The anticipation for the Apple Watch’s consumer roll-out this Friday is building with every moment that passes, and the wait for those who pre-ordered early has just gotten a little bit more tantalizing as Apple begins charging credit cards in advance of shipment. For many, the device is still listed as “processing items,” but for others, the status has advanced to “preparing for shipment,”and if you’re expecting to receive your Apple Watch by Friday, you may want to check the tracking and delivery status.

The number of Apple Watch pre-orders has more than lived up to the hype, although as is often the case with new product launches from the Cupertino company, some have been left disappointed. Anybody looking to order the device now will be waiting a few weeks at least before the device is delivered, although for those who stayed up till the early hours on April 10th, the reward is now almost ready to ship.

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It didn’t take long for expected shipping dates to begin pushing back during those initial pre-orders, and if you weren’t quick to the draw, it’s probable that your Apple Watch’s ETA will be later than this Friday. However, a credit card debit is a sure-fire giveaway that you’ve reached the home straight, so keep checking for any movement and we wish you the best of luck in receiving your device at the earliest point.

Apple has done a fairly good job of ramping up the anticipation ahead of the end user launch. A number of celebrities have been seen wearing the device, and with try-on sessions still being held in Apple Retail Stores throughout the launch nations, prospective buyers can go ahead and test it out before they part with their hard-earned cash.

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Apple’s delivery strategy in the U.S. involves shipping the Watch from production in China to central distribution centers en masse, after which they’ll be pushed to customers via FedEx and UPS. If you’re expecting to receive your Apple Watch by Friday, there’s a strong chance that it will reach you in time for the weekend, so keep a check on any debits from your account, and once more, good luck!

(Source: MacRumors)

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