Don’t plan on attempting to reserve two or more Apple Watches come April 10, because according to a recent report, this isn’t something Apple is going to allow.
Instead, reservations for the incoming smartwatch are said to be limited to one per customer, MacRumors has learnt. Plus, in countries including the United States, the rules on collecting a reserved Apple Watch are said to be pretty strict. “Customers in the United States and other launch countries will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup at the Apple Store where they placed their Apple Watch reservation, and only the person named on the reservation will be allowed to pick up the product,” the report explains. As such, it’s not going to be possible to reserve one of the smartwatches and send a family member or friend to pick it up for you.
So far, Cupertino’s reservation limit has been confirmed for the United States and the United Kingdom, and it’ll likely be in place for the remaining Apple Watch launch countries. Apple Watch reservations for in-store pickup can be made from this Friday (April 10), the same day preorders for the smartwatch open on the Apple Online Store.
Significantly, however, there seems to be no limit (at least, not yet) on Apple Watch preorders, meaning customers would, in theory, be free to place a preorder for two or more smartwatches come Friday. Though, as with all of the above, this could change ahead of April 10.
Apple’s reservation rules suggest that supplies of the Apple Watch are going to be limited on launch day. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the smartwatch will be in short supply once it reaches Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store; rather, a report last month noted that certain Apple Watch variants will be harder to come by than new iPhone models have been in previous years. Given the range of Apple Watch combinations available to customers, this is no surprise.
Prices for the Apple Watch start at $349 and climb as high as $17,000. Preorders for the wearable begin this Friday, April 10, at 12:01 a.m. PDT.