First Apple Watch deliveries received in Australia, developers selected for expedited shipping progr

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in Apple Watch edited April 2015
It's just after 9 a.m. in Australia and that means the first wave of Apple Watch orders are reaching customers' hands, marking an official rollout of the first product developed entirely under Apple CEO Tim Cook.


Source: Mel Firbank via Instagram


After weeks of anticipation, Australian Apple Watch buyers who preordered the device on April 10 started to receive their units on Friday, local time. As seen above, new owners are posting photographs of the sacred unboxing process to social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Customers in other countries should start seeing packages show up on their doorstep in the next few hours as Apple Watch's nine-country rollout continues. Apple has limited purchases to the Online Apple Store, meaning prospective buyers won't be able to pick one up at the nearest brick-and-mortar Apple Store. Select high-end fashion boutiques in Europe, Asia and the U.S. are expected to have limited supply on hand for in-store retail sale on April 24.


Source: Beau Giles via Twitter


In addition to Australian buyers, developers who signed up for a chance at a special Apple Watch allotment are beginning to receive word on acceptance results. Earlier this week, Apple announced it would make a limited number of 42mm Apple Watch models available for purchase by members of the development community. Developers were selected at random and will receive their Watch in the next few days thanks to a guaranteed ship-by date of April 28.

Apple Watch is the first device to have entered the development cycle after cofounder Steve Jobs died in 2011. As such, its sales performance is being closely watched by analysts as a potential bellwether of Apple's future success.
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  • Reply 1 of 42
    xixoxixo Posts: 431member
    [I]sacred unboxing process[/I]?

    Seriously?
  • Reply 2 of 42
    rykeryke Posts: 3member
    After looking on Instagram at all of these under the hashtag " Apple watch" a majority of them are Apple Watch Silver Sport models with white bands. A few are Stainless. I ordered a Space Grey Sport within two minutes of the pre-order opening, my estimated day is 4/24-5/8 , yet it still lists as processing and I have not been charged yet. I think those of us that got the Space Grey might be the real ones affected by the back-orders. I'm excited nonetheless! The anticipation is killing me, but I'd only be ready to complain if and when the delivery happens after the 8th.
  • Reply 3 of 42
    Did the "first" person to get one drop it like with the iPhone 6 last year?
  • Reply 4 of 42
    noelosnoelos Posts: 122member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xixo View Post



    sacred unboxing process?



    Seriously?



    Think they might have let some editorial in.

  • Reply 5 of 42
    paulmjohnsonpaulmjohnson Posts: 1,380member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xixo View Post



    sacred unboxing process?



    Seriously?



    Yeah I know.  I never understand the multiple pictures people post of various stages of opening the box.  Don't get me wrong, I think Apple do a great job with their packaging, but I don't really care that much.  It's the product that matters.

  • Reply 6 of 42
    Ok....
    Now what?
  • Reply 7 of 42
    fh-acefh-ace Posts: 49member
    Will it blend? What else. Lol
  • Reply 8 of 42
    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
    Lucky bastards!
  • Reply 9 of 42
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    So I wonder how quickly we'll see complaints because the Sport and SS packaging are different.
  • Reply 10 of 42
    xixoxixo Posts: 431member
    fh-ace wrote: »
    Will it blend? What else. Lol

    I'm waiting for blendtec to blend the edition with the gold band...

    Since having to touch the watch or flick the wrist in order to get the time to display is causing some heartburn in the tech press, I guess the next product from Tim Cook will be the Apple Ring - you press the ring to make the time appear on the watch.
  • Reply 11 of 42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xixo View Post



    sacred unboxing process?



    Seriously?



    It's how you get to the Appley goodness inside.

  • Reply 12 of 42
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    xixo wrote: »
    I'm waiting for blendtec to blend the edition with the gold band...

    Since having to touch the watch or flick the wrist in order to get the time to display is causing some heartburn in the tech press, I guess the next product from Tim Cook will be the Apple Ring - you press the ring to make the time appear on the watch.

    You have a good idea there, in spite of yourself. Or you had a good idea.
  • Reply 13 of 42
    chadmaticchadmatic Posts: 285member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    ...marking an official rollout of the first product developed entirely under Apple CEO Tim Cook.

     

    Do we know that?!

  • Reply 14 of 42
    phone-ui-guyphone-ui-guy Posts: 1,019member
    chadmatic wrote: »
    ...marking an official rollout of the first product developed entirely under Apple CEO Tim Cook.

    Do we know that?!
    We do if you trust Tim Cook as he said it was.
  • Reply 15 of 42
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    I played around with them again today at the Apple Store. Unfortunately I was there because I had to return my iMac 5k. Screen went totally dead. While I was waiting for the exchange I fiddled around with the watch. My watch still says June. Anyway, I have to give Apple some deserved thumbs up for just swapping out a two month old iMac immediately with no questions asked. I guess that is what you get with Apple Care and a Personal Business Rep.

  • Reply 16 of 42
    chadmaticchadmatic Posts: 285member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Phone-UI-Guy View Post





    We do if you trust Tim Cook as he said it was.



    How did I miss that?  Always thought it was part of Steve's vision...

  • Reply 17 of 42
    xixoxixo Posts: 431member
    flaneur wrote: »
    You have a good idea there, in spite of yourself. Or you had a good idea.

    Could be interesting. Haptic feedback on the ring could completely replace the 'crown' on the watch.

    But, obsessive compulsives would rub the ring constantly and drain the battery in the watch.
  • Reply 18 of 42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xixo View Post





    I'm waiting for blendtec to blend the edition with the gold band...



    Since having to touch the watch or flick the wrist in order to get the time to display is causing some heartburn in the tech press, I guess the next product from Tim Cook will be the Apple Ring - you press the ring to make the time appear on the watch.



    Watch AppleGold break the blender. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 19 of 42
    Wonder how many developers were accepted for the expedited ?watch lottery. Seems like a lot to me considering I was able to get one myself and I know of a few other guys who got them.
  • Reply 20 of 42
    anomeanome Posts: 1,487member
    Did the "first" person to get one drop it like with the iPhone 6 last year?
    Depends on whether he was being pressured to open it by a newsdroid from Channel 9 or not...

    He wasn't even close to first. He was the first guy in Perth, and thus at least 2 hours behind the first person on the East Coast, and an 1.5 hours behind Adelaide. So quite low down in the order of things. Of course, that's still about 12 hours ahead of the US.
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