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Natasha Lomas

December 19th

Gadgets

Here’s how to get ready to press the button on your iPhone 6S/Plus with new pre-pre-order function

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Not content with its usual opening up of pre-orders before the new iPhones go on sale, Apple has this year added pre-pre-order functionality to both website and Apple Store app in the US.

Under a link labelled ‘Get ready for pre-order,’ Apple allows you to enter your account details (phone number, zip code and last four digits of social security number) to find out exactly what your upgrade will cost you. Once pre-orders go live, you should then be able to simply select your model, color, storage and any accessories before completing check-out.

For those who want to upgrade every year, Apple yesterday announced a new iPhone Upgrade Program, providing a new, unlocked iPhone with AppleCare+ from $32/month.

Pre-orders go live at 00:01 PDT/03:01 EDT on Saturday.


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Ben Lovejoy

September 10th

Apple

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First Space Black, Modern Buckle, & Leather Loop Apple Watch orders shipping

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Apple has begun charging for and preparing to ship the first orders of the 42MM Space Black stainless steel, Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, and international stainless steel Link Bracelet orders, according to reports from several readers. Standard Apple Watch with Link Bracelet orders started arriving in the United States yesterday…

modernbuckleshipImage via @Charavel

Besides the Apple Watch Edition, these models were the last variants of the Apple Watch to not yet ship. We noted this was likely due to the more complex design and manufacturing of these particular band combinations. Apple began shipping standalone Link Bracelets and Leather Loops last week, while the standalone Modern Buckle still reads as “currently unavailable.”

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With these models being charged for and preparing to ship this morning, it appears likely that they will actually ship later today and begin arriving at the homes of customers tomorrow. During the April pre-order process, Apple indicated that many of these Watches would arrive between May 13 and May 27th, so it appears that Apple will be hitting the earlier side of that timeframe.

Update: Orders begin shipping with deliveries tomorrow:

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Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Aluminium, Amazon Prime, Apple Inc, Apple Store Online, Apple TV, Pre-order, smartwatch, Stainless steel, steel, United States

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Mark Gurman

May 13th

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First Space Black, Modern Buckle, & Leather Loop Apple Watch orders shipping

Screenshot 2015-05-13 04.43.39

Apple has begun charging for and preparing to ship the first orders of the 42MM Space Black stainless steel, Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, and international stainless steel Link Bracelet orders, according to reports from several readers. Standard Apple Watch with Link Bracelet orders started arriving in the United States yesterday…

modernbuckleshipImage via @Charavel

Besides the Apple Watch Edition, these models were the last variants of the Apple Watch to not yet ship. We noted this was likely due to the more complex design and manufacturing of these particular band combinations. Apple began shipping standalone Link Bracelets and Leather Loops last week, while the standalone Modern Buckle still reads as “currently unavailable.”

Image via @CharavelImage via @Charavel

With these models being charged for and preparing to ship this morning, it appears likely that they will actually ship later today and begin arriving at the homes of customers tomorrow. During the April pre-order process, Apple indicated that many of these Watches would arrive between May 13 and May 27th, so it appears that Apple will be hitting the earlier side of that timeframe.

Update: Orders begin shipping with deliveries tomorrow:

Screenshot 2015-05-13 10.28.57


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Mark Gurman

May 13th

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Apple Watch orders with May & June ship dates being charged, preparing for delivery

Apple Watch shipment

Several 9to5Mac readers with Apple Watch orders that promise May and June ship dates are seeing their order status change from ‘processing’ to ‘preparing for shipment’ despite the delayed delivery dates. Customers seeing these status changes have also reported seeing charges for the Apple Watch purchase. This is usually a sign that the pre-order is moving toward delivery, although for now the delivery dates appear to be unchanged making an early delivery uncertain.

Apple started charging the first round of Apple Watch pre-order customers earlier this week as orders began entering the ‘preparing for shipment’ phase ahead of this Friday’s launch.

Still, several Apple Watch pre-order customers with delivery dates of April 24-May 8 still see ‘processing’ orders that have yet to be charged suggesting not all pre-orders with the initial delivery date range will be delivered on launch day.

The reports of Apple Watch pre-order customers with May and June ship dates now being charged and seeing orders prepare for shipment adds to the uncertainty of whether or not customers with early delivery dates will see shipments on Friday.


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Zac Hall

April 22nd

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Apple Watch orders with May & June ship dates being charged, preparing for delivery

Apple Watch shipment

Several 9to5Mac readers with Apple Watch orders that promise May and June ship dates are seeing their order status change from ‘processing’ to ‘preparing for shipment’ despite the delayed delivery dates. Customers seeing these status changes have also reported seeing charges for the Apple Watch purchase. This is usually a sign that the pre-order is moving toward delivery, although for now the delivery dates appear to be unchanged making an early delivery uncertain.

