European stores: coming "early" 2015

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by AlexESP, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. AlexESP macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2014
    Many of us thought that the approximate date Apple gave about the Apple Watch would be for US, because its site at Apple page said "Coming Early 2015" instead of "Available in 2015", as in the European ones. However, I've just looked again and now it shows "Early" in the UK, French, German, Spanish and Italian stores, while in Latin America and New Zealand it hasn't changed.
  2. telefono macrumors 6502


    Dec 17, 2007
    On the Australian page it says"Available in 2015" so, that tells me I could have it on my wrist 1st Jan 2015 or potentially could be end December 2015. I prefer to see "Early 2015"

    I honestly can't wait to get this thing............
  3. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    This is jolly good news. As you've pointed out, Apple has clearly updated certain sites from saying, 'Available 2015' to 'Available Early 2015'. This therefore means that us in the UK should get our hands in Apple Watch in around Q1 - Early Q2 2015, which is very exciting news. I think this change bodes a number of things though.

    1. Apple may now feel they are ahead with production yield rates for the Apple Watch. There was some suggestion as to whether the Watch had a decent yield rate, this could have led to Apple suggesting it would just be released 'sometime in 2015' in the rest of the world.

    2. Apple could be planning to release the Apple Watch in the US even earlier than people imagine. Usually when a new generation of Apple product is released, it hits the US first, the usually the UK, Australia ect.. around a month later. Therefore, if Apple is planning to meet the early 2015 timeframe for Apple Watch in the UK, it could mean they are planning to release Apple Watch in the USA by the end of February at the latest. However, it could just be the case that Apple will do a single rollout for these markets for the Watch. Something to think about though!
  4. MrLoL macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  5. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Let's be honest.

    A few weeks before Valentines day would be an ideal time to launch.

    What better gift to buy your loved one....

    You miss that launch date, then before you know where you are people are thinking of money for Summer Holidays
  6. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    Not sure what Apple product/service I'd like to see in Europe first - apple watch, apple pay or iTunes radio. All 3 would be nice.
  7. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    we already know that will be available since February
  8. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
  9. Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Seriously, this is so true.
    If it launches before Valentines day, I will be getting two as soon as possible.

    If it launches after, I will be getting at least one, eventually.
  10. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    Yes, this would be great and I hope that Apple Watch launches by Valentine's Day. However, I don't think it will. For two reasons.

    1. Apple's VP of Retail said launch in the Spring, which more indicates March.

    2. It's been rumoured to go into mass production in Janurary. I don't think this would leave long enough for production to have enough units to sell at launch.
  11. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I guess it all comes down to how many they can make, and how many they think they can sell.

    As always a tricky balance, for the Watch more than anything else, as it's rare to see so many people, even here saying they are going to wait and see.

    Apple want to sell out.

    That's a fact.

    The very very last thing Apple would wish is for the media to write articles about how the Apple watches are just sitting on the shelves unsold.

    It's far far better to be sold out, and people placing orders, trying to find them for sale.

    You just don't want to be in too short supply, just enough, which is tricky to get right, esp with this new product.
  12. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    "Early 2015" is very vague and so is the price tag "Starting at $350" i'm in the UK and i will be buying the :apple: Watch, but because it's a new product category for Apple, there are a few questions that need to be answered, for example the price of each Apple Watch, how expensive is this likely to go? also when buying the :apple: Watch will we need to go into the Apple store to try on the different straps, or will they all be one side fits all?
    For example if i was to buy the steel version, would i also be able to use the sports band on it for exercising but later in the day change it to the steel link bracelet or leather strap when at a party or university.

    I really hope Apple release the Watch sooner rather than later i really want one :D
  13. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    I'm also in the UK and, although this is unlikely to happen, wouldn't it be great if say, a week before the launch, you could go into the store and try on different watch straps, see the different designs and see which size watch you want. This would be perfect for a watch product. However, I think this is unlikely. It's more likely that we'll just have a one size fits all strap.

