The Apple Watch sold nearly 1 million units via preorder on its very first day, but those hoping to get their gadget will have to wait a couple of months.
The highly anticipated Apple Watch, the tech giant’s next big offering, has already hit nearly 1 million preorders on its first day of being offered, but customers who want to get it in a store will have to wait until June to do so.
Currently, the only way to get an Apple Watch is to order it online, but models of the watch won’t ship until June, and Apple quietly removed its April 24 launch date from its websites, according to a USA Today report.
A memo to Apple Store employees from Angela Ahrendts, who runs Apple’s retail side, was the basis for this new timeframe. Apple hasn’t provided specifics on how many watches have been preordered since April 10, and the company doesn’t report quarterly earnings until April 27.
The Apple Watch launch has been a new experience for the company, certainly much different from the iPhone which saw people lined up around the block for the latest smartphone. There are no lines for the Watch as it isn’t available in stores and must be preordered.
And Apple isn’t likely to abandon those more traditional launches in the future, Ahrendts said in the memo, noting that “we all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days — and there will be many more to come.”
The smartwatch was first announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook back in September. The new gadget will incorporate fitness tracking and other health-related capabilities, and integration with other Apple products. It will come in three collections: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition, which will each have different combinations of cases and bands that are interchangeable. The watch will rely on an iPhone that is connected to it to do things like call or text.