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Apr 12, 2001

We reported this morning that Apple Watch shipments had begun arriving at Apple Stores in the United States ahead of the imminent launch of in-store availability, and it now appears that in-stores sales of the Apple Watch will indeed begin tomorrow, on June 17.

It's now after 10:00 a.m. on June 17 in some parts of Australia, and Apple Stores in the country are now offering the Apple Watch in-store after a reservation is made for an in-store pick-up online. In the Australian online Apple Store, when selecting a watch, there's now an option that says "Interested in buying in-store?" with a link that allows buyers to check reservation availability.


After choosing to select a reservation, there's a drop down menu that shows nearby Apple Stores, letting users see whether a particular Apple Watch is in stock. If a watch is in stock, the site displays a green checkmark and the next available reservation time. Making a reservation requires a phone number to be entered, allowing Apple to text a unique registration code that gives buyers 30 minutes to complete a reservation and schedule an in-store pick-up time.


Apple Watches that are not in stock are listed as unavailable for in-store pick-up, with Apple providing instructions to check stock levels again at 8:00 a.m. each morning, when inventory for the day is updated.


With the Apple Watch now available in-store in Australia, it's likely that all first wave launch countries will be seeing in-store sales starting as June 17 rolls around in each location. The reservation process will be the same as the process that's currently available in Australia, so potential Apple Watch buyers in the United States should check stock levels right at 6:00 a.m. local time. It's 1 a.m. in the U.K. and the online U.K. reservation page is live, suggesting we'll see the U.S. site up and running at around midnight on June 17. The U.K. site says that the first reservations will be available beginning at 6:00 in the morning.

Stock levels of each watch remain unclear, but in Australia many stores appear to have a mix of Sport and Stainless Steel Apple Watches available. Many of the more limited Apple Watches, including those in Space Gray and Space Black, are not currently available, nor are those with limited bands like the Modern Buckle and the Link Bracelet. It's likely that available stock in the United States will be similar.

(Thanks, Ian!)

Article Link: Apple Watch Now Available for Purchase in Apple Retail Stores
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macrumors 65816
Aug 16, 2007
Central FL Area
This will be so sweet if I can do an in-store pick up in the next day or so.

*crosses fingers*


I went to the AU Apple site and I looked for a 42mm SG watch and of course it's not available for in-store pick up. no surprise there....

I'm thinking the same is going to be true in lots of Apple stores in the US. (hopefully I'm wrong) So i'm wondering if the 8:00am thing is Apple time in CA?
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 6, 2014
This will be so sweet if I can do an in-store pick up in the next day or so.

*crosses fingers*
I found the way to get a reserved iPhone 6,was to to check store availability at midnight when the stores restock. it took me three nights but I was able to get a 6 within 3 days, you might be able to do similar with the Watch.


macrumors member
Jun 16, 2015
Hong Kong stores reservation also went live at 8am local time.
All models of the Sport and Watch were in stock.....including the Black Link Bracelet model....i didn't check editions.
Have a SS BSB reserved for pickup at lunch today.

doug in albq

Oct 12, 2007
Will the Apple watch be placed where, ironically, the iPods used to be?

Edit: /sarcasm {sort of}.

Tom G.

macrumors 68020
Jun 16, 2009
Champaign/Urbana Illinois
I believe you will find that it is for certain models of watches with certain. You may want to call ahead of time to see if they have what you want. Especially if you have a long drive to the store.


macrumors regular
Nov 26, 2011
Winchester, KY
Hope for the best tomorrow then. If not, no big deal to wait a little until they get them in. Would be a nice father's day gift for myself!


macrumors 6502a
Mar 23, 2004
I'm on Day 15, and I look forward to putting it on in the mornings, so I don't miss things.
Got mine about three weeks ago and I feel the same way. I feel sad if, for whatever reason, I have to take it off and leave it behind, and I look forward to putting it on every morning. Odd, I'm sure, as I imagine people seeing me through the day would think I hardly use the watch at all. But that's the thing about the watch. You use it differently than a phone or iPad, mainly because you can't lift your arm and stare at it for long stretches of time. It's for glances, not staring. You get a tap, see a message, maybe send a quick response...then go back to whatever you were doing. Ditto with most everything else. Check the time (glance), note reminders when they pop up (glance), incoming phone calls, etc.

I use to miss texts and calls a lot because my phone was in my bag and I didn't hear it, or I did and thought it was someone else's phone. The taps on the wrist make sure I don't miss texts or calls nearly so much. And I'm finding that most of the things I used to do on the phone, I now do on the watch, like check my shopping list, do quick calculations, pay for groceries/coffee; I like that it don't have to juggle it hand to hand as I often did the phone in a lot of those situations (and I'm not going to drop it like I sometimes dropped the phone).

As for phone calls...I think we've found the weakness in Dick Tracy. It's tiring lifting your arm for a long conversation :D But I did impress my father by showing off the watch's phone-call-making abilities to him. And it's certainly useful as it not only lets you know if you want to answer that call, but if you do, it keeps you from missing it. I sometimes missed calls as I tried to find my phone before it stopped ringing. And, no, it was never a tragedy when that happened...but it's nice to have it happen less.


macrumors regular
Oct 12, 2014
It's getting very difficult to not drop in on a store and pick one up. I told myself I was going to wait, but I'm so impulsive.
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