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Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10. Apple Watch orders that have changed to "Preparing for Shipment" are still listing prospective delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday April 24, the official launch date of the Apple Watch. Now that order statuses have shifted, customers should begin receiving shipment emails in the near future.

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The change to customer order statuses comes just minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch purchases. As we have previously mentioned, bulk shipments of the Apple Watch have already been arriving at central distribution centers across the United States from China, where the Apple Watch was manufactured. Apple Watch orders will ship out from these central distribution centers via Fedex and UPS, so despite the late shipping date, many devices will arrive on Friday.

With the iPhone 6, Apple also shipped hundreds of thousands of devices to central distribution centers before updating customers on the status of their orders. iPhones began shipping out on Monday and Tuesday for a Friday delivery, and it's likely Apple Watch orders will follow the same general timeline.

Deliveries could come from any of the major shipping hubs in the United States, which include Memphis, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky (UPS' WorldPort location); Indianapolis, Indiana; Newark, New Jersey; and Oakland, California. Many orders are likely to pass first through Anchorage, Alaska, where both UPS and FedEx have logistics centers, before heading out to other distribution sites.

The earliest Apple Watch pre-orders listed ambiguous delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but Apple's head of retail Angela Ahrendts stated in a memo to employees last week that "customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned," so customers who managed to pre-order in the minutes before shipping dates started slipping will see deliveries this week.

Once an order changes to Preparing for Shipment, customers may be able to track by reference number using a phone number on the UPS and FedEx websites to get tracking information before a shipping email even goes out.

Article Link: Apple Watch Order Statuses Shifting to 'Preparing for Shipment'
 

DavidTheExpert

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Apr 20, 2012
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I placed my order at 3:04 AM EST... just seconds after it slipped to the May 13-27 delivery window. I'm really really hoping that I can still get in on this first wave!
 

sampaul

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Aug 22, 2012
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Philadelphia
Oh my gawddddd!
 

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KamiQuazi

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Jul 27, 2011
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Both orders: White 38mm Sport have been moved to preparing for shipment as well as been payments made
 

shahin90

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Oct 23, 2012
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My SS Milanese is now preparing for shipment to Canada.

The surprise is this tho:
Spacegrey sports model that was due in 4-6 weeks is also preparing for shipment:D:D:D
 

mikemch16

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Apr 12, 2013
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My wife's 38mm sport is preparing for shipment and my 42mm space gray sport is still processing. They were both on the same order and they both were given the initial 4-24 to 5-8 delivery date. I'm thinking hers might come before mine.
 

mattaaron1

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Jan 28, 2015
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Man I'm so excited... this is like when your waiting for a really good movie or TV show to come out, and your like "please dont die yet please dont die yet"
 

NavySEAL6

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Dec 13, 2006
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Ordered in the U.S. 42 SG at 3:03 est

Nothing yet, anyone with a similar order get a charge?
 

toysoldierkid

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Feb 16, 2012
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My SS Milanese is now preparing for shipment to Canada.

The surprise is this tho:
Spacegrey sports model that was due in 4-6 weeks is also preparing for shipment:D:D:D

Really? Your sports model is coming early?
There's me hoping that something will happen tomorrow for me as I'm in Europe and it's in the middle of the night..
 

nathanalf

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Mar 13, 2014
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My order hasn't updated yet (42mm Space Grey Sport, 2:04 confirmation email).

Eek
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Edit: debit card still not charged either
 
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bombrider

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Jan 3, 2011
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I have an order confirmation for 5:03pm (3 mins after launch of pre-orders) yet mine won't arrive until mid-May because apparently leather straps are too difficult for Apple to have ready in time for their first major product launch.

I'd actually feel more positive about the whole situation if Apple just fessed up and, in a press release, explained why some models weren't ready for launch.
 

cmChimera

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Feb 12, 2010
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My SS Milanese is now preparing for shipment to Canada.

The surprise is this tho:
Spacegrey sports model that was due in 4-6 weeks is also preparing for shipment:D:D:D

Could you post a pic of the space grey order status? My sister and my girlfriend both ordered the same thing, and had the same time frame.
 

mattyc64

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Apr 20, 2015
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Uk?

Does anyone have any news about UK shipments?

I ordered mine at 8:02am and have been told nothing apart from delivery by 24/4-8/5
 
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