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No surprise: Apple Watch bags 1M pre-orders on day one

No surprise: Apple Watch bags 1M pre-orders on day one

Despite some caveats and worries about supplies, it should come as a shock to no one except the hardest disbeliever that the Apple Watch did quite well on its very first day, at least as far as pre-orders are concerned. Sure, there might be a bit of incredulity, even perhaps shaking of heads, at the outcome, but this is Apple we're talking about. Although the company will most likely not release official numbers later on, research firm Slice Intelligence claims that almost 1 million pre-orders of the Apple Watch were made on Friday alone.

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Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

It seems to be a tradition with the release of each new Apple product, but is never more apparent than when the first generation of a device makes its debut. Of course, I'm talking about buying one the moment it becomes available and then selling it on eBay for a huge profit. Like each new iPhone and iPad that come in the years before, the Apple Watch does not disappoint in this regard. Apple's website was bombarded with pre-orders the moment they became available, and more than a few have ended up on eBay with high mark-up prices.

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This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

Miss out on pre-ordering the Apple Watch this week? Or did you, but can't expect your new wearable to arrive until sometime in June? Cure those Cupertino smartwatch blues with the Apple II Watch, and feel like you stepped out of an alternate dimension 1970s. That's right, you can actually wrap one of these around your wrist, assuming you're a DIY tech wizard with a lot of time on your hands. This custom creation comes from Instructables user Aleator777, and eschews a "digital crown" for a mini floppy disk drive!

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You can’t own an Apple Watch today

You can’t own an Apple Watch today

You can't actually own an Apple Watch today. While you might see a line at your local Apple Store, it's not a line for purchase. The news sources suggesting otherwise are wrong - here's the simple truth: today isn't Apple Watch sale day. It's Apple Watch try-on day. That's all you're going to be able to do. Unless you're Katy Perry, of course. Or if you're one of the lucky few Apple employees who have the Apple Watch already - they can wear it out of the store - but not you.

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Apple Watch still shipping, but you’ll wait until June to get it

Apple Watch still shipping, but you’ll wait until June to get it

If you slept on the Apple Watch launch, you’re probably going to need some morning coffee before you read this. While a lot of people were tucked away in bed during the Apple Watch overnight launch, some stayed up. Some waited up (or woke up early) to order their Apple Watch, and it’s causing some supply/demand issues. If you want to order your new wrist-bound wearable, you can. It’ll just take until June before you actually see it arrive at your house.

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Forget Apple Watch! This Netflix Watch is to die for

Forget Apple Watch! This Netflix Watch is to die for

Smartwatches have arrived in all shapes and sizes and have promised to help us accomplish a lot of things without having to fish out our smartphones from our bags or pockets, which could cost you at least 5 seconds of your life every time. With the arrival of the Apple Watch, that market is about to heat up even more. But for all the power and convenience these wearables have to offer, they fail at one critical use case: they won't let us watch Netflix comfortably. Luckily for us, Netflix is here with a smartwatch of its own.

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Apple Store is down! Get ready for the Apple Watch

Apple Store is down! Get ready for the Apple Watch

It is like the calm before the storm and has actually become the unofficial indicator that Apple is just about to put out something big. The Apple Store is down, which means something will be up once it's back. In this case, there is no secret. The Apple Watch is almost here and Cupertino is putting the final touches to its online store to be ready. And it better be, as the Apple Watch purchase process will be something quite new, especially for consumers, and Apple best be prepared for the oncoming online onslaught.

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Apple Watch Edition may be confined to 53 outlets globally

Apple Watch Edition may be confined to 53 outlets globally

The Apple Watch is coming, just like Winter. Unlike the bitter cold of winter, however, a lot more people are looking forward to it. But it seems that as we inch closer to that glorious hour, more and more of the fine print of the smartwatch's availability are being revealed. Supplies of the Apple Watch might not be able to keep up with the demand, so says Apple itself. If that wasn't bad enough, it seems that the already rare, because expensive, golden Apple Watch Edition might be even more limited, not just in supply but in location as well.

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Three Ultra-lux Apple Watch models you’ve not heard about

Three Ultra-lux Apple Watch models you’ve not heard about

Luxury enhancement group Goldgenie have taken it upon themselves to stack even the most expensive models of the Apple Watch with platinum, crystals, and/or diamonds. Not only have they enhanced the Apple Watch Edition with enough ice to freeze your entire body, they've also taken the standard Stainless Steel Apple Watch to the gold drop shop, embellishing it with their own mixes of 24k Gold, Rose Gold, or Platinum. These models are not for the faint of heart. They're for those with very deep pockets, and an eye for the dazzling.

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Android Wear for iPhone tipped near (but will Apple allow it?)

Android Wear for iPhone tipped near (but will Apple allow it?)

Google is reportedly putting the final touches to an Android Wear app for iPhone, which would - if it ever sees the light of day - allow smartwatches running the OS to hook up to Apple's hardware. Currently, the two major smartwatch platforms, Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch, are platform-specific, forcing potential users to switch their phone OS of choice if they want a device intended for the other ecosystem. Google's strategy, ongoing leaks indicate, is to bypass that decision, though that's assuming Apple plays ball.

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