Retail training info leaked and straps will be sold

Julien

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9to5Mac got ahold of the retail :apple:Watch training material. In it one of the bullet points is to ask "Would you like additional bands to suit different occasions" So proof that no only will straps/bands be sold individually but that Apple will also offer/up sell them.

The article can be found here.

http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/03/apple-watchs-retail-sales-pitch-revealed-3-key-features-switch-to-iphone-focus-on-bands/
and no question is asked about storage, so all the watches should have the same storage.
 

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I'm just waiting for the launch day proceedure documents to get leaked now. I want to see how the lines will work on launch day, and if we will have to reserve a model while in line before we get to play with the watches.
 

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Right, so if a customer answers yes to "Would you like additional bands to suit different occasions?" they'll pitch the stainless steel model as it's the only one that is aesthetically compatible with the various diferent bands.
 

Julien

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Right, so if a customer answers yes to "Would you like additional bands to suit different occasions?" they'll pitch the stainless steel model as it's the only one that is aesthetically compatible with the various diferent bands.
Probably, though there is nothing shown in the training material to indicate this. Still they should point out a mismatch before selling a SS bracelet and a Sport :apple:Watch. However it is nice to know Apple will be selling the Straps/Bracelets individually (although I never doubted it) in addition to what comes on the :apple:Watch you buy.
 

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Right, so if a customer answers yes to "Would you like additional bands to suit different occasions?" they'll pitch the stainless steel model as it's the only one that is aesthetically compatible with the various diferent bands.
Yes, and therefore that's why I think the SS model won't be much more expensive.
 

TheDeviceUser

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I see nothing in JayLenochiniMac post to suggest pricing direction, one way or the other.
No, but if Apple prices the SS high, people will purchase a sport, and probably no additional bands.

If Apple prices it fairly e.g 499, then they'll be able to upset on the bands and probably sell more watches and bands combined.
 

Dave245

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It's good to know that Apple will be selling the bands/straps individually, i just wonder how the experience is going to be? for example i already know that i will be wanting to purchase additional bands.

When i go to the Apple store and decide between the SS and the Sport version will i be able to try on the additional bands before buying them? i will want to get a sport band for the gym/exercising and a Stainless Steel Link Bracelet for everyday, but i might also want other bands such as the Brown Modern Buckle.
 

TheDeviceUser

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It's good to know that Apple will be selling the bands/straps individually, i just wonder how the experience is going to be? for example i already know that i will be wanting to purchase additional bands.

When i go to the Apple store and decide between the SS and the Sport version will i be able to try on the additional bands before buying them? i will want to get a sport band for the gym/exercising and a Stainless Steel Link Bracelet for everyday, but i might also want other bands such as the Brown Modern Buckle.
I suspect, like iPhone cases, they will have dummy models that you can use to try before you buy. You'll probably not be able to take them out of the packaging, but rather they'll give you one to try on either your watch, or if you've not yet bought one, on a watch.

However, remember, since all the straps are in collections. You'll probably be able to find each strap on a table and just pick it up and try it out.
 

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No, but if Apple prices the SS high, people will purchase a sport, and probably no additional bands.

If Apple prices it fairly e.g 499, then they'll be able to upset on the bands and probably sell more watches and bands combined.
Apple knows the market and will price accordingly. It is just as easy to debate the opposite. Price the SS too low will devalue it to a point that it will not meet the fashion expectations and suffer in sales.

If looking for inexpensive you buy the Sport and if looking for more fashion exclusivity you buy the SS.

If Apple was going to price the SS almost the same price as the Sport then why even bother to make both models?
 

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if looking for more fashion exclusivity you buy the SS.
Sorry to bring this down to hard reality with a crash, but if you are looking for "Exclusivity" you would not buy anything from Apple in the 1st place.

They must have around the highest quantity of mass produced items out there, the very opposite of exclusivity.
 

TheDeviceUser

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Sorry to bring this down to hard reality with a crash, but if you are looking for "Exclusivity" you would not buy anything from Apple in the 1st place.

They must have around the highest quantity of mass produced items out there, the very opposite of exclusivity.
Yes, exactly. The Edition is the exclusive. The Sport and SS are the 'bread and butter' that you'll find everywhere.
 

mattopotamus

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No, but if Apple prices the SS high, people will purchase a sport, and probably no additional bands.

