Try In Store Before Pre-Orders?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Psypher, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Psypher macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    This is a bit of wishful thinking, but since there will probably be about a month between the Spring Forward event and the Apple Watch release date I'm hoping that Apple will set up demo models in the stores prior to the pre-order date. This will allow users to try out the different watch materials, sizes, and bands to pick out exactly what they want before pre-ordering. The demo units don't even need to be working units, but just enough to give us an idea of the aesthetics.

    If they don't do this and still allow for pre-orders, people are going to have to just guess and hope they like what they pre-order. If they don't do this and not do pre-orders, the Apple Stores will be crazy on launch day as everyone will be wanting to try it out before they buy. There's typically only 1-2 weeks between a keynote event and a product launch, but all rumors are suggesting an early April launch for the Apple Watch. Why give 3-4 weeks between the event and the launch?

  2. jordanst macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2014
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Most of us will pre-order sight unseen just as what we've been doing with the iDevices (many here have already decided on the exact model they want pending the outcome of the prices). If you want to try it out, do that on launch day in the store, then get back to the end of the line and hope the model you want won't be sold out.
  4. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    Yes, I think it would be a great idea. Apple should have set up demos of iPhone 6/6+ in the week leading up to release. With the Apple Watch, I think it would be even more essential, plus it would give Apple Store employees more time to gain experience interacting with customers regarding the Apple Watch prior to launch.
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I wouldn't be surprised if they do this only with the Edition models.
  6. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    First gen iPhone and iPad had a 3-4 week gap between the final announcement and product launch. I believe it was a gauge the demand and see how many units to have ready. (Don't quote me on that, I may be wrong)

    My gut would tell me they won't have demo units in store for people to try on before launch day. However lately Apple has been doing things different then predicted, so they may have in store trial nuts on hand.
  7. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    I agree!
  8. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    I doubt they would, but who knows? Maybe they'll suprise us on Monday! I kind of hope they do so that we can get some hands on time to determine which size would be best for us.
  9. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Apple never shows off products before release dates in their stores.
  10. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    It is odd for an announce so far before shipping day (Mar 9 > Apr ??), so maybe they WILL have a display at some point before pre-ordering. On the other hand, Apple stores are already constantly mobbed, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to lure more people into the store before they have anything to sell them.

    Maybe Apple can borrow the Microsoft Stores for trying on samples. They are usually empty and are across the walkway from the Apple stores anyway. :)
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Not really. The original iPhone was given release date on June 11, 2007 and streeted on June 30th, and the original iPad was given release date on March 5, 2010 and streeted on April 3rd.
  12. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    If they do I'll be taking a trip up to my nearest store as soon as I can to figure out what I want to get. And to see the new Mac pro in person for the first time :D.
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    As I said in another thread:

  14. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I have to laugh.

    Can you even imagine what would happen in reality, if Apple, a week or two before launch day said, you can come down to an Apple store and see how the Gold model looks on your wrist.

    Think about it for more than a nanosecond!
    Can you imagine what would happen in reality if they did this?


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