Apple Watch release date & price rumours: coming 24 April, priced from £299 to £8,000
The Apple Watch will be here soon, Apple has confirmed shipping date, pricing and more, read on to find out what to expect.
It’s been a long time coming but the Apple Watch will soon be here. We were first treated to our first look at Apple's first foray into wearable technology at Apple's September iPhone 6 event. Now, six months later, we will soon be able to buy the Apple Watch (yep, not the iWatch).
Apple has now finalised all the details including Apple Watch release date and UK price information.
The announcement was made at the Spring Forward event on 9 March, which was attended by analysts and media and took place in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The event shed light on the exact release date for the Apple Watch, as well as the final pricing structure for the various different models on offer. Find out what else was announced at the Apple Watch event here.
If you'd like to take a closer look at the Apple Watch check out our full first look review of the Apple Watch.
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Read our live blog of the event below, and even more information about the Apple Watch below the feed.
Apple Watch launch date
Rumours had suggested that the Apple Watch would launch in the US first, with a staggered worldwide launch. Apple even told our sister site Digital Arts that the Apple Watch wouldn’t launch in the UK in April. Then a few days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a trip to the flagship Apple Store in Berlin, Germany and while there, conversed with employees and allegedly told them that the Watch isn’t an exclusive device to the United States when it launches in April.
The good news is that the Apple Watch will launch in the UK and the US at the same time, indeed, it will launch on 24 April in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.
This shows that Apple is being very aggressive to get the Watch on as many wrists as it can, right from the off. Is Apple feeling the pressure from other smartwatches like the Pebble Time? Find out more in our Apple Watch vs Pebble Time comparison.
Apple Watch price UK: How much will the iWatch cost?
We estimated that the Apple Watch price will start at £299 in the UK, which is exactly what we estimated based on the announced $349 start price in the US.
UK pricing estimate was based on the conversion of $349 to £216 plus 20% VAT and a little more 'Apple Tax'. We also looked for comparably priced products: the 64GB iPod touch costs $299 in the US and £249 in the UK. While the Retina iPad Mini costs $399 in the US and £319 in the UK. So pick a number in the middle of the two, about £294.
What people wanted to know though, was how much the other Apple Watch models would cost, especially the gold Apple Watch Edition. Well now we know, and the prices aren’t far of the estimations.
Apple Watch Sport is priced at £299 inc VAT and £339 inc VAT, depending on the face size.
Apple Watch is available from £479 inc VAT to £949 inc VAT.
Apple Watch Edition, in 18-karat gold alloys, starts at £8,000 inc VAT.
There are 20 versions of the Apple Watch available, including:
The 38mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and white sports band costs £479
The 42mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and white sports band costs £519
The 38mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and Black Classic buckle costs £559
The 42mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and Black Classic buckle costs £599
The 38mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and Milanese Loop costs £559
The 42mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and Milanese Loop costs £599
The 38mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and Black Modern Buckle costs £649 (surely that’s wrong)
The 42mm Apple Watch with stainless steal face and Midnight Blue Modern Buckle costs £649
The 38mm Apple Watch with Space Black Case and Stainless Steal Link Bracelet costs £899
The 42mm Apple Watch with Space Black Case and Stainless Steal Link Bracelet costs £949
There are 10 versions of the Apple Watch Sport available, including:
The 38mm Apple Watch Sport with Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band costs £299
The 42mm Apple Watch Sport with Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band costs £339
There are are 8 versions of the Apple Watch Edition available, including:
The 38mm Apple Watch Sport with 18-Carot Rose Gold watch with White Sport Band costs £8,000
In the US those prices are as follows:
Apple Watch 38mm $549 to $1049, Apple Watch 42mm $599 to $1099
Apple Watch Sport $349 to $399
Apple Watch Edition will cost from $10,000
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