Preorders for Apple Watch are set to begin on Friday, April 10. That is also the day Apple will begin allowing would-be customers to try on one of the devices at one of the company’s retail stores. Those tryouts won’t require an appointment, as once believed, according to 9to5Mac.
The site has confirmed that appointments won’t be necessary, though they will be accepted. In other words, walk-ins are fine, although that could be a slow process.
According to an internal Apple memo to retail store employees:
…appointments can be made online or through the Apple Store app— they’re recommended, but not necessary. Customers who come to your store without one will be taken care of…
Our advice: Make an appointment if you really need to try on a device before making a purchase. Otherwise, you’ll probably need to stand in line for a while, especially during the two weekends ahead of the official Apple Watch launch on April 24.
I plan on making my Apple Watch purchase online once preorders are accepted. I’ll return it to the store, only if necessary. I’d rather avoid the crowds.
Apple Watch will be available for preorder beginning April 10 through the Apple Online Store in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States. Two weeks later, on April 24, Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the same locations.
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