The Apple Watch may have been with us since April of this year, but that doesn’t mean that everyone in every country has been able to enjoy the experience. For a number of reasons that are probably soaked in complexity, certain products take a lot longer to make it market in specific countries than they do in others. Now, Apple has made some behind the scene changes to its Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates websites to officially announce that the Apple Watch will be going live in both countries later this month.
If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the countries that always seems to be part of any initial Apple product launch then you’re probably a little blind to the fact that not everyone gets technology products right away. Since the Apple Watch was originally launched back on April 24th, there’s actually been an additional four waves into various territories, making five waves in total. When the intelligent wrist piece finally hits Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on October 22nd, it will be as part of Apple’s eighth launch wave of the intelligent timepiece. Where are the sixth and seventh waves you ask?
The release of the Apple Watch into those aforementioned territories will follow on quickly from the sixth and seventh waves that will see the hardware land in a plethora of European and South America countries over the next seven days. Belgium, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, and Poland will see the Watch arrive tomorrow on October 9th, with Brazil and Colombia being able to officially get the wearable starting October 16. The release in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates shall follow six days later. Here’s the full phase breakdown to date:
- April 24: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, U.K., U.S.
- June 26: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan
- July 17: The Netherlands, Sweden, and Thailand
- July 31: New Zealand, Russia, and Turkey
- September 25: Austria, Denmark, and Ireland
- October 9: Belgium, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, and Poland
- October 16: Brazil and Colombia
- October 22: Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
Those living in the United Arab Emirates can expect to part with upwards of 1,399 dirhams ($380) for the Apple Watch Sport 38mm model. Apple is yet to update its Saudi Arabia facing website with pricing details, but with the launch of the product around the corner it’s highly likely that those details will follow shortly.