Apple Watch sold out in minutes; didn’t preorder in time, how’s June sound?

“Consumers who weren’t ready to to order at exactly 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on Friday have missed their opportunity to receive an Apple Watch on launch day, as every model is now unavailable until at least mid-May,” AppleInsider reports.

“Apple Watch Sport was the first to go, with delivery times slipping to ‘4-6 Weeks’ less than 5 minutes after pre-orders opened in some locations,’ AppleInsider reports. “Stainless steel models quickly followed, though some of the more expensive versions remained available for launch day delivery for over an hour.”

AppleInsider reports, “Lending credence to word of supply constraints, Apple also shipped apparently buggy versions to advance reviewers, promising that new software would address many of their issues before consumers receive the devices, an extraordinarily unusual move for the company.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watches are going to make some a pretty penny on eBay et al.

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30 Comments

  1. Almost every model now shows “June” as the “Available to ship” date. The one exception I see is the larger black steel model with black link bracelet, which shows “July.” (And the one I see that still shows “4-6 weeks” is the smaller shiny steel model with link bracelet.)

    I think Apple surpassed Gene’s 300,000 prediction. 🙂

    1. I am still hanging on to the hope that Apple will finally announce the new Apple big screen TV in the next couple of weeks. I know it is coming, I feel it in my heart! (Maybe that is just the lump in my throat from eating crow.)

    2. Gene Munster’s lowball sales forecast for the new Watch was just petulant, I thought. I wondered if he did it to spite Apple for repeatedly neglecting to fulfill his Television predictions. He’s a punch line because of those, now he’ll look even sillier.

    3. MarketWatch has a headline saying the watch didn’t sellout because of great demand, but because of poor supply. This theory is originating from Gene Munster because he believes the ship dates didn’t continue to slip throughout the day because of weak demand.

      So my question is, does Gene think there are millions and millions ordering throughout the entire first day? The obvious answer is no, there is one massive rush for the first hour of pre-orders and then demand slows. Let’s say 5-10 million orders were placed in the first hour and the dates got pushed into June or later. Apparently, he believes this same ordering rush should continue throughout the day, pushing times into July for all configurations.

      Because of this flawlogic his initial estimate still remains at 1 million for the weekend and 2.3 million for the quarter.

      1. It should also be noted that at least one Apple-centric rumor website was overloaded as soon as pre-orders began. The only other time I have seen this particular site overloaded was during the September pre-order of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

        In addition, during the first hour of that September pre order there was approximately 360 comments mainly discussing the type of iPhones people had ordered and delivery dates. During this Apple Watch preorder there were over 420 comments in the first hour.

        It is conceivable that the initial pre-order demand was near to or slightly below the iPhone demand and that is stupendous.

      2. It’s also foolish to think it’s “linear.” Apple obviously has an initial stockpile. But ongoing Apple Watch production continues. Based on results of the pre-order period, Apple will more precisely know the proper ratio of watch and band types to produce. Production will be ramped accordingly.

        Therefore, Apple Watch production rate will be higher in May compared to April, and higher in June compared to May. The shown availability date takes this increasing production rate into account. Gene’s mental processing apparently does not.

    1. “Off the hook” sounds like an expression more befitting iPhone 6 sales.

      For Apple Watch, Tim should have said sales “were in another time zone”!

  2. Great about the Apple Watch regarding orders being pushed back to mid-May for fulfillment.

    Now can we get back to whatever happened to those iPad Pro 12″ screen rumors now?

  3. This is a little embarrassing — but I had a rare set of mid-week beers with some friends last night and actually went to sleep before midnight. Woke up this morning and was like, “Ah, crap.”

    Placed my order ASAP but got the 4-6 weeks and mid-May delivery estimate. Dang.

    So kids, let that be a lesson to you: Don’t let your friends drink and order Apple products.

  4. The thing that did me in and I got a June Watch delivery date was time wasted also having to order the new MacBook. I shoulda ordered the Watch first and gone back to order the MacBook after the first more time sensitive transaction. Lesson learned. Unfortunate these went on sale at the same time.

    1. The trick as to have everything ready in your favorites section of your Account pane. You could have had the MacBook in your favorites pane ready with the configure you wanted in seconds had you planned ahead. My friend who I tried to warn about preparing the Apple Store app, failed to prepare and then discovered his shipping address wasn’t set in his account section which took him an extra minute to fill in. That small lack of preparation cost him almost a MONTH in delivery time. Instead of April 24-May 8 like I got, he got May 13-27. 😱😰😳😁⌚️😂

      1. Yep, I had a black Sport with black band, and a Stainless with black sport band in my favorites – I ordered and checked out on the Sport first (got 4/24 – 5/8 delivery). I used Apple Pay to check out from the iPhone app – way fast! The confirmation email came in as I went to buy the Steel one. Got that checked out with the same delivery range. Hopefully, both will arrive on the 24th!

      2. I ordered my Space Black 42mm at 12:02 PDT (email confirmation at 12:04 PDT) and got a May 13-27 delivery date. It’s hard to imagine that the ENTIRE stock of Space Black 42mm sold out in less than 1 minute. I have a feeling that there are VERY few actually available on April 24 and the rest will fill in throughout May and June. I am a little disappointed in the delivery date ploy Apple is using.

        1. Yeah, I wondered what was up too. I had a Stainless 42mm with Link Bracelet favourited and ready to go. Order completed at 12:02 PT and email at 12:03 with shipping date of 13 – 26 May. Seems a little odd to me that the entire stock was gone in those 2 minutes.

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