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Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Dave245, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. Dave245 Suspended

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    With all the rumours about the Apple Watch, not much has been spoken about the price point for those of us here in the UK. Recently Apple raised App prices for those of us in Europe, i wonder if this will also effect the price of Apple hardware including the :apple: Watch? obviously this is just speculation but all opinions are welcome :D

    I personally intend to purchase the :apple: Watch 42mm with a stainless steel link bracelet. What are peoples opinions on price points for the :apple: Watch? i'm hoping that the :apple: Watch does not go higher than £1000 except for the gold version i think that may very well be over £1000. but what do you think?
     
  2. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I don't know. However I'm not paying anymore than £500 because this is just a toy to me. I have absolutely no need for it but I just want to have one to see what it's like.
     
  3. BvizioN macrumors 68040

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    You can get an idea based on the price they have for other products in US. For example the new iPad mini over there cost $399 while in UK cost £319. So if the Apple Watch starts at $349, then it would probably start around £299 here in UK.
     
  4. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Total guess £299 cheapest model (the $349 model)

    That's the only price we thing we know.

    £249 would be better.

    £262 ish it SHOULD be if we take into account exchange rate and 20% UK Sales tax.

    So £249, would be a nice spot I think that may be hopeful.
    £299 would be Exchange rate, plus sales tax, plus a bit of official Apple let's rip of UK consumers.

    IMHO, £199 for the lowest would make it more a go and get one price, but can't see that happening for a long long time if ever.

    So I'm going to say, as Apple are known to be different for the hell of it!

    £280 for the cheapest sports :)
     
  5. tagy macrumors regular

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    iPad mini 2 32GB in US $349 in UK its £279. Expecting around this price for the cheapest.
     
  6. Dave245 thread starter Suspended

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    Hopefully this is what happens, there are rumours that the Apple Watch Edition will go as high as £3,000 - £4,000 but I can't see many people buying one at that price.
    Personally I like the look of the stainless steel version with the steel link bracelet and then buying an extra couple of bands such as the sport band for exercising and maybe the midnight blue leather band. But again it will depend how much Apple sells the bands for separately.

    If the Sport edition starts at say £300 will the Apple Watch start at £400 that would be a £100 more for the saphire cover and a different band. It will be interesting to see what Apple does price wise, but I really don't want to spend any more than £1000 on the watch and a couple of extra bands.
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    £299 you forgot duty
     
  8. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Personally I think like the iPad due to a few idiots in the media, many are getting totally carried away with prices and seeing anything made by Apple as a gift from the Gods.

    Apple, as we always say is totally 100% into mass market, mass sales.
    It does them no good to price items so high that few can afford.

    Many seem to think Apple can jump in one step into Rolex territory as they are just so carried away with their love of Apple as a brand.

    Apple watches won't be cheap, nothing Apple every is, but they will not be stupidly priced out of the range of people either as that does Apple no good.

    Stainless Steel and Aluminium material costs and irrelevant.
    Stainless will be a bit harder to machine, but that's it.
    And I believe they have the sapphire back.

    In reality, Stainless could be £100 more.

    Then you have the strap to consider.

    The only real question mark is gold, and how thick the case/shell of the watch is.

    I've done the maths at an approx. 1mm wall thickness and we are looking at around $1200 (£750) for the actual gold cost.

    So, wild guess, £1000 ish for the Edition, perhaps up to £1500 max including a fancy strap and VAT
     
  9. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I think it will start at £279-299 for a Apple Watch Sport with a Sport band. I'm not sure how much more the stainless steel one will be - I hope not much more than £100, but could be £250-400 more with a strap like the link bracelet.

    The Edition's price is anyone's guess.
     
  10. Dave245 thread starter Suspended

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    I hadn't really thought of it like that, but it is true that Apple will not want to price themselves out of the market. Personally I won't be buying a gold Apple Watch, I much prefer the look of the Apple Watch steel edition with the Saphire cover and the Stainless Steel Link Bracelt.
     
  11. slenpree macrumors 6502a

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    The price different between apples US $ prices and their UK £ prices is always 1.25:1 I seem to remember.
     
  12. JarScott, Jan 11, 2015
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    Hmm. I want the stainless steel one in the bigger screen size. I really don't want to pay any more than £400 for something I'm not even certain I need in my life. I may go for the smaller size purely because of this.

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    We know that the Sport edition is the base model. The stainless steel one will cost more than the Sport edition. That $349 starting price Apple mentioned refers to the Sport one.

    Edit: I just went to check the Apple website, just for the sake of it. I'm less certain about my original comment now. In almost all the material, Apple seem to order the watch editions with the stainless steel one first. In fact, at the bottom of the page, the editions are listed like this:

    [​IMG]

    They also appear in this order on the 'custom alloys' section of the Design page.