Apple started charging the first round of Apple Watch pre-order customers earlier this week as orders began entering the ‘preparing for shipment’ phase ahead of this Friday’s launch.

Still, several Apple Watch pre-order customers with delivery dates of April 24-May 8 still see ‘processing’ orders that have yet to be charged suggesting not all pre-orders with the initial delivery date range will be delivered on launch day.

The reports of Apple Watch pre-order customers with May and June ship dates now being charged and seeing orders prepare for shipment adds to the uncertainty of whether or not customers with early delivery dates will see shipments on Friday.


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Zac Hall

April 22nd

Apple

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KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85% Sport, <1% Edition. Run rate pegged at 2-3M/month

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In a new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the very analyst with an impressive track record estimates that global pre-orders for the Apple Watch will top 2.3 million units through May. A report earlier this week claimed that Apple Watch first day pre-orders were at almost 1 million units…

Further breaking it down by specific model, Kuo estimates that the Sport model of the Apple Watch accounted for 85 percent of pre-orders, while the Apple Watch accounted for 15 percent, and the Edition less than 1 percent. That doesn’t jibe much with our poll/survey which leaned heavier toward more expensive models but y’all are ballers.

Kuo goes on to say that the production issues surrounding the Apple Watch center around the vibration unit of the device that provides haptic feedback and the display. The display is provided by LG’s display unit which had been reported previously. Kuo claims that Apple appears to be aiming at producing 2-3 million Watches per month – at least until a possible holiday ramp.

While 2.3 million pre-orders tops all other smartwatches, Kuo says it’s still too soon to tell if the Apple Watch will be a success. Early sales were to hardcore Apple fans in the US and abroad and aren’t necessarily indicative of long term success.

Furthermore Kuo discusses production of the next iPhone and iPad’s A9 processor in his most recent report. The analyst claims that TSMC will obtain 30 percent of chip orders for the next generation iPhone. While it has been reported previously that Samsung will manufacture the majority of the chips, Kuo says that Apple is concerned about insufficient 14nm capacity at Samsung. Samsung has reportedly had better-than-expected market feedback to its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge flagships and has decided to dedicate resources to those devices at this time.


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Chance Miller

April 16th

Apple

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Apple Watch pre-orders will begin at 12:01 PDT on April 10

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We’re now a week away from the first day of Apple Watch pre-order sales, and Apple has updated its online store to officially announce that orders will begin after 12:01 AM PT/3:01 AM ET on April 10th.

The pre-order period will last two weeks (although stock likely won’t) while the Apple Watch will be available for preview at Apple Stores and select retailers. These retailers include Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Selfridges in London, and Isetan in Tokyo.

At launch on April 24th, the Apple Watch will be available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.

The aluminum Apple Watch Sport collection starts at $349 and the stainless steel Apple Watch collection begins at $549 while the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition ranges from $10,000 to $17,000.

The new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display (available in silver, gold, and space gray) will be available to purchase on the same day that Apple Watch pre-orders begin.

Earlier today, 9to5Mac reported new details including prices of AppleCare+ for each Apple Watch collection with warranty pricing ranging from $59 to $999. Catch up on our Apple Watch FAQ here.


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Zac Hall

April 3rd

Apple

Mac

Opinion: Understanding the extended period between the Apple Watch event and next month’s launch

Christy Turlington Burns & Tim Cook

Apple has shown off the Apple Watch at a special event now on two occasions: first after the iPhone 6 last September, then after the new 12-inch MacBook last week. We know how the Apple Watch will look, how much it will cost, when we can buy it and for how much. Many developers are ready to ship apps for the Apple Watch, and we’re already seeing an accessory market for Apple’s wearable.

Since last week’s event, I’ve been thinking about why Apple might have chosen to have its second Apple Watch unveiling more than a month before people can actually buy the device. My conclusion? It’s complicated, but mostly necessary considering the complexity of actually buying the right watch.

Apple’s motivation is to ensure that you have an iPhone 5 or later before next month, and that you have the answer to a number of questions including how many millimeters your wrist measures if you plan to pre-order before trying on an Apple Watch. And because we know how major iPhone launches go with getting the exact model you want, pre-ordering will be the first opportunity to secure the Apple Watch of your choice or risk waiting even longer.

Why So Early?

If for no other reason, Apple needed to do something to keep the hype going between September 9th (when it first unveiled the watch) and April 24th (when the watch will be available) That’s 227 days, and 227 days feels infinite in the tech cycle.

On the other hand, holding the last big event before the watch goes on sale to the public so far in advance runs the risk of potentially losing momentum before even the pre-order date. More likely, though, is that the scale of interest in the Apple Watch has gotten so high that the worst that could happen is the watch becomes a smaller part of the conversation again before completely stealing our attention once again.

