If you’ve got your heart set on an Apple Watch, be prepared to pay some of the highest prices in the wearables universe when you pre-order on 10 April. The absolute cheapest model — the 38mm anodised aluminium Sport model — costs $499, and you’ll pay another $80 more if you need the 42mm version for your largish wrist.
The sweet-spot Apple Watch, made of a stainless steel that’s apparently 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, leaps up to $799 for the 38mm model with Apple’s most pedestrian wrist band, and tops out at $1629 for 38mm versions with high-end fashion bracelets. Add another $80 to all these iterations if you have a wrist that requires a 42mm watch case.
But, hey, all the rumours of a US$20,000 Apple Watch Edition proved untrue. On Tuesday (Australia time), Tim Cook told us this 18-carat gold version will sell for just $14,000. You’ll only be able to buy the Edition at select retail stores, but hey, that’s exclusivity for you.
Pre-orders begin on 10 April, and on that day you’ll also be able to check out Apple Watch for yourself in Apple Stores. The watches themselves will begin shipping on 24 April. And thus begins the grand reset of wearable tech. Many smartwatches have proceeded Apple Watch, but this is the wearable that’s best poised to validate wrist computers among mainstream consumers.