Apple Stores to Offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops Beginning April 24

Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering "Apple Watch Basics" workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them.

The classes are listed as an available option on April 24 on individual retail store websites and in the "Stores" section of the Apple Store app. Not all retail locations are displaying Apple Watch workshop availability at this time, but select stores both in the United States and in other countries are offering workshops as of today. Workshops take place at 1.5 hour intervals all day long in most locations and are also available on Saturday and Sunday. It appears that some locations may also be offering extended hours to allow more time for hosting workshops.

applewatchbasicsworkshop
Customers who are interested in attending one of these workshops to learn more about the Apple Watch can schedule an appointment beginning today in a store where the appointments are listed. Not all stores are showing the workshops that will be available on April 24, however.

Some stores are showing additional Apple Watch classes beyond the introductory basics class, with a "Stay in Touch with Apple Watch" class also available in select locations.

applewatchbasicsappointment
Due to constrained supplies, there will be a limited number of customers who will be receiving their Apple Watches on April 24, but users who have pre-ordered and do not yet have their devices can also attend to learn more about the device. Given the few customers who will have watches in-hand on April 24, Apple recently ceased emphasizing the date on its website, replacing all "available 4.24.15" launch wording with "the Watch is coming."

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch began on April 10 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and began selling out within mere minutes. Within six hours, all Apple Watches were sold out and no models offered the initial 4/24 to 5/8 shipping estimate. Apple Watch orders placed today will not ship until June and beyond.

(Thanks, Caleb!)

Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 9
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

Top Rated Comments

christarp Avatar
116 months ago
so you're saying the apple watch UI is so confusing they have to run clinics to teach people how to use it?

how much time went into this thing?

shouldn't it be intuitive so anyone can pick it up and use?

or am I just reading this wrong?
Have you ever been to an apple store? They often have group training on ipads, macbooks, iphones, etc.

Great customer support and in person training isn't something that should be criticized. Not all customers understand what "bluetooth pairing" even is. I've yet to see another company step up to the plate like apple has by offering these group training sessions.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DynaFXD Avatar
116 months ago

shouldn't it be intuitive so anyone can pick it up and use?
Besides the nipple, name one other user interface that is so intuitive that _everybody_ can use it? Ever stop to think that there are those out there that do not read every last scrap or information on a device and may enjoy some initial hand holding? This maybe a practice session to hone the approach that will be used on the more casual customers that are coming in the future too. Seriously, Apple is offering a free session to learn to use use your device to its full potential and you paint this as a _bad_ thing? Reeeeaaallly?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kybldmstr Avatar
116 months ago
so you're saying the apple watch UI is so confusing they have to run clinics to teach people how to use it?

how much time went into this thing?

shouldn't it be intuitive so anyone can pick it up and use?

or am I just reading this wrong?

They offer iPhone basics too. Of course they would offer simple basic courses on the watch as well
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RDeckard Avatar
116 months ago
Is it just me or does it seem Apple are trying to hard with this whole Apple Watch thing? Rather than allowing customers find the void it fills they're ramming it down our throats. Either way it won't guarantee them a successful product.
It's probably just you.

"Trying (too) hard..."???

It's called a product launch. Marketing. Sales. Education. Support. Etc. (This is the "education" part).

"Ramming it down our throats?"

In this case, I'm guessing YOU took the initiative to read about this and YOU took the initiative to comment on it.

Quick question: How difficult is it to just *move along* if something doesn't suit you?

Quick answer: Not very. Try it sometime!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zxxv Avatar
116 months ago
so you're saying the apple watch UI is so confusing they have to run clinics to teach people how to use it?

how much time went into this thing?

shouldn't it be intuitive so anyone can pick it up and use?

or am I just reading this wrong?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kenneywj Avatar
116 months ago
Classes are available 4/24 - 5/8
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple car wheel icon feature yellow

Apple Cancels Electric Car Project

Tuesday February 27, 2024 11:05 am PST by
Apple has canceled all plans to release an autonomous, electric vehicle, reports Bloomberg. Apple has been working on an Apple Car for more than a decade and invested millions of dollars into development before deciding it was not a viable project. Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams today told approximately 2,000 employees working on the Apple Car that the project was canceled,...
iOS 18 Mock iPhone 16 Feature Gray

iOS 18 Rumored to Be Compatible With These iPhone Models

Tuesday February 27, 2024 6:31 am PST by
iOS 18 will be compatible with the iPhone XR, and thereby also the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models with the same A12 Bionic chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS updates. The post was spotted by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris, and it has since been deleted. However, this was likely because the...
iOS 17

iOS 17.4 Coming Soon With These New Features for Your iPhone

Monday February 26, 2024 6:08 am PST by
In a press release last month, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released in March, and the update includes several new features and changes for the iPhone. Key new features in iOS 17.4 include major App Store changes in the EU, Apple Podcasts transcripts, and an iMessage security upgrade. The update also adds new emoji and includes preparations for the launch of next-generation CarPlay...
applearcade

Game Developers Describe 'Smell of Death' Around Apple Arcade

Monday February 26, 2024 7:24 am PST by
Some game developers are dissatisfied with Apple Arcade amid concerns about the subscription service's future, a new report claims. Sources speaking to mobilegamer.biz described a "smell of death" around Apple's games subscription service and noted the difference between the company's investment in TV and music, and its interest in games. "At the very top of the company there needs to be a ...
iPad Air 5

iPadOS 18 Rumored to Drop Support for These iPad Models

Tuesday February 27, 2024 6:55 am PST by
iPadOS 18 will drop support for iPad models equipped with the A10X Fusion chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS and iPadOS updates. This means that iPadOS 18 would not be compatible with the first-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro or the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro models released in 2017. It...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

Six Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Thursday February 22, 2024 4:20 am PST by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models concurrently, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different, and already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...