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You’ll be able to spend hands-on time with an Apple Watch at Apple’s retail stores without making a purchase. Although some sources previously mentioned trying on Watches by appointment, 9to5Mac has learned that try on appointments won’t be necessary after all.

Apple will start taking pre-orders for the Watch on April 10, ahead of its April 24 launch. April 10 is also when the Watch will arrive for “preview” in retail stores. Apple Retail will begin training employees on selling the device at the end of March.

“Appointments can be made online or through the Apple Store app — they’re recommended, but not necessary,” reads Apple’s internal memo to employees.

“Customers who come to your store without one will be taken care of,” confirms the internal communications sent out to Apple’s retail army.

If I were to offer an advice on buying a Watch, I’d urge you to make an appointment after all, just to be on the safe side and avoid standing in line. With the amount of press the device has been getting in the past few weeks, I’m expecting big crowds during the launch weekend on April 24.


Arriving April 24 to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, the Apple Watch starts at $349 for the aluminum Sport edition.

The stainless steel Apple Watch will set you back between $549 and $1,049 for the smaller 38mm version ($599 – $1,099 for the 42mm variant), depending on your band of choice.

The 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition starts out at ten grands and goes all the way up to an astounding $17,000, depending on a band.

A recent Reuters poll indicated that one out of each four Americans want an Apple Watch, based on surveying 1,245 online users between March 9 and March 13.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Fanboy 

    I’m going to walk into one of the Apple Stores that I know doesnt sell the Edition and walk up with confidence and say I’d like to purchase the Rose Gold haha

    • Okay but don’t be ashamed when they bring it out and give you the total. lol

    • John Smith

      Then the apple dude is like “Here you go, that will be $17,000 please”

    • Jamessmooth

      Wear a gopro on your head while you’re doing it. 😀

      • Fanboy 

        lol amazing idea! 😀

  • Your going to be waiting in line for a long time if you think you can just walk in and try one of these on. Maybe after generation 2 comes out you won’t need an appointment. But if you want to actually try one of these on, your going to need an appointment or stand in line for an hour or two.

  • Jamessmooth

    Just order the one you think you want… or maybe two of the ones you think you want… and return one. I wonder when you can make a reservation?

    • Heck since we are all just made of money, why not just purchase a whole pallet of Apple Watches?

  • Jamessmooth

    Also did anyone notice the free app in the Apple Store app? It’s called Slow Shutter!

  • But I was ridiculed by the Apple guys when I showed up at the Denver store, without an appointment, to try to replace my charging cable that gave out while I was out of town….
    I almost ditched Apple products altogether after dealing with those jerkoffs!

  • admiral0912

    You can’t make an appointment until April 10th.