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First Wave of Apple Watches Begin Shipping Ahead of Friday's Launch

Apple Watch pre-orders are being sent to centralized distribution points across the United States as couriers prepare the shipments to be delivered ahead of the wrist-worn device's launch on April 24, according to a source for MacRumors that has provided accurate information in the past.

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts confirmed earlier this month that Apple Watch pre-order deliveries will begin on April 24 as scheduled, although many customers have received shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later and it remains unknown how many Apple Watch pre-orders will be delivered on day one.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders began switching from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on the Apple Online Store for several customers on the Monday prior to Friday delivery, so customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch early should see their order status change soon. Due to limited stock and the wide 4/24—5/8 delivery estimate for launch day pre-orders, however, there is a possibility that pre-order statuses may take longer to change.

To date, we've not seen any reports of pre-orders changing or credit cards being charged, but our source assures us bulk shipments have begun, so we should see movement on individual order statuses very soon. In the meantime, Apple has begun charging credit cards and preparing to ship Apple Watch accessories such as the charging cable and AppleCare+ Protection Plans.

Apple Watch pre-orders were available on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific through the Apple Online Store in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom, and sold out completely in less than six hours. The company also began taking Apple Watch try-on appointments the same day at Apple retail stores and select fashion boutiques such as Selfridges in London, Isetan in Tokyo and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Update: In line with this report, Apple is beginning to charge credit cards and Apple Watch pre-order statuses are changing to "Prepare for Shipment."



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21 months ago
Is it just me?

or is there nothing at all to this story? Clickbait deluxe!

Title says shipping but article says no reports! Come on at least have some substance to the article please.
Rating: 38 Votes
21 months ago
#
Rating: 25 Votes
21 months ago
Bleh. Saw the headline and immediately went to check my order. Disappointment followed.

This has been a LONG 2 weeks #...
Rating: 20 Votes
21 months ago
This is a pretty misleading headline
Rating: 19 Votes
21 months ago
So you claim that Apple Watches have started shipping, but you have not received any reports that they have? How is this news?
Rating: 17 Votes
21 months ago

good luck beta testers


see you at version 2 with better battery and a faster GPU/CPU


you're so cool and edgy
Rating: 16 Votes
21 months ago
What the heck is this?

This story is 100% click bait. There is nothing of substance and there is no new information in this story.

Bad job MR.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 months ago
The title of the article seems misleading.... They state that the orders have started shipping, but mention they haven't had any reports of statuses changing and are instead using the iPhone 6 launch as the only proof the watches started shipping today...
Rating: 12 Votes
21 months ago

The title of the article seems misleading.... They state that the orders have started shipping, but mention they haven't had any reports of statuses changing and are instead using the iPhone 6 launch as the only proof the watches started shipping today...


The "proof" is a reliable source who tells us bulk shipments into the U.S. have begun. Still in the staging process, but we should see movement on order statuses and credit card charges very soon.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago

I can afford a $5,000 U-Boat, with a lifelong battery, and won't interrupt me every 5 seconds with useless spam from twitter, my 7 email accounts or other notifications.

If I interview you for a job and your watch is beeping with notifications, it's over.

Enjoy being ridiculed by your non-nerdy and more fashionable friends, no one cares you can run a marathon, joggers and cross fitters die everyday, monitoring your health on your watch doesn't stop the truck driver whose eaten pork ribs his entire life from having an heart attack on the highway and crushing your stupid Prius into tiny bits.

You're not better than anyone else because you can afford Fad tech


You seem very jealous or angry. I can't put my finger on it but, ultimately, I'm wondering why you stopped by here and took the time to post this message. You obviously feel very strongly about your feelings.
Rating: 9 Votes

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