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Apple Targeting Early April Launch Date for Apple Watch

Apple has not provided details on when the Apple Watch might begin shipping to customers beyond the broad "April" launch date shared by CEO Tim Cook, but new information provided to MacRumors suggests the Apple Watch could see a release more towards the beginning of April rather than the end of the month.

According to a reliable source that spoke with MacRumors, Apple is planning to begin moving Apple Watches to centralized distribution points in the U.S. during the first few days of the month, with an Apple Watch release possibly coming during the first full week of April, between April 6 and April 10.

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A launch date around this time would see the Apple Watch shipping approximately one month after the company's planned March 9 media event, where it is expected to unveil new details about the Apple Watch. There are many details about the device that the company has kept under wraps, including its prospective battery life and full pricing details on the middle tier Apple Watch and higher-end Apple Watch Edition.

Apple will likely share a specific Apple Watch release date during the March 9 event, and we're also likely to find out whether the company will be accepting pre-orders. With an early April launch timeline, Apple could begin accepting pre-orders during the last week of March.

Apple will be live streaming its March 9 media event, and MacRumors will also be providing live coverage of the information the company unveils about the Apple Watch.

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20 months ago

This could really be taken the wrong way. :eek::eek:


Fappy Hour? :p
Rating: 12 Votes
20 months ago
My wrist is ready.
Rating: 10 Votes
20 months ago
Seems like it would be sooner after a March 9th media event. I'm skeptical. Either way, looking forward to seeing one in person.
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago
Que the Chinese lady interpreter. No worries, I have been practicing.:cool::D:p
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago

I heard that it will work with a third party glucose monitor. My guess is you might be able to deduct that as a medical expense, but don't try justifying the Apple Watch Edition to get you over 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. Ask a tax accountant, but the common sense test says the Watch is a personal expense.


Ask your doctor if the Apple Watch is right for you!
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago
This is how I name all of my devices from Apple:

iMac - iMac
MacBook Pro - LaptopMac
iPhone - PocketMac
iPad - MacTab

Say hello to WristMac!
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

My wrist is ready.


This could really be taken the wrong way. :eek::eek:
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago
I really like the look of the metal bands but I think I'm leaning towards the sport bands just to keep things lighter. I don't wear a watch now so wearing one will be a big enough change without any added weight. Not that its much but any will be a difference.

Looking forward to it. Already feel a little guilty for spending the cash and its not even out. Its just that I know its on my to-buy list.

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Amazing we haven't seen any leaks of it yet! They must already have manufactured a million of these.


What would be in the leak? Its already been shown on stage, on Tim and in ad's. Not being snarky, just curious what a leak would show other than more of what they have already shown us.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago

I wonder how there were no leaks of the Apple Watch leading up to it's unveiling last year, but when compared to the iPhones before unveiling there are always many leaks. This makes me think that all iPhone leaks are done at Apple's will.


You are thinking wrong. Leaks of new product introductions are always quite limited in numbers. Also the iPhone and the iPad didn't see a lot of these before their introductions. That is because Apple is actually quite good at keeping secrets, and it is also quite easy to control because most of the new products are confined to small labs in the Apple headquarters.

It is different once the products are in full production. That's when supply-chain become so massive, and many third parties become involved. So it gets progressively easier to obtain product info. All these leaks that you see of components, product schematics etc. are the result of employees of manufacturing and shipping partners posting stuff on the Internet. This has got nothing to do with intentional leaking. It's also wouldn't make sense, because apples product cycle is very well-known and well established. That means that no one and certainly not Apple needs to leak little parts to let the people know that there will be a new iPhone in the fall. All these conspiracy theories do not make any sense at all.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago

Amazing we haven't seen any leaks of it yet! They must already have manufactured a million of these.


We've had pictures of employees wearing them. We've had pictures of celebrities wearing them. Tim Cook has showed off his at multiple events. There's tons of ads showing it without anyone wearing it.

The only thing we haven't seen is a blurry picture of a partly assembled one. I imagine the reason we haven't is because we have plenty of pictures of fully assembled ones.

We'll start seeing pictures of it in various states of disassembly as soon as iFixIt has their hands on one, I imagine.
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