Apple Watch to arrive only after Chinese New Year, says report

Apple Watch to arrive only after Chinese New Year, says report

SINGAPORE - The Apple Watch, which Tim Cook teased with an "early 2015" launch date when it was unveiled in September, is slated to appear in stores only after Chinese New Year, according to a report in 9to5Mac.com.

According to a transcript of a video message from Apple's senior vice-president of retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts, to retail employees, the watch launch is "coming in spring".

9to5Mac said that the transcript was provided "by a source".

In the transcript, Ahrendts told employees: "We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in spring."

To date, Apple has not indicated a day or even the month that the device will ship. "Early 2015" was the only indication it had provided so far.

Chinese New Year falls on Feb 19 next year, while spring in the northen hemisphere starts on Mar 20.

It looks likely that the Apple Watch will not make it in time for Valentine's Day, said 9to5Mac. So don't hold your breath thinking that your significant other will be gifting the watch together with chocolate.

Microsoft launched the "Microsoft Band" wrist-worn device last week with "limited quantities" available from Oct 30.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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