apple watch pre-order

After nearly 6 months of waiting, you will finally get the chance to check out the Apple Watch in person tomorrow. All official Apple Stores should have them on display, with representatives eager to answer your questions about the device and help you try one on.

Pre-orders for the Watch also open to the public tomorrow, starting at 12:01am Pacific time. So with that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to put together a quick roundup of everything you need to know before you decide to stay up all night to get your order in.

When

Apple only sets aside a small amount of inventory for product pre-orders, setup on a first-come-first-serve basis. After that stock is gone, shipping times start slipping beyond the official launch date (April 24), and you’re better off trying your luck at your local Apple Store.

The point is, you are going to want to get in fast, so you should know what time the festivities begin in your neck of the woods:

  • US Pacific Time – 12:01am
  • US Eastern Time – 3:01am
  • Australia (Perth) – 3:01pm
  • Canada (Toronto) – 3:01am
  • China (Beijing) – 3:01pm
  • France (Paris) – 9:01am
  • Germany (Berlin) – 9:01am
  • Hong Kong – 3:01pm
  • Japan (Tokyo) – 4:01pm
  • UK (London) – 8:01am

What

With 3 models, 2 sizes and several bands, there are dozens of possible Apple Watch combinations to choose from. And given that you want to be as fast as possible, this isn’t something you want to be figuring out last minute. Here are a few articles that can help with your decision.

Once you know what you’re getting, you can Favorite the model by tapping on the Heart icon on Apple’s website so it’s ready to go.

Where

Pre-orders will take place solely on Apple Store website and app, and you’ll have the option to either have the Watch shipped to your house or to pick it up at your local Apple Store. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks, so here’s a list of things you need to help you decide.

Shipping

  • Convenient, in that you don’t have to worry about going anywhere or doing anything out of the ordinary
  • The Watch could arrive at anytime between 8am and 7pm on April 24, depending on where you are at in your delivery company’s route
  • The package may require someone be at your house (or wherever you have it shipped to) to sign for it

Pickup

  • You get the convenience of going to pick it up whenever you want from your local Apple Store
  • You’ll be in front of Apple employees who can answer questions about the Watch and help you with setup
  • It’s not likely going to be a quick in-and-out process, as you’ll have to wait behind other pickup customers, many of whom will probably have questions
  • In-store pickups are limited to 1 per customer, meaning even if you ordered more than 1 Apple Watch, you can’t pick both up by yourself

And that should just about cover everything. As usual, iDB will let you know as soon as pre-orders become available tomorrow morning, and provide updates on shipping estimates and other need-to-know information. So make sure you continue to check back with us throughout the day.

  • Luke Mulholland

    If I preorder when do they actually take the money from me? I don’t get paid till Friday 17th -___-

    • Fanboy 

      Based upon my previous experiences with every iPhone preorder, they don’t charge your card until they’re ready to ship out the item. This is usually around Tuesday of the week of launch so in this case I would say we’ll get charged the 20th or 21st.

      • M L

        I have had the total opposite experience. I believe they charge when you order it. Otherwise they could have 1,000’s of ordered and nobody paid for anything.

      • Donstil

        They don’t charge you they only “reserve” tomorrow, charge they do when the product gets shipped.

      • M L

        I can be wrong, it has happened once or twice in my life. 🙂
        Now that I think of it. That has been my experience buying my iphones from Verizon. So maybe that is a Verizon thing.

      • Fanboy 

        Definitely, through Apple they dont charge until it’s going to be shipped. Carriers might do it differently to cover their greedy butts lol.

      • Kr00

        Nope. When it ships. Always has been.

    • NeftyCorrea

      i believe right away

    • Kr00

      I’ve always been billed the day the product ships.

  • NeftyCorrea

    ordering my apple watches at 3:01am it is !

  • B.A.M.F.

    this article makes me think you guys are saying pre orders are gonna sell out or something…. i dont think they will at all. i dont think this product will be a huge hit like the iphone was/is.

    • Gary LE

      Its not as huge but production issues will limit availability as a few batches were reportedly not up to apple standards.

    • jalexcarter

      With all of the production issues the watch has been having i definitely expect availability to be very low by the actual release date where shipping times will fall to 4-6 weeks like iPhone and other products have.

    • techfreak23

      famous words… haha. shipping estimates fell to months within minutes of the window opening. i was lucky enough to get my order in within 3 minutes so hopefully mine shows up on launch day!

  • Rupinder

    I’m still unsure about whether or noting should ship to home or store. what will you guys be doing?

  • Gary LE

    So the question is:

    If i like to PICKUP my watch after preorder then can it be the next day? Or do they have certain days u can pick up.

    I need to know the fastest way to have the watch in my hands!!!!

    • John

      My experienced based on the iPhone 6 Plus preorder (first time they had reservations in Australia) YOU choose the date/time you want your reservation to be, much like a Genius Bar appointment.

    • techfreak23

      there isn’t going to be any in store pick up options initially. you have to order online and have it shipped.

  • mike

    I think this “low-supply, high-demand” thing could be a marketing technique. Apple already knows that people are going to buy their devices. They boast about their record-breaking pre-order sales every launch.

    Why not hype-up the pre-order crowd by telling the media they’re unsure of the supply? Media and customers have no true way of telling how much stock they’ll have at launch.

  • Kim Andrè Flaten

    Im going to order a watch I’m my friends name and to his US address. But i will pay with my Norwegian credit card, anyone have experience with this? will my order go through??

  • Sebastián Junca 

    I spoke yesterday with an apple employee and told me the Apple Watch wasn`t going to be able to pick up at store. Anyone knows if this is true?

    • techfreak23

      it was true

  • techfreak23

    there are no in store pick up options… don’t know where you got your info from but I just pre ordered mine within the first 3 minutes! no 4-6 week or june ship time for me!