Apple announced its first ever wearable Apple Watch on September 9 alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But unlike the two new iPhones which went on sale last week, the Apple Watch is not going on sale until sometime next year.
The folks at 9to5Mac and The Information cite sources claiming the Watch will start shipping next year, around Valentine s Day. The report also reveals that Apple was until recently planning to ship the device this coming holiday season, but due to the lack of apps, development hiccups, and further refinement to the product, it couldn t see the device launch this year.
In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, CEO Tim Cook revealed another reason behind unveiling the Watch months before the launch. One of the reasons why we wanted to announce it way before we start shipping the Apple Watch is because we wanted to give time to developers to build software for it, Cook said. Entrepreneurs can develop apps for it before it is launched in the market.
The Apple Watch will be available in three variants Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Each variant is available in two screen sizes 1.5-inch and 1.65-inch and also comes with a myriad of customization options. It has a square design, with rounded corners and with a crown on the right size, which is used for navigation. The smartwatch not only gives you notifications from your smartphone, but also boasts sensors to keep track of your fitness tracking activities. The Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5 and above, and will be available early next year priced at $349 and above.