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UPS Tracking Numbers Start Trickling Out to Apple Watch Customers

As of yesterday afternoon, credit and debit cards have been charged and many Apple Watch pre-orders have begun shifting from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple prepares to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered on Friday, April 10.

Shipment emails have yet to go out from Apple, but a few lucky customers have gotten a heads up on their orders through UPS' "My Choice" opt-in emails, which lets people sign up to get notifications whenever a package is sent to their address. These emails suggest the first Apple Watch orders will indeed be arriving on Friday, April 24.

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On reddit, one Apple Watch buyer got what appears to be an accidental UPS notice about a package being unable to be delivered, letting him know his Apple Watch is on its way from Rialto, CA. We've also heard from a MacRumors reader who got a similar notice, with an alert about an upcoming Apple Watch package from Apple set to be delivered on Tuesday, April 21.

When checking that tracking number, it states that a UPS shipping label has been created and that the order has been processed and is ready for UPS. Both customers confirm they have no other orders such as accessories currently pending with Apple.

These alerts appear to have been delivered prematurely, as we've seen only these two reports of such notices, and it's unlikely the readers who have a delivery alerts will receive their package before Friday, but they do give us our first hints that tracking numbers are starting to go out and may be showing up in shipment emails in the near future.

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While many people who pre-ordered early have had their credit or debit cards charged and have seen their order statuses change, there are some early pre-orderers who still have not had their orders shift to "Preparing for Shipment" as seen in this Google document. Space Gray Sport watches, Space Black stainless steel watches, and stainless steel watches with Milanese Loop, Classic Buckle, and Black Sport Band seem to make up the majority of those that have not yet seen a status change.

Apple Watch orders that have not yet changed should not cause alarm, as based on the early tracking info received, Apple is using Next Day Air shipments.

Customers who do have a "Preparing for Shipment" notification may be able to get an early look at where their watches are located by using UPS and FedEx's "Track By Reference" tools, using a phone number to locate an order.

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59 months ago
42mm stainless with black sports band still processing :( ordered at 3:03 am April 10th, April 24-May 8 shipping time
Rating: 20 Votes
59 months ago
Rating: 14 Votes
59 months ago
My status hasn't even changed, yet others are already getting tracking numbers? Wonderful... And I preordered at 12:02. 38mm Space Gray.
Rating: 13 Votes
59 months ago
UPS Tracking Numbers Start Trickling Out to Apple Watch Customers

And so it begins!



I beg of you.... Please please please give me my tracking number!!!!



Rating: 13 Votes
59 months ago
It's a shipstorm
Rating: 9 Votes
59 months ago

Bought my wife a beautiful Swatch today: stainless steel link bracelet, extremely thin, elegant, waterproof, 600 days battery; for less than a plastic Apple band.


You're on the wrong site, you need www.SwatchRumors.com

No worries!
Rating: 6 Votes
59 months ago
Thanks Apple/UPS. Just pour some more salt on my wounds. 4/24-5/8 delivery window with no charge or status update.
Rating: 6 Votes
59 months ago

Slow news day, eh MacRumors? This is, what, the third article you've written about Apple Watches starting to ship out to customers?


As someone hoping to get mine on Friday, every piece of information is exciting.
Rating: 5 Votes
59 months ago

Bought my wife a beautiful Swatch today: stainless steel link bracelet, extremely thin, elegant, waterproof, 600 days battery; for less than a plastic Apple band.


Is that all she is worth to you. I see divorce in your future
Rating: 4 Votes
59 months ago

If you don't have tracking information by Thursday evening, then you won't get your Apple Watch on Friday. That is all.


That isn't true at all. I've ordered every iPhone on day 1. A couple of years ago I got a notice that it was shipped and received the delivery from UPS about 2 hours later.

Another time I actually had the phone in my hand when I got an email telling me it had shipped.

I don't worry about it anymore. It only takes 12 hours to go from anywhere in the US to your local truck that will make the delivery.
Rating: 4 Votes

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