Tim Cook Confirms Apple Watch Outside U.S. Availability In April, Promises Ton Of Apps At Launch
Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that the Apple Watch will be available on international shores in the month of April. Cook also discussed some Apple Watch development on the app front as well, teasing us with signs of things to come when the wearable becomes eventually available. Head over the jump for further details on what Apple fans are likely to experience in April.
According to 9to5Mac, Cook, speaking at the Berlin flagship Apple Store last week, had told employees that the launch of the Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the U.S. and that the wearable will be headed to Germany, all in the month of April. This means that it will be launching in other international countries too in April.
Speaking to the employees ahead of the ‘Spring forward’media event set for the 9th of March, Cook also hinted at the array of apps the Apple Watch would likely be used for, according to9to5Mac. The smartwatch will be able to act as a wireless keycard for unlocking rooms in some of the best hotels across the world, and this is something that earlier reports had hinted at as well following the initial announcement of the Apple Watch. In this respect, Starwood Hotel had already stated that it has been working with Apple on such an app for the Apple Watch. There were also discussions about third-party apps heading to the watch to take full advantage of the various fitness and health trackers packed into it, where Cook is terming the development as “really, really fantastic.” Oh and users will also be able to use the watch to pay at Panera Bread, one of the early adopters of the Apple Pay facility.
Apple is also looking to take the watch into the enterprise environment as well, and Cook talked about how Salesforce.com has been developing software for the Apple Watch. Salesforce has been a long-time partner of Apple for enterprise solutions.
The Apple Watch is likely to be shipped with only a few pre-loaded apps as such, and third-party app development is likely to be a major contributor to its much anticipated success, akin to the iPhone.
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