Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Your Guide to Trying on, Ordering Apple Watch

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Your Guide to Trying on, Ordering Apple Watch

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NEW YORK | Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.

The smartwatch is Apple's first new product category in five years and comes in 54 configurations -- more than any other Apple gadget. So starting Friday, Apple stores will have staff trained to help you choose. You'll then have to place your order for shipping starting April 24. Even after that date, there's no walking in and walking out with a watch.

Of course, you can bypass all this by ordering online.

No smartwatch has gotten as much attention as the Apple Watch, given Apple's devoted fan base and the company's knack for designing products consumers can't live without. By insisting on customers ordering ahead of time, Apple says it can "provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can."

Prices range from $349 to $17,000 depending on the watch case, band and size. A standard model with the cheapest band costs $549 for the 38-millimeter model and $599 for the 42-millimeter version, as measured on the watch face from top to bottom.

Here's what you need to know about buying one.

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ORDERING ONLINE

If you know the specific configuration you want, you're best off ordering it online, starting at 12:01 a.m. PDT Friday (3:01 a.m. EDT). They will start to ship on April 24. Popular models might not be available right away if you're not among the first to order. Your watch will get shipped to you. There won't be an in-store pick-up option.

Besides the United States, the watch is available to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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VISITING A STORE

Starting Friday, Apple Store staff will be able to help you choose from the array of options. Apple recommends that you make a reservation to see a sales representative. Apple will start taking reservations through its website at 12:01 a.m. PDT Friday as well. Appointments will be in 15-minute increments, though you can take more time at the store if needed. You might be able to walk in and try one out, but initially there will likely be a long wait.

Once you choose, you'll still need to place the order online, though you can do that at a Web terminal inside the store. …

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