Apple Watch in store

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by TS19, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. TS19 macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    Hi guys and girls,

    I plan to go to my local Apple store on Saturday to see the Apple Watch. I don't actually plan on getting one (well, not the first gen) but I know that they will do walk-in appointments.

    The thing is I don't really intend on actually having an appointment (but I definitely want to see one), so I'm wondering if anyone knows if there will be normal Apple Watches on display that someone can use, like the iPads, iPhones etc.

    I know they have the new table to display all the models, but I'm not sure whether you will actually be able to use those models. If you can't, then surely the only way to use an Apple Watch (before release date) will be to have a try-on appointment- pre-booked or otherwise.

  2. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    From what I've read appointment is required to guarantee a feel. An employee must assist. No security cabled units like the iPhone.
  3. Totalkharnage macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2010
    Halifax UK
    Yes you can play with a watch using the display in the picture but to try one on, you'll need a reservation which you can try to get one on the day or book one online from the 10th.

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  4. TS19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    1. Thanks :)

    2. Where did you get that picture from?

    3. Is that a guess render, have 9to5Mac got some info or is it not even a render but an image from Apple?

    4. Do you know if that will be available from April 10th, or only from April 24th?
  5. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    I believe they are images from Apple Retail training materials.
  6. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    no. You wanna touch it? make an appointment.
  7. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    The only way to actually handle it and try it out would be to make a reservation online. I very much doubt due to security issues you will be able to handle it by walking up to one like you can with other devices.
  8. Uccle macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    I think Apple might initially have a bit of a PR snafu with this. I was surprised when speaking to a bunch of more, ahem, mature women (not techies) that three of them said they were absolutely going to get an Apple watch. They knew exactly why they wanted one and were really excited.

    But they wanted to wait and try them on first to see which one they wanted. One said "yea, they arrive in the stores on Friday and I want to try it in then". I replied that she'd better get online early to snag a reservation (this being Palo Alto). They all stared at me blankly. No one knew you couldn't just walk in and try one on. All they had heard was "April 10". I'm not even sure they believed me:(
  9. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Of course they didn't believe you. And when they show up at the store without a reservation and can't try one on, they will claim they never heard that even though you told them. Selective listening.
  10. TS19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    You can walk in and try one on :confused:
  11. Andy0568 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
    Per 9to5mac, though, the try-on models are in demo mode only. I don't think there are any floor models you can actually play around with
  12. Uccle macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    Well, it is my understanding that you can certainly walk in and look at the apple watches. If they aren't too busy they may be able to take you straight away to try the watch on or you may be placed on a "walk in" wait list. But to be 100% sure of being able to walk in and try on an Apple watch you'll need to make a reservation (at least for the time being).
  13. TS19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    Do you think they will have floor models when it is officially released on April 24th?

    If they will only have demo models before then, I might not bother.
  14. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    if there are walk in apt available.
  15. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    THIS is the stand I'm going to buy for my watch!
  16. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    GRIN. Cool idea.

    Except, it's not a stand. The demo watch is embedded in the case, and apparently connected internally to the iPad mini via the Watch debug port.

    Apparently as you choose different demo actions on the Watch, the iPad reflects those choices by displaying implementation details and marketing hype.
  17. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Apple Watch training materials for retail employees.

  18. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Interesting that all the charging happens on this demo unit. I wonder how that works. Where did they hide the cables?
  19. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    The bands are probably made to look like the real bands, but really are fake bands that have wires inside them which travel behind the case to charge.
  20. nwlondonlad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    UK London
    Has anyone heard any info or leaked stuff about what time on the 10th April the try on reservations go live from?

    So lets say the Apple reservations site goes live at 08:01am (UK preorder time) would you be able to book a try on appointment for 09:30am for the same day?

    I'm gonna pre order first but still want to try them on and decide if to cancel the order
  21. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Agreed. There should be an opportunity of at least two weeks, ideally three, before even Pre-orders, for people to get in and get to try them on. If they could have extended the lead time even more then even appointments might not be necessary for the try-ons. I'm probably about the same age as the "mature" women you mention and yeah, I know unless it's for something very high end, women I know are not accustomed to being turned away and told to go make an appointment just to try on an item. And if they do have to make an appointment they're not going to like being limited to seeing just two or three choices and then shown the online ordering system or the door. It's not like anyone I know would get snippy, but it would sour the introduction for them.
  22. Uccle macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    Agreed. I'd sour pretty quickly if I arrived all excited only to be told "we can take you next week." I hope things aren't that crazy or that, at least, the retail folk are going to be very, very understanding and helpful. :rolleyes:
  23. TS19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    I've looked at some pictures/videos and it seems like you can play with one without an appointment, but obviously you can't try it on. It looks like it's half-demo, half-interactive as it guides you through apps but you can still perform some actions.

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