Apple’s retail chief has given the clearest hint yet that the company’s Apple Watch will be out in spring 2015.
In a message to staff, Angela Ahrendts detailed the most specific timeframe yet for the wearable’s release, after Tim Cook said it would be available ‘early 2015’ when it was unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 way back in September.
Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, said: “We’re going into the holidays, we’re going into Chinese New Year and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.”
Spring suggests the Apple Watch could be landing at some time between March and May, a touch earlier the due date mooted by Ahrendts’ boss in his initial thoughts on the matter.
Previous reports have claimed that Apple would struggle to be ready for a Valentine’s Day release, having failed to build sufficient inventory for a release this side of Christmas.
Chinese New Year falls on February 19th, seemingly backing up those earlier claims.
The Apple Watch is due to come in a number of versions, with an entry level model priced $349 in the US. UK pricing is yet to be revealed.