    [​IMG]

    Which is interesting seeing as this would suggest the Sport edition won't be the cheapest model. Or I could just be reading into a list way too much.

    Only time will tell.
     
  13. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Where did I suggest the Sport will cost more than the stainless steel one? :confused:

    Anyway, I'm 99% sure the stainless steel version will cost more than the Sport even if Apple display it in a peculiar fashion on their website - Sapphire glass and the ceramic back for starters will push the price up significantly!

    (Fingers crossed not much more though...)
     
  14. Dave245 thread starter Suspended

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    This is probably true, I think the Stainless steel version wil cost more than the sport edition, the question is by how much? No one but Apple knows at this point. I would expect it to be maybe £100 - £200 more due to the Saphire on the back and the watch cover I think. Also because of the stainless steel band. That's just my guess tho and I'm probably wrong. Overall I don't really want to be paying £1000 for the steel version even with a couple of extra straps/bands brought as extras/add ons.
     
  15. BvizioN macrumors 68040

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    This is what I have thought since Apple Watch was announced. Based on how they are listed on Apple's site, it looks like starting from the base to the most expensive. But then I got puzzled after reading comments here that sport edition will be the cheapest and I'm not sure anymore.
     
  16. Dave245 thread starter Suspended

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    The sports watch probably will be the cheapest version, it makes more sense, the stainless steel will probably be the next one and then the Gold Watch Edition. I'm hoping the stainless steel version does not go over £1000 but only time will tell.
     
  17. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    The numbers in pounds are usually 4/5 of the number in dollars, so it'll probs start at £279
     
  18. Dave245 thread starter Suspended

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    I wonder if the cheapest :apple: Watch (which we think is the Sport) will also be the 38mm and we will have to pay extra for the larger one. Knowing :apple: I'm guessing yes.
     
  19. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    Somehow I doubt it. I Don't think that this is something that they will charge an extra £40 for a watch that is 4mm taller. Some people say that it's a women's size and a men's size, in which case I don't see why it would be more expensive for men.
     
  20. Piggie macrumors 604

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    That's totally up in the air at the moment.

    There is no reason why they should charge different amounts, it's up to them.

    Manufacturing cost differences will be minimal, and they can always average the costs out anyway between the two models.

    Everyone says, yes it's BIGGER it will cost more.
    But then this is a different market. Wearables. And in general you don't usually pay different priced for different items you wear, shoes, pants, jackets, shirts, as the costs are averaged out by the maker.

    Unlike a phone, or a tablet. You can't help that you were born tall or short, big bones/small bones.

    It's very common for things on the body to be priced the same.

    And as I say unlike TV's Computers, Phones, etc etc, which are just preferences on what size, this is more a think you can't help

    I'm sure Apple has considered this very issue and probably argued about which way they should play it.

    We'll all know soon enough :)

    Thinking about it another way it's actually even funnier, as very often, smaller items = harder to make = more expensive.

    Everyone just seems to be stuck in the idea of Apple are going to play this like OLD Apple would.

    Perhaps new "Wearables" Apple will do it different this time, and not punish you as you were born to large parents.
     
  21. Dave245 thread starter Suspended

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    I didn't think of it that way, I automatically assumed that Apple will be charging us more for the larger Apple Watch. But I supose only time will tell (pardon the pun) I do think that there will be lots of options when buying the Apple Watch, it may even be like when buying a Mac we get to select the processor, amount of RAM and storage amount that type of thing. So for the watch we will get to select which finish we want, stainless steel for example, the size of the watch and the type of band we want, hopefully with the option of being able to buy extra bands.
     
  22. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    So you did the Maths did you. I would love to see the numbers you worked with.

    If as predicted the edition version is made of 18 C gold for both the body and the band then I totally agree with those predicting £3,000 to £4,000.
     
  23. Piggie macrumors 604

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    If the main body of the watch is 1mm thick, and I know that sounds thin, but when you get that small it's not actually in percentage wise, 1mm in all directions, we'd be looking at approx. $1200 £750 of raw gold value.

    So, tack on the price of the insides of the $349 model (let's say $200 of just insides value) and a little extra for the nicer back and screen.

    It still could be in the $1500 mark plus sales tax

    UK Price £1150 (say $1200)

    Plus the cost of the strap.

    Not saying that is what it will be, but I think that's fairly reasonable Do-able realistic price point given the specs I outlined.

    If you want to see what 1mm wall thickness looks like:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2939xc_case-concept-render-hd_tech
     
  24. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Remember the watch has a band. Take a look at this.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mens-President-Watch-Band-Rolex/dp/B00A2WZ1UK
     
  25. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Indeed.

    I don't believe Apple is marketing a gold band are they?

    Leather and Gold I believe is what they are offering.
    No doubt such a band will be expensive.

    It will be interesting to see how they position themselves in the market.
     

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