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Apple Watch to be available starting April 24

Apple Watch smartwatches launch April 24
Apple Watch lineup
Pre-orders for this smartwatch will begin on April 10, and the device will hit nine markets (including the US) two weeks later.

Tim Cook announced the long-awaited Apple smartwatch back in early September 2014, and now this wearable is finally ready to reach the global market. According to an official press release, the Apple Watch family will go up for pre-order on April 10 while stores should have the smartwatches up for sale starting two weeks later.

These are the three different smartwatch models that Apple brings to the market next month:

  • Apple Watch - stainless steel gray or black case and a wide range of bands, including metal and leather ones; starts at $549 USD and can go up to $1,049 USD.
  • Apple Watch Sport - anodized aluminum case and rubber bands; price is $349 USD or $399 USD, depending on the bands used.
  • Apple Watch Edition - limited edition luxury devices that start at $10,000 USD; a variant with 18-Karat Rose Gold case and Rose Gray modern buckle is priced at $17,000 USD on Apple's online store.

As expected, the luxury Edition smartwatches will only be available in select stores. While far from being the first watch with such a price tag, the Apple Watch Edition appears to be the first smartwatch with a 5-digit price tag manufactured by a big company and not customized by small third parties (Goldgenie, for example).

These smartwatches will reach the following markets next month: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, as well as the US and the UK. More details can be found in the press release below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-11 (Update: 2015-03-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.