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Apple Watch coming in April, still extremely expensive

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Apple has dawdled when it comes to producing their very own, gimmicky smart watch. So many other companies already have a few iterations out on the market, but Apple has seemingly waited until they felt the accessory was more of a necessity. That wait is coming to a close soon, with Tim Cook revealing that the first Apple Watches will ship in April.

That a little later than the “early 2015” window suggested last year, but at least it’s not being delayed any further. Unsurprisingly, Apple works in three segments of four months every year; unlike the rest of the world that likes to keep things standard and work in quarters. So the Apple Watch, the company’s first new device since 2010, still falls within Apple’s definition or early in the year.

It’s also the first time the company has spoken about the smart watch since the reveal last year. Not much has changed since then either. There are still three versions of the Apple Watch: Explorer, Sport and Explorer premium. The sport variant caters for active fitness users by incorporating a rubber strap, with the Explorer channels a more traditional leather or metal strap. The Premium Edition encrusts all of this in gold, so it’s not hard to imagine that one in particular raising the price roof astronomically.

As for the far more regular ones, the Apple Watch will start at a rather high $349, presumably for the Sport Edition. That’s probably going to put the watch in the region of R4500-R6000 locally, if any other recent imports are anything to go buy. It’s also nearly the same price as a new PS4 and Xbox One overseas, if you needed any perspective.

Don’t get me wrong, I want an Apple Watch, but I don’t think I need one. In fact, I think smart watches in general haven’t reached a point where they’re actually necessary, but rather just a nice, over priced accessory. But hey, Apple just made $18 billion in their last quarter; what do I know?

Last Updated: January 28, 2015

42 Comments

  1. Seriously… Was anyone surprised by the price?

    They have been selling low end devices for high prices since the start.

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    • z1n

      January 28, 2015 at 10:36

      How dare you call my Apple iThing a low end device! It’s the best high-end paperweight I’ve ever owned.

      Reply

  2. Ghost In The Rift

    January 28, 2015 at 10:06

    I will never wear a piece of tech that is priced over 4000 grand on my wrist, fools wont care in the world to chop of your hand for that piece of overpriced tech…

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 28, 2015 at 10:07

      Best part is they want to bring in finger print scanning on ATM machines…

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 28, 2015 at 10:08

        Oh shit….well better get me some chain-mail for my hands!

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  3. Quo Vadis?

    January 28, 2015 at 10:07

    Everything Apple is expensive. If they were to make stationary, it would be expensive.
    Paperclip at CNA – R10 per box.
    Apple paperclip – R10 each. Because, Apple.

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 28, 2015 at 10:10

      The worst???

      Apple toilet paper, 30 bucks a roll and its still 1 ply…XD

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        January 28, 2015 at 10:23

        And needs a special toilet roll holder as it won’t fit the standard toilet side holders

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 28, 2015 at 10:25

          LOL and do you need to flash the holder?

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          • z1n

            January 28, 2015 at 10:27

            Flash is not supported obviously. You need an HTML holder.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 28, 2015 at 10:30

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  4. Hammersteyn

    January 28, 2015 at 10:09

    It’s not necessarily smart people that buys smart watches.

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    • z1n

      January 28, 2015 at 10:23

      The same people that buy a R5k Rolex or Omega will probably buy this kinda stuff. You don’t have to be smart to be rich.

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      • Quo Vadis?

        January 28, 2015 at 10:40

        You actually get Rolex/ Omega for R5k? o_O

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        • z1n

          January 28, 2015 at 10:48

          No idea actually. I’m not wealthy enough to even subscribe to the Omega price list. It was just a random example thumbsuck.

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          • Quo Vadis?

            January 28, 2015 at 10:56

            You and me both, buddy :'(

    • oVg elfroot slayer

      January 28, 2015 at 15:32

      Remember those old school Casio watches that were waterproof 50 meters? I have still not met a single person who has swum 50 meters under water 😛

      Or G-Shock? No point after you have falling off a 50 story building.

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 28, 2015 at 15:39

        Rofl

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  5. hairyknees

    January 28, 2015 at 10:13

    Smart watches are the dumbest tech trend ever -_- same as curved devices.

    OMG CHECK MY SLIGHTLY CURVED PHONE AND TV COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Ottokie

    January 28, 2015 at 10:14

    Apple watch or an Indiestation 4… hard choices this year

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  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 28, 2015 at 10:17

    Far too pricey for me, I’ll be supporting the Chinese with their insanely inexpensive iWatch knockoffs.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 28, 2015 at 10:19

      Apparently they call it banana instead of apple 😛

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 28, 2015 at 10:20

        iBananananana!

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 28, 2015 at 10:24

          BATMAN!!!

          Reply

  8. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 28, 2015 at 10:19

    Do you know why apple made 18billion in their last quarter?

    Here’s why: Businesses have been done in.

    Why you ask? Why, it’s simple!

    All new MacbookPros and desktop Macs are standardised. If you want more RAM or a larger HDD than the default you have to request to have the machine built to spec. Once this built to spec machine arrives it’s all fine and dandy until something breaks or you realise you need a larger HDD.

    As an example, our one MacbookPro ran out of disc space as it came default with only a 500GB HDD. Upon investigation you realise the drive has to be replaced with a Apple Flash HDD and no other SSD as the drive dimensions and connectors is different to the default drive specs of today’s SSD’s.

    How much is a 1TB Mac Flash HDD you ask? Well R20k+ depending on your supplier.

    This is why they made so much because businesses (Creative ones mostly) get shafted with exorbatant prices for replacement parts on machines that can’t actually be changed after being built (Oh yes, that point, you can’t even replace RAM on a Mac anymore if you buy new. You have to replace the whole machine or main board. How messed up is that?)

    I feel this is disgusting business practice.

    /rant

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 28, 2015 at 10:20

      MOAR Upvotes!

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  9. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 28, 2015 at 10:21

    Also smart watches are not and I bet will never be, a necessity

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    • hairyknees

      January 28, 2015 at 10:21

      AMEN

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      • z1n

        January 28, 2015 at 10:25

        Neither are normal watches a necessity though. I can tell the time by looking at my rather multifunctional mobile phone device thingy, or by looking at the wall clock, or my pc.

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 28, 2015 at 10:28

          or even the sun if its day time…XD

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          • z1n

            January 28, 2015 at 10:29

            Just hold on let me go outside and look at the sun. I think my pc’s time is wrong.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 28, 2015 at 11:25

            And?!?!XD

          • z1n

            January 28, 2015 at 11:29

            Well I can’t see the sun for some reason. Overcast in Durban. I guess I can’t set my time and so I can use the same excuse for being late for work tomorrow! WIN

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 28, 2015 at 14:32

            LOL dude

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 28, 2015 at 14:32

            LOL dude

        • cr1t

          January 28, 2015 at 11:27

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 28, 2015 at 10:37

      Pity I can only upvote your comment once.

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    • RinceThis

      January 28, 2015 at 10:48

      Agreed, not when you have a cell!

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  10. RinceThis

    January 28, 2015 at 10:47

    And da hipsters in da house say HEEELL YEAAHH!

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  11. Mossel

    January 28, 2015 at 11:34

    Until it is possible to play music with my watch and send it wirelessly to my earphones, I don’t see the point.

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  12. Norlogs

    January 28, 2015 at 11:45

    And here I was going to order it :/ maybe I’ll rethink if the price is over 400€

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  13. Axon1988

    January 28, 2015 at 13:40

    I don’t see the point. Never for that price. If you want to get one, then please throw common sense out the window and do so! Just leave me out of it.

    Reply

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