Why is the Watch several weeks away?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by kmj2318, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    Why do you think the event was so far before the release? And also, preorders are two weeks before release. Usually the space between event, pre-order, and release is days, not weeks.
  2. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Nothing new. It was this way with the original iPhone and iPad as well.
  3. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Invitations 1 day pre MWC - Event 1 day post MWC.
  4. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Maybe there will be yet another event where they show the same stuff again? :D
  5. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    any number of reasons

    production requirements
    finalising software glitches
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    On A Blog to Watch, the speculation was that they wanted this before a major watch conference next week in Switzerland. Another reason is that they are still finalizing the software and/or retail sales processes, but wanted to get the information out so that they can begin to build up buzz.
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    It's longer in between for new product lines. For example, the original iPad was given release date on March 5, 2010 and streeted on April 3rd.
  8. nwlondonlad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    UK London
    As others have said it's pretty much cos its a new product and there is no other models currently out in the market by Apple

    When the next gen is released it will be about a week from announcement to pre order
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I would think the reason is that they are not ready yet. Likely getting a last minute software update and going to packaging.

    If they were you can bet Apple would be selling them. Same for the new Macbook
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    My guess is s/w is the bottle neck taking us to end of April. Certainly a release a weeks after Easter and month away from Memorial Day is NOT the "early" part of the the year by any credible definition. So it's safe to conclude there was a hitch somewhere.

    Two week pre-order window is probably to help gauge production allocation for an all-new product with 42! unique SKUs. The extra week also helps to lower shipping costs because Apple won't have to drop ship as many from the factory.
  11. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    They've given us a date and now they're just finalising stuff.

    Plus, it gives us a chance to carefully think about what we want to pre-order :p
  12. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    1. To give us time to save up the cash. (One month).
    2. To give them time to judge how much to ship from China April 10th -> 24th.
  13. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    They need to produce enough samples to ship to 450 retail stores around the world, and the materials and design to rework those locations for a Watch demonstration area... without any additional leaks coming out of China.
  14. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    I think it was partly because of the new Pebble Time.

    The fund day where they take the money for your pledge is before the preorder date of the Apple Watch. (March 28th, April 10th being Apple Watch preorder day.)

    They wanted the price/launch day info out there before that date to reduce loss of sales to Pebble.

    I myself am considering cancelling my pledge. I currently use a Pebble for work (don't feel it's smart enough for regular use) and it's got a little tatty. I was going to get the Pebble Time to replace it as my work watch but I'm thinking about using the Apple Watch with a sport band and a sweat band over the top.

    Then put the stainless steel bracelet back on for normal wear.
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    reminds me of steve jobs talking about the original iphone. During their keynote he did not even think it would work right b.c up to that point it had not.
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    That had to be a scarey time for sure!

    The need to announce can be a pressure cooker for the people behind the curtain.
  17. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Kauai, HI
    I've never preordered from Apple before because it is easier to just get the phones from AT&T. Will early preorders be shipped from a big stash that has made it into the US or will they all ship directly from China like they do once things are in regular production?
  18. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
    Crazy it is released 7,5 months after its announcement. The wait has been devastating!
  19. kmj2318 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    I turned over a few different reasons.

    I don't think its about supply. I think Apple can easily satisfy the demand. This will sell much less than the iPhone 6. Apple doesnt even have problems with the iPad supply. I think the apple watch will be well supplied. Of course, people are going to think this means low demand. Unless Apple wanted to announce the Watch before the supply chain started leaking it. Oh wait, there already was an event before. They're not getting in front of any supply constrains here

    There still working on the OS. Which is obvious. They'll be working on it from now till release. But it might be that because it's a brand new product, so they chose to give it more time. That doesn't make sense. I'm wondering why the event was so far ahead of the release. They could have planned a later event and worked as much on the OS and release it on the 24th either way.

    Time to educate employees. I think this is the big one. This would push the event up because inevitably the new info would leak from employee training. Your not going to keep that leak plugged. So you need to get the information out before it all leaks on someone else's terms. Employee training takes a lot of time for a new product, but hardly any for the fourth iteration. This is what the event was getting in front of in my opinion.
  20. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I have a theory about this long delay. I do not think the watch is ready. I kept thinking during the presentation that a lot of the demo's were simulated they were not real. This is nothing new for Apple they admitted that with the first iphone it definitely was not ready and they faked most of the presentation. I suspect they have not yet finished the software or have many bugs they are still working on and expect to have most resolved by release date.

    However, I would not be surprised to see the product released with lots of software bugs.
  21. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    My theory is, the watch was originally supposed to ship in March (there were many rumors to this), but it got delayed and Apple had already reserved the conference venue.
  22. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    This. I also think that the Spring Forward event, was not an :apple:Watch event, but rather a MacBook event. The watch was almost an afterthought, and nothing new was really presented, aside from price and availability.

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