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At 12:01am PT Apple started taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch models through its online store and the Apple Store iOS shopping app. If you’ve managed to reserve your device for in-store pickup or home delivery on April 24, consider yourself lucky.

As MacRumors points out, pre-order shipping estimates for many Watch models have slipped to 4-6 weeks or later in less than six hours, with some models such as the 42mm Black Link Bracelet now set to ship in July. This means folks who just woke up and pre-ordered the device won’t get it until late next month or June.

As of this writing, the online US Apple Store provided the following pre-order shipping estimates for various models:

  • Apple Watch Sport White 38mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport White 42mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Blue 38mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Blue 42mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Green 38mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Green 42mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Pink 38mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Pink 42mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Space Gray 38mm: June
  • Apple Watch Sport Space Gray 42mm: June
  • Apple Watch with Sport Band: 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Classic Buckle 38mm: Delivers 4/24 to 5/8
  • Apple Watch with Classic Buckle 42mm: 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Milanese Loop: 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Leather Loop: 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Brown): 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Black): 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Soft Pink): June
  • Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Blue): June
  • Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Stainless Steel: 4-6 weeks
  • Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Space Gray 38mm: June
  • Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Space Gray 42mm: July
  • Apple Watch Edition Rose Gold: July
  • Apple Watch Edition Yellow Gold: June

This wasn’t entirely unexpected.

Yesterday, Apple via a press release said it’ll be taking pre-orders for the device exclusively through the Online Apple Store and via the Apple Store shopping app “during the initial launch period,” arguing that “strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch”.

It’s unclear what exactly is “the initial launch period” and when walk-in purchases might be possible. The device can be pre-ordered in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Both in-store pickup and home delivery options are available, with the former being available only to customers residing within the United States. Try-on appointments are available starting today.

Did you pre-order a Watch and which model did you get?

Source: MacRumors

  • Flabalanche

    It was slipping into June 10 minuits after pre orders started

    • Gregg

      Exactly. For that reason I didn’t order. Figured “What’s the hurry? I can go to the store and look at the thing first, since I wouldn’t get my order until June anyway…”

      • JES

        I went in to pre-order and it had slip to June already; I figured the same, there’s no rush, the Use Case for that watch is not even completely proven. I’ll wait and see.

  • Exed

    Don’t believe the hype. They probably didn’t make too many because they weren’t sure how people would take to the watch.

    • Manuel Molina

      Agree. This is a new product for them, and just like the 5C, they are seeing how things go before they make Billions. Not to say it won’t sell, but I don’t see it selling out in seconds like the phone.

    • Rowan09

      Tim Cook made that exact statement, so it’s not a hype to believe.

      • That_Fruitarian

        Exactly. Some people never pay attention.

      • Maxim∑

        Yeah both tim and the SVP of retail. Some people just can’t read

    • Fanboy 

      This is untrue. I am 99% sure that Apple consistently creates these supply constraints in order to build a high demand. Nobody wants a product that everyone has, but if something is scarce it becomes more desired and valuable (this is true with anything). I truly believe Apple does this on purpose.

  • I ordered mine while Djing at the club last night lol I hop on the app right at 2am Chicago time and was given a 4-6 week ship date (May 13-May27th) for the 38mm Space gray Black sport band

    • Gerardo Castro

      Same shipping times for me, app didn’t even refresh at 2 AM in Houston. But after it did it was a 30 second process. Ordered the 42mm space gray Sport watch.

      • Yea I cant front the process with the app and using apple pay was sooo smooth and quick. I did it between mixing 1 song to another lol.

      • That_Fruitarian

        Haha… That’s cool

      • Hussain Alsanona

        Same here

    • Rupinder

      Wow! I ordered the same exact watch the second it went live and was lucky enough to have gotten the order for 4/24 – 5/8. But like you said, Apple Pay made the entire process take less than thirty seconds.

  • JayDee917

    It didn’t “slip” to June for the black link Watch, I checked as soon as the store went up and it showed June right off the bat. Also showed 4-6 weeks for the black Apple Watch Sport. This is probably made to look like it sold out when they really just haven’t made any.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      Lol. That’s a good idea. Plausible.

