Estimated Apple Watch Shipping Date 1 Reply June!! Really? – manzoor Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kate Gladstone
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Subject: Why Apple Watch is making me cry
When Apple Watch was announced for an April 24th launch, my husband joyfully showed me the announcement and asked if I’d welcome the Apple Watch for a “slightly belated birthday present.” (My birthday — March 19 — was speedily approaching.)
Well, of course I decided I could wait a little longer than my actual birthday; I am a long-time Apple user (converted to Apple by my husband, in fact, before he eventuslly sighed, went back to Windows, and traded in our Mac for a Toshiba. I remain a happy user of my iPad and iPhone.)
So, I waited … and looked for pre-order joy on April 10, particularly since I had a 1-800-MY-APPLE coupon for $100 off any purchase that was over $300 — as long as the order was placed by phone (the coupon had been granted me by Apple Customer Service, not long before after a particularly grueling span of bad Apple Tech Support experiences and escalations). Given that this was a “phone only” coupon, of course, I was okay with the fact that this meant my order would have to be at 7 AM EST (4 AM PST for Apple’s headquarters) when the phone lines open, instead of four hours earlier when the Apple Watch pre-orders would actuslly launch on-line …
… but i’m no child; I can live with that. I’m a big girl; I didn’t expect, therefore, to get the earliest ship-date and gratify my long-standing Apple Watch passion on April 24 … further, I knew I was lucky that Apple was NOT “sold out” of my chosen model (42mm Sport, black band) because that’s what a full 30% of us Watch-awaiters have decided on …
… so, sure, I would have been prepared to settle, oh, for a green band if the black ones were all sold out by the time the phone-lines opened … but to settle for JUNE? Oh, I gritted my teeth and placed the order: funing anf cussing over not just a screamingly late date, but one so uncommunicatively vague that it barely even qualifies as a “date” at all (since no actual _date_ in June was specified, or even hinted at. What’s UP with a thirty-day window of imprecisiom from a company that sells prrecion electronic equipment, including watches?,)
What makes things worse, about this June-but-nobody-knows-a-date-IN-June stuff, is that early in June I’ll be on the road — presenting at an education-and-disabilites conference where I’d been sure I’d have /a/ the zillion benefits of the Apple Watch and /b/ the fun of having it noticed. I have NO way of knowing whether, at that time, my Apple Watch will be /a/ on my wrist where it belongs, or /b/ still in the warehouse or the factory, or /c/ fruitlessly trying to make its way towards my shipping address while I am 1500 miles away, constantly pulling out my iPhone as I go between the convention center and the hotel: both places where I COULD benefit from my Apple Watch, but neither of them a place where I can expect Apple or FedEx to deliver, even if I get to know that the shipment is in progress: IF it is … maybe …)
For an Apple Watch at ANY time in April — even in May, given that I ordered a full four hours later than the earliest “early birds” — putting up with delays and inconveniences had made sense.
Apple isn’t magic, after all — hey, I’d already resolved to put up with a quick-dying battery and non-waterproof construction: features that I would NOT accept in any other watch costing the same list price (or even the $100-lower price that my phone-in discount provided). So I wouldn’t have blinked if the projected ship date had been, oh, a week or even ten days later than the “April 24” that Apple had so powerfully been publicized to everyone, evverywhere, who had even HEARD of the Apple Watch …
… and I would not have been quite so upset if, at the very least, the oops-we’re-late correction (June) had come with a number hung on it (June 1, June 30, or anything else to tell me when to expect it, and therefore what plans I need to make in order to finally let the watch and me intersect in space-time).
I still want my Apple Watch.
I still look forward to getting it on my wrist.
But — every time I look at it (or listen to it, or get its taptic feedback) —
I wonder if I’ll feel as nervous and betrayed as I do now:.
Every time I fasten the band, will I feel ridiculous over having trusted a computer company — now a watch company — that’s vague on dates?