Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch 'Try-On' Appointments

The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated.

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Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most cosmetically versatile but carries a $200 premium over the aluminum Apple Watch Sport.

Apple, however, will not allow customers to try arbitrary mix and match options during their Apple Watch Try-On appointments, presumably in the interest of time and simplicity. According to retail training materials MacRumors received, Apple specifically states that they "will not size links or swap bands" at the Try-on table or Try-on cases. Try-on appointments for non-Edition Apple Watches are meant to last only 5-15 minutes. Apple will have 18 specific Apple Watch combinations on display at their Try-On tables and 10 specific combinations at their Try-On cases.

Apple Watch pre-sales and try-on appointments start on April 10th, and the official launch of the Apple Watch is April 24th.

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Top Rated Comments

Velin Avatar
120 months ago
Just cancel this stupid product. Divert the future billions you will waste to improving OSX, Macs, and iPhone.
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JFazYankees Avatar
120 months ago
This might make sense time-wise, but it's huge step in the wrong direction in terms of customer experience.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
levitynyc Avatar
120 months ago
This seems like a royal cluster**** waiting to happen.

Oh well. People will still buy them anyway.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HenryDJP Avatar
120 months ago
Apple never marketed anything such as this gadget. So much buzz about this watch, they are afraid it won't sell well - that's why.

Or maybe the Anti-Apple crowd is afraid it WILL sell. ;)
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lewisd25 Avatar
120 months ago
The more I hear, the more worried I am about this launch.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HenryDJP Avatar
120 months ago
It is a big deal when Apple has continuously emphasized the ease of swapping bands.

You're missing the point. Apple set these appointments up simply as a courtesy because they know it will be a big crowd of customers swarming the stores to buy one. They appointments are only 15 minutes. Have you ever worked in retail? Customers take much longer than necessary. Allowing them to switch bands will slow everything down and other customers will get pissed. Some control has to take place.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)