Apple’s first wearable won’t just be available in the U.S. next month. Speaking at a Berlin Apple store last week, via 9to5Mac, Tim Cook apparently said the company’s smartwatch will also launch in other markets around the globe next month, specifically mentioning Germany (that’s no real surprise; the man was in Berlin when he said it).
Tim Cook didn’t provide an exact timeframe for availability, though specifics will likely be revealed at Apple’s event on March 9. The Apple Watch has garnered a lot of attention since its announcement last year, and a lot of people will be waiting to see how/if the device changes the wearable landscape. An aggressive rollout was always going to be part of the company’s plans, especially if it wants to make an impact with its first wearable.
Other potential launch markets in April may include Australia, France and the United Kingdom. Reports have claimed Apple is preparing popup shops across Europe dedicated specifically to the Apple Watch, signaling the kind of push the wearable will get when it launches next month.
As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has historically launched major first-gem products in the U.S. first—e.g. iPhone and iPad—followed by a wider release weeks later. A report from last week claimed Apple has been aiming for an early April Apple Watch release, which could mean the wearable will launch in other markets in mid- to later April.
We should find out all the final details next week, along with further pricing details.