Apple Watch tipped for release in March
Wearable technology is an increasing segment of the market, with big name manufacturers jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon. We’ve seen numerous Android versions now, but one that many are waiting for is Apple’s version. This was originally dubbed the iWatch, although the company eventually referred to it as simply the Apple Watch. Now it’s reported that the Apple Watch is tipped for a release in March for those in the US.
In the first half of last year there were expectations that the Apple Watch would launch later in the year, but although it was officially introduced in September 2014 the company gave a release timeframe of early 2015. Apple then released the first iOS 8.2 beta in November, bringing WatchKit support for developers to prepare for the device.
Now sources said to be “familiar with the matter” say that the device is set to start shipping before the end of March, and that retail employee training should be starting in February. The training for Apple Retail Store employees will be extensive and it’s expected that at least one or two Apple Store representatives will be heading to Apple HQ in Cupertino, California or to Austin, Texas to become familiarized with the device. That training is scheduled for February 9th through February 16th.
The same sources also say that work on the software for the Apple Watch is near completion, with the battery for the watch being thoroughly tested and work taking place to optimize the inductive charging mechanism. Presently the Apple Watch is anticipated for a March launch as long as there are no unexpected delays with the software.
There will be three different Watch collections for consumers to choose from. As far as pricing is concerned we already know that the Apple Watch Sport gold and metal variant will be priced at $349, but prices for the Apple Watch and Watch Edition haven’t been revealed yet.
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