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You need to review your geometry -- you lose too much area in a rectangle circumscribed by a circle.Your other points are reasonable.
Mmm ... Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Store wearing a custom watch with a red crown ... I wonder if Apple is considering offering BTO options for the watch ... some possibilities there ... Especially BTO hardware and software, e.g. watch faces, options ...
I think that, for the Apple Watch product line, they may be an ATO (assemble-to-order) company -- at least for the initial release, until they get a demand history.Likely. in the next few months they will tweak the case/band combinations to have off-the-shelf (standard stock) SKUs and ATO SKUs.
I understand that ... but, say, you have to chose among several passes, credit cards, suggested answers to a notification, options ... For some things its hard to beat a scrolling list -- and, AFAIK, that's best done in a square format (you'd lose too much display space by imposing a round format).
New tech dictates new form ...How do you scroll a list of say 5-10 Credit cards for Apple Pay ... wheel of fortune?
Since it's all speculation ... what if they had 2 million -- or even 1 million ... and sold out within 6 hours ...
I ordered 5 (separate orders) between 12:16 PM PDT and 12:29 PM PDT. The first and last were: 3/24 - 5/8 ... The 3 others were 4-6 weeks.Here's the last:At 12: 29 PM PDTApple store Order Number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx | Ordered on Apr 10, 2015Thank you for your order.We'll let you know when your items are on their way.Items to be ShippedShipment 1 Delivers: 4/24-5/8 by Standard ShippingApple Watch Sport 38mm Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band$349.00
My hunch is that certain case colors (space gray and space black) are more difficult to make / have lower yields ... and that they offered these in fewer combinations -- and these were in popular demand ... dark case for a black screen ...And, they totally underestimated day 1 orders -- or are manufacturing constrained -- or both!
Here's the way that I suspect that Jeff Williams has set up production for the sport and the watch:There are 4 case styles x 2 sizes == 8 case SKUs:al silver x2al space gray x2ss silver x2ss space black x2There are some large number of case/size/band combos ...Pre 4//10 -- Based on forecast demand, case SKUs were assembled and sport/watch assembly stations were setup -- ranging from:a single case SKU (style and size) and a single band SKUa single case SKU (style and size)...
That's amazing!I can remember the (long gone) halcyon days of the US Post Office -- when a letter mailed from anywhere in the US to anywhere in the US would arrive in one day (except no Sunday delivery)!
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