Apple Watch slated for March launch
Sources tell 9to5Mac that retail training will begin mid-February
The upcoming Apple Watch is rumoured to ship in the United States by the end of March, according to a report published on 9to5Mac.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report said that Apple is currently making final adjustments to the Watch's new software, Watch OS, and that the device will be ready by March. The leak seems to have come from the company's retail side, as retail employees are expected to begin training on the Watch in mid-February.
According to the report, one or two managers from each retail store will be flown to Cupertino for hands-on training with the Watch, before going back to their respective stores to provide training for on-the-ground staff. These employees will receive their training in the days leading up to the official launch, the report claimed.
Apple has so far made ambiguous comments on when the Watch will be released. When the device was unveiled in September, Apple said that it would be made available in early 2015. Later, the company's senior vice president of retail, Angela Ahrendts, said that the device would launch in the spring.
Apple has not commented on this latest launch rumour.
Little is known about Apple's plans for releases outside of the US, either. If the Watch is ready in the US by the end of March, it may take a little while longer to reach the Middle East. That said, it is possible that the UAE will get the Watch around the same time as the US, given that Apple's first retail store in the region will reportedly be open by February - presumably Apple will want to highlight its new retail presence by showcasing its latest products.
Either way, barring any last-minute disasters with Watch OS, it seems the Apple Watch release date is fast-approaching, even if we don't know exactly when it will be.