There isn’t much more time to wait for the Apple Watch, which up until today was expected in “early 2015.” Apple will start shipping its watch on an unspecified date this April, it announced on Tuesday. That’s not early, nor late, but “right on schedule,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the announcement during a conference call to discuss Apple’s huge earnings.
Cook showed off the Apple Watch at a preview event in September where it also launched the larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. [company]Apple[/company] sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in the prior three months, with the handset line accounting for 68.6 percent of the company’s quarterly revenue.
Clearly, iPads and Macs put money in the bank for Apple as well but the phone brings in the lion’s share. Even if Apple Watch is a hit seller, with its $349 starting price, it won’t disrupt the iPhone’s importance to Apple; mainly because the Apple Watch is an accessory and requires an iPhone to work.
Even so, Apple is hoping for a hit that will help define the smartwatch market. It’s too early to tell if that will happen since we really don’t know everything the Apple Watch can do. The device has some health tracking functions, will support third-party apps, Apple Pay, actionable notifications from an iPhone and the viewing of pictures that you’ve favorited on your phone.
Between now and April then, expect to hear a bit more about what the Apple Watch will or won’t do, and then, perhaps be ready to stand in line.