Apple Store Online Down Ahead of Tonight’s Apple Watch Pre-Orders

The Apple Store is now down for the count, ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders set to kick off at 12:01AM PDT/3:01AM EDT tonight. Appleโ€™s new 12-inch MacBook is also expected to become available for pre-order tonight as well, since its launch day is tomorrow.

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As we speak, other first-wave launch countries such as Australia and Japan are already trying on Apple Watch and posting numerous pictures online. These hands-on images will provide those of us waiting a closer look to make that final decision on which Apple Watch model to buy.

Apple Watch starts at $449 CAD for the 38mm Sport model, topping off at $22,000 CAD for the 38mm 18k Rose and Yellow Gold Apple Watch Edition models, which will be available only at these Apple Stores in Toronto and Montrealย at launch.

For those pre-ordering tonight, we suggest using the Apple Store iOS app to place your order, as in the past it goes ‘online’ faster than the website (well, the iPhone 6 pre-order was a bit of a mess). As a backup, you should be glued to your Mac or PC as well, to ensure you get your Apple Watch of choice as soon as the store goes back online.

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  • Zeke

    Someone was just Periscoping from the Apple Store in Hong Kong showing the Apple Watch. Looks ok. If I was going to buy one it would be the Watch Sport white 42.

  • Derek Kraneveldt

    Looks like I’ll be grabbing the MacBook online too. No stores in Nanaimo are set to have stock!

  • wuju

    3am EST. apple online still now up yet ๐Ÿ™

  • maxwell604

    anybody busy refreshing their apple store app now?
    Its taking long

  • duff

    here we go again just like the iPhone 6 pre-orders

  • Salinger

    Sadly, typical for Apple.

  • Kirk

    I’m done. Ordered mine. Stainless steel black sports band. Are aluminums taking longer?

  • travis

    app is up order placed

  • maxwell604

    Sweet! Got a 42mm Blue Apple Sport Watch! Got in quick and out! Good Luck everyone!

  • duff

    ipad app worked like a charm, stainless steel black sport to go!! couldn’t order applecare+ though, wouldn’t let me add it.

  • natedog

    order pac and received. iPhone app. Way to go Gary, thanks.

  • Salinger

    Although I swore I wouldn’t, ordered Black Sport on the app. I’ll decide later if I’m keeping it. But delivery date is May 13-26 and I got in almost immediately!

  • maxwell604

    Anyone here booked an appointment to the Apple Store for the Apple Watch try on after doing the preorder?

  • Me

    iPhone app was fastest this time (2 mins after midnight). Ordered and now the wait begins.

  • Jason Reid

    Got two watches and a gold macbook in less than 4 minutes with emails to confirm.

    White 38mm sport- Delivers: 24/4-8/5
    Black 42mm sport- Delivers: 15 May – 28 May
    MacBook Gold Basic- Delivers: 7 May – 14 May

  • maxwell604

    Strangely I bought an extra band which is the 42mm Black Sport Band which says May 6 – 20th for Delivery, You would think if you were to buy an accessories for the Apple Watch it would be here for launch day

  • P.O

    Just ordered the sport black 42mm, already in the 4-6 week category…

  • maxwell604

    What’s everyone opinion on the Space Grey Finish for the Apple Watch Sport? The color looks more black like Slate when the iPhone 5 had that finish before Apple switch over to Space Grey. I noticed Space Grey on the iPhone 6s looks more light Grey closer to a Dark Silver.

  • Kirk

    Yup I did. It was fast. Got confirmation email too

  • natedog

    just dropped $1100 on 2 watches for for myself and my wife, not knowing what they are like. Just take my money now apple. lol.

  • kabsalsa

    This was the easiest launch yet. Had no problem ordering a couple options I was considering. Now would love to know how to make an appointment to try them on

  • natedog

    the app was the better way to go. Thanks Gary for the tips.

  • Appletakemymoney

    Just Ordered 2 watches. Got on at 10:03 tonight
    Watch Sport 42mm Space Grey Black sport band Delivers 24/4-8/5
    Watch 42 Stainless Steel with Black Sport band Delivers 24/4-8/5

    Guess i lucked out!! Seems watches are now 4-6 weeks, or longer.

  • Appletakemymoney

    Er, i mean 12:03 PST

  • Maxwell604

    On your Apple Store App, click on the Watch heading on the top, then scroll down the page till you see a Heart Symbol heading where it says pick your favorite apple watch models then you’ll see a clickable link “schedule a try-on appointment” in blue then its pretty straightforward from there

  • Nick

    What is the esrimated shipping date if it shows
    24/4-8/5 ? Little confused

  • Jason Reid

    April 24th-May 8th

  • Nick

    Perfect thanks =)

  • wuju

    Got my order in. plus made a in store reservation to check out the watch this afternoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • maxwell604

    Looks like the Apple Watch Space Grey is the most popular as Its currently saying Available to Ship: June.

  • wuju

    Got two in.

    42mm Watch with Classic Leather buckle – Delivery 24/5 – 8/5
    38mm Watch with black modern buckle large – Delivery 13/5 – 26/5

    Both were ordered 2 mins apart and the delivery date for the 38mm already slipped. Anyone has their 38mm date in the first shipment date? I’m wondering if the delivery date is available differently based on the size and strap option… Thanks.

  • wuju

    Both are the Stainless steel verions.

  • wuju

    I got the appointment after many attemps but got it in the end with email confirmation. Markville mall at 3pm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • wuju

    42mm Stainless Watch with Classic Leather buckle – Delivery 24/4 – 8/5

    Typo.. April 24

  • kabsalsa

    Thanks!

  • faythebest

    Quick question, when it says delivery 24/5-8/5, does it mean that it could be delivered on the 24th?

    Thanks

  • Yep

  • faythebest

    Thanks Gary????????????????

  • FireLight

    Enjoy and have fun.