For Apple, it’s primetime to get the word out that Apple Watch is coming.

iOS 8.2 and Apple Watch app

How does the Apple Watch continue to be a part of the conversation over the next few weeks? In part, iOS 8.2 and the Apple Watch app. Apple needed to ship iOS 8.2 far ahead of the watch since it’s required for pairing to an iPhone. We now have this non-functional Apple Watch app on our iPhones, though, and the watch is still weeks away. That’s 46 days, to be exact, between iOS 8.2 adding it to our homescreens and the first day we can actually pair it with an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app will be even more important once the product goes on sale and people can actually buy the device and put the app to use.

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Early 2015 to Late April

When the Apple Watch was shown off last September, Tim Cook first said that it would be available in early 2015. Cook later specified that the watch development was on track for release in April standing by the description of early 2015.

Apple products tend to go on sale on Fridays, so I suspected an April 24th release based on being the last possible Friday in that month. The early March event, however, made me second guess that assumption thinking that maybe Apple would surprise and delight with an even earlier ship date, possibly in March.

Given the amount of information we learned last week — and more so the number of decisions you need to make before buying an Apple Watch — the extended period between last week’s event and next month’s launch makes a lot more sense to me.

Get Your Affairs in Order

Aside from the usual decisions you have to make like how you will pay and where you plan to buy, the Apple Watch requires a whole list of other decisions unique to the watch unlike any other Apple product.

There are the obvious decisions like which casing — aluminum, steel, or gold — you plan to buy, then you have to choose between various band materials and colors. There’s also the choice between 38mm and 42mm cases (the Apple Store app makes this easier).

The tricky part comes in when you look at specific band sizes. Unless you’re buying the Apple Watch Sport which includes both available band size options, expect to need to decide between particular band sizes.

Apple Watch band sizes

For example, the leather loop band for the 42mm Apple Watch is offered in Medium for 150-185mm wrists and Large for 180-210mm wrists. The modern buckle for the 38mm Apple Watch has even more options: Small for 135-150mm, Medium for 145-165mm, and 160-180mm wrists.

I don’t know the size of my wrist in millimeters without measuring, and I bet I’m not alone. Picking up a soft measuring tape before pre-orders on April 10th is high on my to-do list. Between learning band sizes and the upcoming pre-order date, Apple has offered 32 days and a helpful band sizing chart to prepare.

Pre-order or Anything Goes

Of course, the Apple Watch will be available to preview at Apple Stores for two whole weeks before anyone can actually take it home. This period will be useful for deciding which band fits best, but we have no idea how soon each Apple Watch will sell out during pre-orders so I wouldn’t recommend relying on this method. Among our readers, the space gray aluminum model and space black steel model are especially popular.

Apple Watch Sport

While that two week pre-order period also seems lengthy, it’s not unprecedented. The first iPad, for example, had a three week pre-order period. Nevertheless, if you have your heart set on a specific Apple Watch style, I would take advantage of online pre-orders as early as possible or risk waiting or picking another option altogether.

Apple Watch Logistical Nightmare

We see this more and more lately with iPhone launches. As Apple offers more carrier options (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and colors (space gray, silver, gold) in addition to storage options (16GB, 64GB, 128GB), it becomes more difficult around launch time to actually find the specific configuration you want in stock.

The Apple Watch will be the same way, only 100 times worse. Rather than choosing between carriers, colors, storage, and screen size, you have material, material color, case size, band, band size, and band color.

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For example, you show up for a $399 42mm Apple Watch Sport in silver/white or space gray/black, but the only options are silver/green, pink, or blue, possibly even in 38mm. Repeat this scenario a dozen times and you see why pre-ordering as soon as possible will be critical to getting the Apple Watch at launch that you want.

All the more reason to get your affairs in order sooner than later and take advantage of the stretch of time between the Apple Watch events and the Apple Watch launch. While Apple will have a new Reserve and Preview system at its retail stores to accompany the launch, the new system will really only be useful if inventory for each Apple Watch style is up to demand.

Bottom Line

The Apple Watch launch is a logistical complexity for both Apple and customers. While the extended period between the event and the launch may seem empty, it’s really time to make some important decisions if you expect to have the Apple Watch on day one.

For Apple, the company is putting together all the right pieces to pull off a massive launch. For developers, it’s crunch time to get WatchKit apps ready to the Apple Watch App Store. For customers, though, it’s time to find the answer to a number of questions before buying the Apple Watch.

If you’re planning on buying an Apple Watch at launch, do you know where, which style, and even which band size? Let us know which Apple Watch in our mega poll, and share your thoughts in the comments below.


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Zac Hall

March 16th

Apple

Mac

Ready for Google’s new monster tablet, the Nexus 9?

Ready for Google's new monster tablet, the Nexus 9 ? You can now pre-order one from Google, HTC, Amazon, or Best Buy.

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October 17th

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