Apple Watch customers could wait months.
by Robert Liljenwall
Anyone who has been through an Apple launch before, knows you have to get in line early or be phone-ready when the clock strikes midnight
. Pre-orders started Friday April 10 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) and true to Apple’s prediction, it was a sell out, not for all models but for the lower-priced editions. For many, they’ll have to wait until June and in some cases, August. Those who got their orders placed early will get Watches in May.
Theories abound about Apple’s strategy — did they purposely reduce the number of Watches available to create a “sold-out buzz”, thus hyping the Watch’s popularity? Is it really that much in demand? Do consumers (Apple fanatics) really crave this new wearable device? Many of the skeptics and cynics opt for the former — one professor cited “this has always been Apple’s strategy — create a sense of high demand even if there isn’t one. But it works.”
Apple doesn’t comment on these conjectures, but in March, Apple provided rough estimates — 5-6 million watches (in all editions) would be available at the launch. Wall Street analysts in Fortune’s review had predictions up to 44 million would be sold in 2015.
Stories abound about how to get around the wait. There are speculators who will sell you their pre-order on eBay for a $1000 over the cost so you can have your immediate gratification. And people are snapping them up. There are high-end, specialty retailers — like Goldgenie.com
, who has created a 24k Gold, Rose Gold, or platinum Apple Watch with Swarovsk-style crystals that come with your choice of exotic animal skin straps for the $17,000 variety. Apple is surely going to string this out as along as the buzz and demand are there. But what about the Watch? Is it worth it? Does it do all of the ‘tricks’ that Apple says it will do. (See the iimpressive Apple Watch video on www.apple.com
Reviews project another Apple “hit”
Although there are mixed reviews about the Apple Watch, from the more than 20 such reviews we have seen show a clear and sometimes enthusiastic approval for the Watch. Early testers said — “It’s goes beyond my expectations…” “It makes me want to wear a watch again.” “It takes a bit to get used to it but once you get over the learning curve, it’s incredible.” But what is really driving this Apple Watch demand? See our Eight Reasons Why