As is often the case with new Apple products, there was a manic rush for pre-orders of the Apple Watch when it was first made available to reserve back on April 10th. Historically, those who manage to get in early get their devices before those lagging behind, and within hours of the pre-orders beginning, many customers were reporting estimated shipping dates of 4-6 weeks. Some were even told that June would be a ballpark ETA for a product that hits the mass market on April 24th, but much to the surprise of some, the status of some of these orders has changed to “Preparing for Shipment” – a very pleasant surprise for those who may have prepared for a long wait.
Having to sit around for a couple of weeks for the Apple Watch to arrive is no great hardship on the pre-ordering faithful, but the fact that many others will be unboxing, wearing and discussing the device for many weeks before your delivery may be a little hard to take. If you thought you’d be sitting on your hands while everybody else was rubbing the Apple Watch in your face, you may wish to check your delivery estimates, for some are finding that their device is being readied for shipment despite an initial 4-to-6-week forecast.
Some of our readers, however, have said that they were expecting the device to arrive on April 24th, but have yet to be notified of its shipping preparations nor had their debit / credit cards charged. Suffice to say, things seem a little up in the air right now for some, and even if you did order very swiftly after pre-orders began, this is not to be taken as a guarantee that you’ll be united with your Apple Watch by Friday.
From this Friday, April 24th, the Apple Watch will go on sale in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Keep checking the status of your order during the next couple of days, particularly for funds being removed from your bank, which should be taken as a sure-fire sign that your Watch is about to be shipped or will be imminently ready for in-store collection.
We’ll keep you updated on more news as it arrives, so stay tuned.