After months of speculations and rumors, Apple confirms the official release of its first wearable device, Apple Watch. Putting an end to the vague early 2015, Tim Cook finally paves the way forward for the Watch.
Update [10-March-2015]: “The pre-order of Apple Watch starts from 10th of April. And, the Watch will ship from 24th of April.” Tim Cook announced at the Spring Forward media event held at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
“Development of Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping from April,” Tim Cook said. During the announcement of the earnings report of the first fiscal quarter of 2015, he shared plenty of important details regarding the Watch as well as the unprecedented success that the company has made in the wake of record-breaking sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The CEO said that the Apple Watch has some amazing apps. He also said that he couldn’t live without the watch thanks to its great utility. “My expectations are very high on it. I’m using it every day and love it and can’t live without it.” He added.
It had been reported for some time that the Watch might start shipping from as early as March. There is no confirmation as yet about the battery life of the Apple Watch.
According to media reports, the battery life of the watch might last 19 hours with mixed active and passive use. Roughly, it might provide 2.5 to 4 hours of active use.
The Watch will come in three varieties, Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. And it might ship with a base price of $349.
The earnings report revealed that 74. A million iPhones were sold in the first fiscal quarter of 2015. iPhone 6 outclassed iPhone 6 Plus as far as selling is concerned. “Obviously to sell 74.5 million devices, they were all popular. Both did incredibly well. We are really proud of them along with iPhone 5S and 5C.” Cook said.
According to Cook, there is a clear geographical preference for the choice of iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6 Plus has been more preferred in Asian countries.
iPhones have contributed a whopping 69% of the total revenue, $74.6B, which Apple has made in this fiscal quarter.