Leo says that Apple sold out of 5 million Apple watches in less than a half hour, leaving everyone else waiting until June and maybe as late as August before they can get one. Leo says that Apple may have deliberately under estimated the number of watches they needed as a hedge against a potential surprise drop in sales, something that didn't happen in the least!
Lawrence has a Samsung Neo Smartwatch and he's thinking about why people should have one. The main reason is that if he leaves the phone in a restaurant, it'll let him know. That alone is worth getting a smart watch! Leo says that's a great feature. Additionally, Leo says that he can do everything with a smart watch like the apple watch. There are times where he may not want to have to answer the phone, but the watch can reply without anyone knowing. But the bottom line is, no one really needs one. It's a definite luxury.
The Apple Watch became available for preorder on midnight Friday, and it already sold out. New orders will not be filled until June or perhaps even as late as August. Leo got up at midnight to try and get his order in, and he thinks he barely got in for delivery on April 24th. He ordered the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop, while Lisa got the 38mm model. The reviews have been mixed, however. Nilay Patel at The Verge gave it a score of 7/10. David Pogue liked it a lot, though. The big issue is about battery life. There's concern that it won't last throughout the day.
This Friday, April 10, at midnight Pacific Time, Apple will start taking pre-orders for its new Apple Watch. Ahead of the pre-order date, Apple has started putting up new guided tour videos that show off the various features of the watch at apple.com/watch/guided-tours.
Although the announcement of the Apple Watch wasn't really breaking news since they showed it off last year, the fact that it can cost as high as $17,000 has prompted many to take to the internet and share their outrage over what they view as a waste of money. Leo says that since most of the models are over $1,000 (the entry level model starts at $349), it does seem pricey.
Apple's "Spring Forward" event is coming Monday at 10am, Pacific time, and we'll learn more about the pricing and availability of the Apple Watch. We already know that there will be six different varieties in two sizes -- 38mm for small wrists, 42mm for larger wrists. We don't know how much it'll end up costing, but the least expensive will be $349 and could cost up to $5,000 or more for the gold version.
Apple will no doubt officially debut the Apple Watch on Monday at its Spring event, but chances are you won't be able to get it right away. We will learn more about it though, namely how much it will cost. There will be six watches, in three different styles -- a sport model, stainless steel, and a gold watch. The gold watch has been estimated to cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. The least expensive, the sport model, will start at $349. There will be two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and there will be several bands to choose from.
Apple sent out invitations for an event in San Francisco on March 9 called "Spring Forward." We expect to get more details including pricing and availability of the Apple Watch. The event will be streamed live.
The Apple Watch will work with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. He won't be able to use Apple Pay with the Apple Watch if he doesn't have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, however. So he may want to get the new iPhone 6 for that. We don't know yet if this will be such a great watch, though, anyone who's saying that is just guessing.
With the news that Apple's new Apple Watch will be coming in April, the company is putting safes in all of its stores to hold them. Some, including the Gold Edition version, will cost about $5,000. Leo says that's crazy considering that it'll be obsolete in a year.
Meanwhile there's another rumor that Apple is going to offer a streaming TV service with content licensed directly from providers. Rumors also suggest that Apple is talking to programmers about making it happen. Leo says they may have a shot this time, especially if they can offer live event programming.