Apple’s first wearable has been available online since all the way back in April, but now it looks like it’s going to be increasing its availability – making an appearance on your local high street.
Following the furore surrounding the wearable’s release, Apple stuck to an online only ordering method. Many of these orders were also curtailed by long delivery estimates, which were threatening to push up to ten weeks in some circumstances.
Starting June 26th, Apple’s first wearable will be available to pick-up in all of its UK based stores, but it’s not quite as easy as just walking in and picking your favourite.
To buy the first Apple wearable, you’ll have to jump through a series of hoops (albeit easy ones), which is much like registering for a Genius Bar appointment for when you’re having problems with your phone.
Firstly, you’ll need to register online and enter your current Apple ID along with a local telephone number.
Only then can you choose an appointment date and time, after a special code comes through to your email address following registration. Also, you can only book within 30 minutes of receiving the said code, so you’d better act fast once the email comes through.
Once you’ve had your reservation confirmed you can head into the Apple Store you’ve chosen and walk out with a fancy new smartwatch on your wrist, putting an end to that agonising delivery wait you’d have to go through online.
One slight niggle Apple isn’t ironing out is that only two versions of the watch will be available in store, with the Watch Edition staying as an online only product. This is probably down to the outlandish cost that comes with the golden version of the wearable – which can rise to £13,000.
Some fashion boutiques across the globe do happen to stock the Apple Watch Edition in-store, but availability is quite scarce.
The highest selling Apple Watch has been the cheapest Sport edition, with the rubber sports wrist strap also proving popular. Apple is also planning to improve the tech with a new software update this fall, so if you’re worried about being stuck with an antiquated operating system then think again.
Apple is also making sure that all of its international customers are appeased as well, by utilising the in-store purchase system across Europe and Australia on the same date.
Written by Luke Hatfield