    My understanding is that you can easily swap out any Watch or Sport band if you have an Apple Watch (steel). So yes, you'd be able to use the sport band whilst at the gym, then a leather one or other nice band at university.
  14. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    That's a good idea, being able to see in person would help with making a decision. At the moment I'm thinking the steel version with a midnight blue leather strap, a sport strap and a steel link bracelet. Of course it's going to depend on how much Apple with charge for the straps individually. It would be nice to have a collection of different ones tho.
  15. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    Yes, it would be great but I honestly don't think it's going to happen, it's not Apple's style. However, saying that, a fashion product isn't really Apple's style, and they've created one. So you never know.

    I love the look of the leather strap, I want the Classic buckle in midnight blue. It's looks like it's only avaliable in black for the steel version, but also in midnight blue for the Edition.
  16. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    That is true, I think Apple will make the straps one size fits all which isn't a bad thing really.

    Yea I love the look of the midnight blue strap looks like it would go well with the steel version tho. Knowing Apple tho they will make them very expensive! I'm hoping the Apple Watch steel edition doesn't cost more than £1000
  17. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    I'll pay no where near £1000 for a steel one, it's essencially the same product so I'll pay no more than £500, otherwise, I'll simply get a sport. It's a first gen product, which means I'll probably be replacing it in two years time.
  18. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    It's going to be interesting to see how Apple works out the pricing, if the sport starts at $349 it could go like the iPhone and iPad and be $100 more for the steel, now that I wouldn't mind paying, especially be user it would work out to around £400 - £450 which I don't have a problem paying. I altho I have read a rumor that the gold Watch Edition will cost upwards of around $5,000 which seems very expensive and the main reason why I wouldn't consider it.
  19. iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2014
    Unfortunately for Canada its still 'Available in 2015'. I was so hoping for it to be released by February! This sucks

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    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015

    Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Apparently Apple has reverted it's European site changes and they all now say available in 2015 not coming early 2015.
  21. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I would imagine Apple would want to get millions of these devices made and ready, but. And it's a very important BUT.

    When they do the actual release, only release them from manufactured storage at a rate which just does not quite match up with demand.

    So, to all of us, and the Media, it looks as if they are struggling to make them as fast as people want them.

    Think about it.

    1: Apple has the money to do this, they can burn cash to build up stock in store without any problem.

    2: They of course don't wish to really be in a position where they have underestimated demand and they fail to keep up, or hit a glitch and it all falls to pieces.

    3: Most important, they really REALLY want this to be a very successful launch of a brand new type of product, and it needs to be seen that way in the media and people's minds.

    If you make plenty and flood the stores, then, as consumers we may think, yay that's great, I can go into any store and select any model as there are loads in stock.
    However media wise, this would very quickly turn into a negative.

    Apple has made too many
    They are sitting on the shelves unsold
    Don't rush to queue, very few are interested, they are not selling well, shops are full of them.

    Whilst as I say this is good for the consumer, no queue and get exactly the model you want. It will be seen bad.

    What you ideally want, is, as I say to. YES do have them already made, but let them out gradually, at only just the speed to keep them looking like they are only just managing to keep up with supply. Perhaps you have to wait a week or two online to get one as they are selling out so fast as soon as they come in.

    That would be a great balancing act, and look great for the product.
  22. saschke macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2008
    Noooooooooo :( :apple: is doomed!! ;)
  23. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    They have been doomed since Steve Jobs death to hear some people talk. I actually think under Tim Cook Apple is giving us consumers more choice.
  24. g-7 macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2006
    Oh stop whining. You should consider yourselves lucky.
    On the Polish Apple website there is nothing about the watch, no "early" or "late" 2015. Nothing.
    So, I guess I will have to rely on scalpers to buy it at all, at least in 2015.
  25. saschke macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2008

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