With the Apple Watch all set to be released to consumers in April, Apple has begun training its retail store employees in multiple countries for its upcoming smartwatch. Read all about it, after the jump.
Apple Watch is the Cupertino giant’s first attempt at wearable technology, and also happens to be the most anticipated one since the original iPhone was launched. Apple’s "most personal device ever" will be its first step into the smartwatch market already flooded with an array of devices from various manufacturers running on custom, or Android firmware.
Apple naturally went the iOS way, customizing it for its smartwatch, subsequently giving birth to Watch OS. With a significantly different take on the OS compared to existing counterparts, and the inclusion of some pretty sophisticated technology, Apple Store Geniuses will have to be trained comprehensively to get them up to speed with this new piece of technology. According to 9to5Mac, the training being conducted right now is short on details about the workings of the product and this could well be due to apprehensions about information leaks. As for the more detailed trainings that will obviously be needed once the watch is launched, Apple will begin coaching select employees with a more hands-on experience in the next few weeks.
Around a month ago, there were speculations being raised about how the inclusion of Apple Watch into the company’s product portfolio could actually lead to more wait, and consequently more crowd at the Apple Stores given the totally alien product that it will be for those not even remotely familiar with iOS in general. This concern obviously is not helped with any amount of training the employees at the store may have.
Meanwhile, Apple has started placing safes with MagSafe chargers in its stores to secure the markedly expensive Apple Watch Edition variant of the smartwatch, in what is being termed as ‘jewelry store-like’ protection methods. Apple has had its share of robbery experiences before and is not willing to risk it with the 18-karat gold version of the smartwatch in its retail stores. As for the rest of the variants, Apple has only announced the price for Apple Watch Sport, coming in at $349.