone else at midnight PST were met with a two-week delivery window of 4/24 to 5/8. For those that are hoping to see their Apple Watch on Friday, the status of their Apple Watch should soon change to “Shipped”. According to a new report by MacRumors, the first set of Apple Watch devices have started being sent to various distribution centers across the United States so shipping is imminent.
Citing a source that has been accurate in the past, the report says that bulk shipments have begun and individual orders should start shipping very soon. When a customer pre-orders an item, Apple creates bulk shipments which are delivered to a few distribution facilities around the United States. The orders are then separated, the customer’s account gets charged, the status message is updated on the Orders page and the individual order ships.
The Apple Watch has seen an enormous amount of demand and a very limited supply. When pre-orders first started on Friday, April 10th, many watches slipped from delivery in the two-week window to June or even July. It only took six hours for the initial stock of Apple Watch devices to sell out. Due to this, Apple has announced that the watch will be unavailable to purchase in stores on April 24th.
UPDATE: Customers have begun getting charged for their Apple Watch devices and should expect delivery on Friday, April 10th.