Apple’s first smartwatches will begin shipping in a few months. The company first unveiled the Apple Watch in September, promising they’d be available in early 2015 for $349 and up.

Now Apple CEO Tim Cook says they’ll ship in a few months.

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Cook’s remarks came during a conference call to discuss Apple’s latest quarterly earnings report.

Here are a few other interesting news from the report and conference call:

  • Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones during the latest fiscal quarter (ending December 27th, 2014). That’s a new record.
  • The company also saw record revenue from Mac sales and record App Store performance
  • Apple had revenue of $74.6 billion and profits of $18 billion for the quarter… both of which were also new records.

It’s not surprising that the company sold a lot of iPhones. After years of selling models with 3.5 inch or 4 inch displays while competitors offered smartphones with much larger displays Apple finally introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens, respectively. Apparently there was pent-up demand for larger iPhones.

What’ll be interesting to see is whether the company can repeat the trick next holiday season.

The Apple Watch might help. It’s a new category of product for Apple. While Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus, and many other companies have been offering smartwatches for a while, Apple’s approach stands out.

The company’s watch will include the usual features such as support for viewing notifications from your phone, fitness tracking, and remote controlling music playback on your phone or tablet. But you can also use the Apple Watch to control video playback on your Apple TV, use it as a remote viewfinder for your iPhone camera, and use it instead of a credit card at retail locations that support Apple Pay.

Apple will offer models with 1.5 inch and 1.65 inch displays and it will be available in a range of materials including aluminum, stainless steel, and 18K gold. You’ll probably have to pay a lot more than the starting price of $349 for that last model.

via 9to5Mac

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11 replies on “Apple Watch is coming in April”

  1. I don’t think Apple will ever release this product. Not in its current state. It’s a publicity stunt. I know apple has never done this before but it just doesn’t make sense why they would even consider releasing something so bulky and hideous.

    1. I believe they will, because there still enough people out there thinking this is a great device… (I am not one them, btw…)

  2. This watch is just more of the same. iWatch will be just another player in the big field of smartwatches. Until someone creates a watch that has all the features of iWatch and Android Wear plus the battery life of the Pebble, none of these watches will stand out over the others.

  3. Looking at this https://cdn.liliputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/awatch_01.jpg again and again topped off by a $349 and up asking price, you just gotta be certifiable to wear that exact same colored band to office and expect to be taken seriously. Doesn’t matter right now if it’s Android Wear or Apple Watch, whichever wearable right now on current tech = day time money grab that is all.

  4. This has to be the most ugly smartwatch to date…… Look at ZenWatch, Moto 360, G Watch R, Gear S, etc.

    1. It’s impressive, in one single device they’ve captured the ugly look of last year’s square watches, the tacky cheapness of a $5 watch, and the premium cost and proprietary platform of the first galaxy gears.

  5. I don’t care about the apple watch. Apple needs to announce the new MacBook Air with a retina display! My birthday is rapidly approaching.

  6. Besides buying a MacBook pro for college, apple will not get anymore money out of me.
    Why does the apple watch cost as much as my oneplus one? I think my One has better specs than the watch and comparable specs to iPhone 6+.
    I will enjoy my oneplus one and lg g watch I got for $80.

  7. I can hardly wait for all the disappointed faces, when they realize this thing won’t hold charge for a full day. 3 hours screen time, 19 hours standby time is the official expectations… which means in best case scenario it can run that and no more.

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