apple watch pre-order

Potentially good news today for folks looking at lengthy lead times on their Apple Watch pre-orders. Some customers with 4-6 week and June shipping estimates are reporting that Apple has charged them for their Watch purchases, and their order statuses have changed from ‘Processing Items’ to ‘Preparing for Shipment.’

Given how crazy the Apple Watch launch has been thus far, it’s possible that this doesn’t mean anything—perhaps it’s a system glitch or Apple’s trying out a new processing strategy. But typically, these actions indicate that Apple is about to ship an order, and that has raised hopes that Watches will arrive earlier than expected.

A MacRumors forum thread began blowing up this morning, with users posting credit card charge notifications and shipping status changes. Browsing through the discussion, it looks like most of the folks seeing these things pre-ordered silver aluminum Sport models. I have yet to come across a Space Gray Sport shipping early.

Coincidentally, Apple began notifying select iOS developers yesterday that they were eligible for a one-time purchase of a 42mm Apple Watch Sport (light gray) with guaranteed shipping by April 28. Although it noted supplies were limited, it would seem that the company has more of these on hand than any other model.

The Apple Watch went up for pre-order on April 10, and shipping estimates quickly slipped from the 24 to mid-May and June. There have been reports that these orders may ship earlier than their estimated dates, but Angela Ahrendts reiterated yesterday that inventory is so low, Stores won’t have Watches in-store for several weeks.

Source: MacRumors

  • Merman123

    And here I am with my 4/24-5/8 window and still waiting to be charged 🙁

    • Gary LE

      Me too. I ordered the space gray and hopefully i will get an update soon since my window is the same. Anyones space gray is preparing for shipment with SAME WINDOW?

      • My space gray sport is still processing for June Available to ship date….

  • Pokeh321

    Here with a 4/24 windows just begging for it to be here.

  • M L

    Also with a 4/24-5/8 date and still preparing items. grrrr

  • NeftyCorrea

    come see what I mean I just finished talking about this and mine still hasn’t changed or been charged

  • Andre

    Light grey = Silver Aluminum

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Who are these lucky bastards???

  • Noe Hernandez

    They charged me for the apple care but not the watch what gives

  • Quang

    Take my money, pleaseeeee

  • Pretty annoying I woke up at 3:00 AM on April 10th to Pre-Order mine. The site was down for a bit but finally ordered it maybe 5 to 10 minutes later. My order on Apple still says Processing and Available to Ship is June. I am seriously considering cancelling the order all together. I was expecting this watch on April 24th, not June…..

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Almost exact same situation. Except my shipment said 4-6 weeks in Mid May. Its crazy how 10 minutes can change so much.

    • quitcherbichinn

      I ordered at 3:01 a.m. when the pre-order went live, and I have a 4-6 week delivery (May 13-May 27). They were backordered right out of the gate so don’t be too upset that 5-10 minutes in and you have to wait…I was on the dot and I have to wait. Such is life. You won’t die, I won’t die, life will go on….though I get where you are coming from.

      • Lucky you haha. And the site wasn’t down? I hope we don’t die…. lol. Just that they said April 24th is my point. That’s all.

      • quitcherbichinn

        I don’t disagree…I was FUMING mad when I clicked on the one I wanted and it said 4-6 weeks. If they don’t have the product to begin with, then they shouldn’t have started the pre-order process…they should have waited another week or 2 weeks or w/e until they had a more realistic stock. I used the Apple App on my iPhone and had the watch saved to my favorites, so it was just a couple of clicks to order…took maybe 10 seconds…it was literally like 3:01:20 at the latest that my order went through.

    • Geoffrey Spencer

      I ordered mine at 3 AM EST on the dot and I still have to wait between May 13 to May 26. You are not alone. I ordered the Apple Watch not the Sport edition and definitely not the $10,000+ Watch Edition.

  • Brandon

    my says June and I hope it stays June until theres a whole bunch in the general public and some proper reviews come out lol

  • Hussain Alsanona

    There is no charge on my account ):

  • Andres

    This is exciting… I might place an order for one now

  • jalexcarter

    Have a 4/24-5/8 delivery date but mine finally says preparing for shipment! Woot woot!

    • Chang in Charge

      What model?

      • jalexcarter

        Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel with Black Classic Buckle. That isnt the band i wanted but it was the only one still showing 4/24-5/8 delivery when i ordered at 12:08 so i scooped it up and ordered the sport and link bracelet and will hopefully be able to sell the black leather band on eBay or something

      • Jamessmooth


      • Siaka Togola

        I’ll buy it from you for half the price plus shipping.

      • jalexcarter

        It might be slightly used if my sport and link bracelet get here after my watch does. they have shipping dates of “May” so they could arrive almost simultaneously or a couple weeks thereafter.

      • Siaka Togola

        I know you’ll take good care of it for me

      • jalexcarter

        I’ll keep you in mind Mr. Togola

      • Siaka Togola

        Greatly appreciated. I am dying out here with my order status still idle. 42mm stainless steel with black sports band. The worst is that I was up an hour before, and order at 3:01am EST. At this point i have to stop hoping lol

  • Chris Coleman

    I’m actually considering cancelling my order in the next couple of days if I see no change, had the early time slot and mines still processing….the £299 is starting to look tempting just sat in my account

    • I feel the same way, it’s pretty disheartening to see Apple mess up shipping times. Their customer service is a joke when it comes to not informing their people either. They may have amazing products but the most important aspect, customer service is extremely sub-par. My order was “accidentally” cancelled by Apple the other day when orders started being confirmed to ship. I was told they would fix it and get back to me. Here two days later and 3 calls today, still no word on when it will be fixed. Another horrible preorder experience from the all mighty apple. So needless to say if it’s not fixed by Friday then i’ll just call and make sure they cancelled and they can cancel the bands I purchased as well. Then i’ll have to go around and cancel all my preorders for my accessories too. Annoying as heck!

  • Jamessmooth

    I wonder if Apple is taking care of the shipping in waves per model. Seems like MOST models that are in this first round of shipments are sport models. It looks like a very few select folks are getting the SS shipped to them this Friday, but most aren’t. My sport Watch is en route, but the SS (I ordered it at 12:02 am) is still processing.

    • Merman123

      I see the opposite.

  • Casey H.

    My 42mm Space Grey is “preparing for shipment” as of this morning. Obviously doesn’t mean anything but my fingers are getting sore from being crossed all day.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    My 38mm Space Gray with a 4/24-5/8 shipping window is still processing… I was really looking forward to receiving my watch on Friday. I guess that’s not going to happen. It appears that the Space Gray models aren’t shipping until the end of time.

  • Chocolate Norris

    Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop
    Preparing for Shipment Delivers: 4/24-5/8 by Standard Shipping

  • JC

    Ordered mine stainless with black band within two minutes of pre orders going live. Still says processing. Not happy

  • Elam Raul Colon

    Mine still says “Processing” and “Ships: June” :/ And I haven’t received an email yet.

  • Mathew Ledbetter

    Charged and preparing for shipment! Maybe I will have it tomorrow after all!