When Apple announced the Apple Watch last year along with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was vague about the release date of the smartwatch and only mentioned that it will be arriving early 2015. A new report on 9To5Mac claims that Apple is getting ready to launch the Apple Watch as soon as March and is going to begin retail training for its Apple store employees by the middle of next month.
Sources close to Apple have told 9To5Mac that Apple is almost done with the Apple Watch software and expects the first shipment to arrive in US by the end of March. To prepare its retail staff for the Apple Watch sales, Apple will be conducting an extensive training program by next month. One or two representatives from each Apple Store in US will be trained by Apple in its offices at Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to familiarize them with the smartwatch. The training is reportedly scheduled between February 9th and February 16th. These representatives will then return to their respective Apple Stores and train other staff members at the store before the Apple Watch is released. Apple has reportedly been working on optimizing the battery on the smartwatch and improving the inductive charging mechanism to charge the Apple Watch every night.
As revealed by Apple during its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch event, the Apple Watch will come in three collections – standard, sport and edition. Apple Watch prices in the US are expected to start from $349 and go up to thousands of dollars for the gold version of the smartwatch. The base $349 pricing is for the metal and glass sport model. A number of straps and outer casings will also be available at launch. Pricing and availability details for other markets such as Europe and Asia still remain a mystery for now.