According to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, the Apple Watch will start shipping in April this year. (Although it is unsure when we can expect the Watch to arrive in South Africa).
Tim Cook confirmed the Apple Watch’s April release date during the company’s earnings call with investors. This is a bit of a strange move for Apple, as it rarely makes announcements during an earnings call. The announcement was perhaps made during the company’s biggest quarterly earnings yet as an indication of Apple’s intention to make the Watch successful.
Tim Cook further revealed that he is obsessed with the watch, saying that:
I’m using [the Watch] every day and love it and can’t live without it.
Before this announcement Apple had only promised an “early 2015” release date. Tim Cook confirmed that the project was “right on schedule”.
There is still no word on the battery-life, although rumour has it that the Apple Watch will have about 19 hours passive battery-life. There were also no further pricing details aside from the “starting at $349” (roughly R4 000.00) which was revealed in September when the Apple Watch was first revealed.
The Watch will be available in three different versions:
- the standard Apple Watch which comes in polished or black stainless steel; and
- the Apple Watch Sport, available in grey or silver aluminium; and
- the luxurious (and probably expensive) Watch Edition which comes in rose or yellow 18 carat gold, twice as tough as standard gold.
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The screen comes in two versions, a 38 mm and a bigger 42 mm. Both options have sapphire crystal displays. Each version comes with a variety of different interchangeable straps, which means you can really mix and match and make it your own.
You will also be able to choose between 11 different watch interfaces, with Apple claiming that you’ll have more than 2 million looks in general, making your Apple Watch unique and part of your personality.