If Apple prices it fairly e.g 499, then they'll be able to upset on the bands and probably sell more watches and bands combined.
agreed. If the SS is over $500 I will get the sport. I have a pebble now, so it cannot look any less sexy :)
 

TheDeviceUser

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agreed. If the SS is over $500 I will get the sport. I have a pebble now, so it cannot look any less sexy :)
Yes, and I think Apple will go with $499 for the SS with sport band.

That's the' standard model' it's the one seen on the Apple Watch icon. It's the one Tim Cook has. It's the one you see on much of the marketing material.
 

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Sorry to bring this down to hard reality with a crash, but if you are looking for "Exclusivity" you would not buy anything from Apple in the 1st place.

They must have around the highest quantity of mass produced items out there, the very opposite of exclusivity.
I agree completely. I don't get the "Apple is so exclusive" thing that some people talk about on forums. At least here in Canada and also in the US iPhones, MacBooks or iPads are so widespread that the last thing people would buy them for is to own some sort of "status symbol".
 

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Yes, and I think Apple will go with $499 for the SS with sport band.

That's the' standard model' it's the one seen on the Apple Watch icon. It's the one Tim Cook has. It's the one you see on much of the marketing material.
I hope so. This is where Apple could really screw themselves if they make the base SS watch too expensive. Price it right and upsell people on the nicer bands.
 

mattopotamus

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I agree completely. I don't get the "Apple is so exclusive" thing that some people talk about on forums. At least here in Canada and also in the US iPhones, MacBooks or iPads are so widespread that the last thing people would buy them for is to own some sort of "status symbol".
not the iphone, but I would personally consider the mac and more so the imac "exclusive" feeling products.

I do not know a lot of people with imac's in their home. This could be largely b.c they have macs, but to get an imac with a SSD is a pretty hefty price hike from the base air which comes packed with a SSD
 

TheDeviceUser

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I agree completely. I don't get the "Apple is so exclusive" thing that some people talk about on forums. At least here in Canada and also in the US iPhones, MacBooks or iPads are so widespread that the last thing people would buy them for is to own some sort of "status symbol".
I'd say they are a status symbol. But Maybe that's more in the UK.

At my university, Mac's, iPhones and iPad's are everywhere, and many have all three. But maybe that's the University I am at. I know someone at the local polytechnic, and he says they are far less common to see.

It's sad, but it's an middle vs working class thing. Many can't afford Mac's.
 

Menel

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If looking for inexpensive you buy the Sport and if looking for more fashion exclusivity you buy the SS.
If looking for light weight and more comfortable, buy the Sport.

If looking for fashion exclusivity, you stop looking at products from a company that mass produces things by the millions in overseas low cost factories.
 

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and no question is asked about storage, so all the watches should have the same storage.
This statement does not follow the rules of logic. I'm not saying I disagree but the lack of something does not make something true.

I don't think it makes sense to have separate capacities (see other thread for the plethora of reasons) and nothing is mentioned so this helps back up my claim that there will be no separate storage sizes.
 

Dave245

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I suspect, like iPhone cases, they will have dummy models that you can use to try before you buy. You'll probably not be able to take them out of the packaging, but rather they'll give you one to try on either your watch, or if you've not yet bought one, on a watch.

However, remember, since all the straps are in collections. You'll probably be able to find each strap on a table and just pick it up and try it out.
That would be good, at the moment I've not decided between the Sport and the SS, but i know for sure that i want more than one strap/band. I think Apple need to put a strict process in place for this because it could be chaos in store with everyone wanting to try on and then decide which Apple Watch they want and then there's accessories.
 

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No, but if Apple prices the SS high, people will purchase a sport, and probably no additional bands.
Lol, wut?
I think two things we can be CERTAIN of... the cheapest model will be the best selling. And, people will accessorize it.
Why would people NOT buy multiple color sport bands that will be undoubtedly cheaper than the others, after purchasing themselves the Sport?
Your logic kinda fizzled there...
 

Reason077

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I'd say they are a status symbol. But Maybe that's more in the UK.

I know someone at the local polytechnic, and he says they are far less common to see.
Apple's market share is broadly similar in the UK vs the US - 47% in the US for iPhones in December 2014, vs 42% in the UK. That isn't a big enough difference to make them a "status symbol" in the UK but not the US.

Apple have a fairly dominant (40% +) market share in North America, Australia, UK and Japan. But in other western countries like Germany, Italy, and France their share is a lot smaller (< 20%).