If you were part of the Apple Watch preorder hoopla last Friday, consider yourself lucky if you were able to get an order with an April 24 ship date. Most people (including yours truly) got their orders in minutes after sales went live, but still received shipping dates of late May and some even into June.
One particular point to note is how the executive team relations correspondent noted Apple Watch preorders could ship earlier than June, as the extended date is there to prevent disappointment:
Further more, and perhaps most interesting, he said that June preorders will most likely ship sooner than June. Of course he didn’t make any promises, but that’s the reason Apple is announcing such an extended ship date after all – to avoid disappointment through false guarantees.
There’s no way to verify the legitimacy of the email, as it was not posted in its entirety, nor were email headers shared for verification. While we don’t necessarily doubt the email response from Apple (Tim Cook has responded to my email before), there is no proof it is indeed real, but we’d like to believe it is.
For those familiar with Apple product preorders, the company usually under promises and over delivers to ensure customers don’t get upset over guaranteed dates. With preorders estimated at around 1 million (and with 2 million orders predicted for the June quarter) in the U.S., once Apple is able to ramp up its supply chain to fulfill orders, more accurate shipping timetables will most likely be sent out.
Our unscientific poll conducted to tabulate Apple Watch preorders currently has the 42mm Apple Watch Sport in Space Grey as the most popular choice at 30% of total votes.