The Californian tech giant is finishing up work on its Watch’s software, and sources familiar with the matter claim that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March.
Apple has previously kept silent about a release date for the higly expected Apple Watch, saying simply ‘early 2015’ upon its unveiling at the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September last year.
The device will start shipping by the end of March, while retail staff will receive training in how to use and sell the product from mid-February, sources told reporters.
“The wearable will come in three versions; the Apple Watch Sport in silver or space grey aluminium, the standard Apple Watch in stainless steel, and the luxury Watch Edition, available in rose or yellow 18 carat gold developed to be up to twice as hard as standard gold. Each model will be available in two sizes – 38 mm and 42 mm,” The Telegraph discloses.
“Users will navigate the interface using a traditional looking side-winder, called a Digital Crown, instead of Apple’s favoured pinch-to-display technology made famous by the iPhone. Rotating the Crown allows the wearer to zoom in and out, as well as scroll and navigate. It will also serve as a form of home button, and point of activation for digital assistant Siri,” the publication adds.
The Californian company believes that it will change the way we communicate by sending and receiving messages, answering calls made to your iPhone, and sharing personalised health information.
During the announcement, company chief executive Tim Cook said the AppleWatch, designed by Sir Jony Ive, was the “most personal device we’ve ever created”.
“It’s amazing what you can do from your wrist,” he quipped. “We are so excited about Apple Watch, and I hope you are as well.”
Apple’s market share expanded globally in many countries, except Japan, over the past three months ending in November. U.S. sales increased by 4.3% with the laters Apple’s product – the iPhone 6 – became the best-selling phone domestically. Android sales, however, slackened over the same period.
“While remaining the dominant global OS, Android’s market share dropped in most European markets and in the U.S.,” said Kantar Worldpanel’s chief of research Carolina Milanesi.
In China, however, Android continued to dominate with 80.4% market share.
“The wide variety of products offered by local manufacturers continues to push Android’s share”, said Tamsin Timpson, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. “Xiaomi remains the biggest contributor to Android’s success as it averaged 30.2% of sales in the three months ending in November, an astonishing 18 percentage point rise over 2013”, added Timpson.
“While die-hard featurephone owners state they are not planning to buy a smartphone in the next 12 months, they might not have a choice as vendors continue to transition their portfolio away from featurephones to smartphones”, concluded Milanesi.
Forty-seven percent of featurephones owners are willing to change their current device in the next 6 months in the US and 35% across Europe top 5 are not planning to upgrade to a smartphone.