    • asch3n

      I got a 4/24-5/8 delivery date for black apple watch sport. I don’t know about the link one but this one definitely had at least a few in stock.

      • Jamessmooth

        I got the same date range for black apple watch sport.

    • Manuel Molina

      Sounds about right. I don’t see how the gold edition can slip into June/July in seconds unless there’s that much of the “1%” of the rich who are interested in buying a friggin’ Apple watch. The 1% usually bank their money anyways, so I find the “June/July shipping more of marketing stunt.

      • Maxim∑

        Could be an issue with alloys. It is solid gold… And that one is polished by humans

    • CASEACE79

      Not true I ordered the 42mm Apple Watch Sport in Space Grey right at 3:01 EST and got a ship date of 4/24-5/8

  • Andrew

    My Watch Edition gold 42 mm has a ship date for June…… just kidding

  • Ordered at 12:05am but the personal pick up wasn’t available so is I got it to ship to my house anyone else find this problem????

    • techfreak23

      That’s because they were never going to allow in store pick up. I don’t know where they got their info from and why they didn’t even bother to check themselves last night.

  • @dongiuj

    I can hear the drums beating faster and whips cracking louder from China already.

  • iPhoneWINS

    all the A list celebs will be posing with their new ticket soon..

    • iPhoneWINS

      then there wives and side chick will be too

    • Stefano

      I wish I knew what sense you are trying to make.

  • Chindavon

    It’s national ButtHurt Day #2.

  • HugoV

    June, dang. That’s when the Apple Watch 2 rumors are gonna start and I will be regretting getting the original.

    • Don’t worry The second gen wont be out until next year.

      • John

        Yup, gotta agree with this.
        Around June you think?

        Can’t ship the watch to a handful of countries and then launch the second model.

      • I’m thinking a little later, maybe they’ll want it to sit in and let everyone get the hang of it before throwing out a new version too soon.

  • Thunder Cats

    bought both the milanese and link bracelet, both expected to be shipped 4-6 weeks as well. I bought at 12:08AM PST too! I think Apple is delaying shipping to make it appear as higher demand than it should be.

  • techfreak23

    Stop telling everyone they are available for in store pick up when you preorder! Apple is NOT allowing in store pick up for these. Take it from someone who preordered two of them by 12:03am. There were no options for it when the website went live.

    • John

      Where does it say that instore is allowed?

      • techfreak23

        Last paragraph

        “Both in-store pickup and home delivery options are available, with the former being available only to customers residing within the United States. Try-on appointments are available starting today.”

      • techfreak23

        And I live in California…

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Immediately after 4 mins shipping slipped to 4-6 weeks I will get it between 13-27 May

  • ♋JULY 17♋

    Apple was under pressure of the watch I understand why the delay time of certain watches.. This is something new to try and when the pre order starts it successfully grew fast ! #apple

  • dbtwothree

    I feel that a design so new and compact is bound to show some glitches when the metal hits the skin so-to-speak. Especially when it’s there first foray into wearables and it stands to be exposed to elements not usually experienced by tech devices. Sweat and heat coming off the skin continuously, constant motion, banging on surfaces and perpetual use. Apps will all take time to adjust to the new interface (a-la OSX to iPhone Os) and optimization for the smaller display and methods of activation/interaction. I can’t bring myself to a) fight for a preorder b) wait another month and c) hope there are no major flaws just to be among the first to have it. I don’t even consider it an essential device the way I do a phone or computer. I’d prefer to wait and see how this plays out..

  • George

    How embarassing…

  • CASEACE79

    Ordered the Apple Watch Sport 42mm in Space grey with black band at exactly 3:01 EST and was lucky enough to get a ship date of 4/24-5/8

  • Martynet

    Guys, be positive… Lots of bugs and lags could be fixed buy June 😉

    • Tommy Gumbs

      Yup…….but then again it took how many months to fix the rotation issue on the iPhone 6, not to many several other bugs. Lol. They could fix many bugs by June, but will they?

  • Gerardo Castro

    It’s a middle school/early high school thing. Can confirm, was in age group 6 years ago.

    • John

      Oh right, never seen it before.

      Thanks.