Apple Watch’s U.S. Launch Pegged for March, Retail Training Imminent [Rumour]

According to a new report from 9to5Mac, unnamed sources tell Mark Gurman the Apple Watch is currently set to debut in the U.S. in March, with retail training pegged for February:

Several sources tell us that Apple is planning an extensive testing program to familiarize Apple Retail Store employees with the new product category. One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch. These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.

Details also mention Apple is continuing to tweak and improve the Watch’s battery life and the inductive charging mechanism.

When will the Apple Watch launch in Canada? The company’s website states a vague “Available in 2015”, while the U.S. site reads “Coming Early 2015”, echoing the timeframe retail chief Angela Ahrendts had noted last fall in a memo to employees.

The Apple Watch is set to debut at $349 USD for the Sport model, with the Standard and Edition lines set to cost much more, in particularly the latter, estimated to be in the thousands, due to its use of 18K gold.

Will 2015 turn out to be the year of the Apple Watch? Right now at CES 2015, we’re seeing lots of new wearables (vaporware anyone?), but of course most people (like myself) are holding out for the Apple Watch.

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  • Al

    I think the media will shout “doom and gloom” stories about Apple when the sales for the watch prove to be “unexpectedly low”.

  • OliChabot

    Aha, pretty plausible. They’re going to make it look like Apple was expected to sell 20 millions watch and «only» sold 5 millions.

  • Jason Reid

    Can’t wait. Looking forward to trying the Apple watch.

  • talkiewalkie

    If I get one, it will be a gen 2. I don’t want to fork over hundreds to be a hardware beta tester. 🙂