How to Book an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment: Apple Explains to Canadian Media


When Apple Watch pre-orders launched last night after 12:01AM PDT/3:01AM EDT, the race was on to get in your order for the first wave. We used the Apple Store iOS app on our iPhone 6 Plus and managed to order a 42mm Space Grey Sport, but with a May 21-June 2 (4-6 weeks) ship date, despite thinking we had quick trigger fingers. Looks like this model was one of the most popular.

Last night also saw Apple Watch try-on appointments go live. This process allows users to book 15-minute time slots to go try on an Apple Watch, make a decision then go book online. Too bad as of now, the initial wave of supplies have sold out and most are now shipping in June or beyond.

Here’s how to book your Apple Watch try-on appointment:

1. Visit the Apple Store page and click on the schedule a try-on appointment link, found here.

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2. From here, you’ll be asked to select your local Apple Store and pick a time slot for Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch or Apple Watch Edition:

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Apple Watch Edition users get 30 minute time slots versus 15 minute time slots (for Plebs), as seen below:

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That’s pretty much it. You show up and then an associate will guide you through the process, which Apple Canada detailed today to select members of the media in Toronto at the Eaton Centre retail location this morning.

According to Canadian Reviewer, which attended the event, an Apple Store staff member will guide you to a table, pull out a drawer of Apple Watches and then determine which one you may like to try-on:

Having this one-on-one interaction with another human being and being able to get up close and personal with the watches changes a lot of perceptions one might have. Looking at photos and videos doesn’t do justice to how the watch looks and feels in real life. The things that surprised me the most were the kight weight of the Sport version, the level of detail and integration on the watch as well as how organic and natural it does feel on one’s wrist.

I strongly suggest that anyone that’s thinking of buying the Watch go through the preview process.

I had wanted to order the smaller-sized Watch thinking it would fit me just fine and hoping I could save some money and still get everything the device offers. Getting to try both sizes out gave made it clear that the larger size was a better fit for me.

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Did you experience an Apple Watch try-on appointment today? What did you think of it and did going hands-on help your buying decision?


  • Eric

    Did an appt at 1045 am.. the demo watch just loops through a video. I thought the process was quite awkward. She was the one doing up the watch on my hand and I just sorta stood there. I wish it was a working model on your wrist.

  • Ryan Peterson

    When I “Add to Calendar” my confirmed appointment it puts it in Outlook an hour later then what I picked and what the confirmation says…. reservation system seems to be on PDT… hopefully when I go at 3:30 I wont have to wait for an hour.

  • SOB

    Sucks that you can’t just go into the store and play around with it like other products. I am not seriously looking into buying 1 but wouldn’t have minded trying it out without going through a booking process.

  • excited!

    I had an apt for tomorrow, but was walking by the apple store at Pacific Centre in Vancouver when it opened, so decided to go have a look. They were giving walk ins appointments with just a 5 minute wait. Apparently (at least for today, not sure about other days) they had set aside free slots for walk-in’s the guy said. It was a bit awkward, they let me try on 4 (which I did fairly quickly, about 2 min with each). And she was explaining things which was sorta funny cause I felt like I knew more about it than she did 🙂

  • excited!

    Oh – and I tried on the 42mm version of the sport space grey, SS w black sport band, SS w black leather loop, SS w blue leather loop, and SS w black classic buckle. Oh, I guess that’s 5. I was shocked how small the 42mm version was in real life. I’d say even for most girls, the 38 mm version is way too small. The black leather loop was certainly my favorite model, easy to take on and off. The classic buckle looks nice also. I’ve ordered the SS w black sports band, but also ordered a black leather loop strap to go with it.

  • wuju

    It helped me decided on the final size I wanted and the wrist band. Which is 42mm and classic leather buckler. Millinesloop feels and function really good but seems feminine to me.

  • Nilay

    Its really bad strategy from the Angela Ahrendts at Apple. They should allow hands on in store before 1 to 2 weeks of pre order starts. By this way we could have known what we are ordering. Even if I go and try the watch today how does it help me in my buying decision as by waiting for try on my ordering time line might have slipped to 2-3 months. Bad Bad really bad.