The Apple Watch, Priced and Detailed
It's been quite a while since the Apple Watch was first announced, and today at Apple's Spring Forward event, we got our first taste of what to expect out of the upcoming series of smart watches. The Apple Watch, we learned, will be going on sale April 24, with prices starting at a whopping $349 and going all the way up to $10,000 for a luxury model that you'd have to be a little bit crazy to think about putting down that much cash for.
Apple Watch Sport is the lower-end model which will be housed in aluminum, with the stainless steel Apple Watch starting at $549 for the 38mm model and $599 for the 42mm model. Prices range from $1,049 to $1,099 depending on which band you choose, but the real whopper is the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, which will only be available in select retail stores.
Preorders will begin as of April 10, though you're going to want to get a head start on all that if you can absolutely help it, given the fact that these are Apple products we're talking, and they tend to sell out in a heartbeat. People in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong will be able to purchase the watch. With the official release coming on April 24, you can preorder on the 10th, but you can go into Apple stores to try out the watch for yourself if you're still not totally sold on it.
Depending on which band you want, you'll spend anywhere in the neighborhood of $49 to $449 to choose what's right for you. This is only if you're going to want an extra band, and the sport bands are the cheapest you can get. They come in a variety of different colors, but if you want to upgrade from there you can get a stainless steel link bracelet and a variety of other options.
Apple Watches will work with standalone MagSafe chargers, which can run you $39 just to keep your device juiced up as well. You'll want to buy the 1m or 2m charger to make sure you've got power at all times to do the things you love.
Now that we've got a window into what the Apple Watch is actually going to run us and why, it should be a little easier to make a purchasing decision. Personally, I'll probably skip out on the Watch in its current state, especially with the high price tag. What do you think you'll end up doing?