Apple Watch hits stores, but wait times stretch to summerOnline orders are backed up for Apple's smartwatch - but you don't need to wait to try one on. Bridget Carey checks out the Apple Watch fitting process inside the flagship New York store.
It's here finally the day you can touch an Apple watch but not yet take it home. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] If you have not yet ordered an Apple Watch, you may have to wait until this Summer to own one. On Friday, Apple began taking pre-orders for its first smart watch and supply went so fast that, within an hour, the delivery date was pushed to May and June for some models. The first orders will be delivered in two weeks on Friday, April 24th. But if you want to feel it for yourself before the launch, the watches are now on display at stores around the world for you to try on. I stopped by the New York City flagship Apple store on 5th Avenue to see the city and experience firsthand. Very few people were lined up outside to get appointments when the store opened at 9:00 am. Some were up at 3 a.m. ordering our line and came by to touch and feel what they just paid for. Others were Apple fans that didn't preorder, but stopped by out of curiosity to see them in person. In the case of this 16-year-old on spring break trying it on, convinced him to preorder right there with an employee at the store. You can make an appointment for a sitting online or by walking into. Store. If you want to try on the luxury $10,000 gold edition model, keep in mind that not all stores carry it, so check ahead online. The fitting gives you a chance to see what the different bands are like, but the watch itself will loop a demo and you can feel the tactic feedback. This is not a buzz like a phone vibration, but it really feels like a tiny tapping on your wrist. I tried on the mid-range stainless steel Apple Watch 38 millimeter size with a pink modern buckle strap. The total price $750. I also tried on the same model will a Milanese loop strap that's $650. Now both felt comfortable around my tiny wrist, and certainly getting it on your wrist makes it so tempting to order one right there. The process is very personalized, like picking out jewelry. Even if you don't have an appointment to try it on, you can still see what the watch is like in stores with demo models that are affixed to tables. You can't take it off the table, but you can scroll through the screens at your own pace. The experiences were similar around the globe. The first stores to offer fittings were in Australia, and in London and France, some high-end department stores have special Apple sections next to other luxury watch brands, like The Gallery's LaFayette in Paris and Selfriges in London is the non-Apple shop in the UK where it can be. On Friday Apple also began taking orders for the new ultra thin gold colored Macbook, which starts at thirteen hundred dollars. Not long after going on sale the wait time for delivery for a gold model was pushed 3-4 weeks. But silver and space gray were ready to ship with in one to three business days. That's your Tech News Update. For more, you can head to www.cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]