If you’re thinking about buying an Apple Watch, but don’t know what size to get or what model, you can schedule a try-on appointment at a local Apple Store to get a better idea of what you want.
Apple announced the Apple Watch back in September at its iPhone 6 event and will officially release the device on April 24. There will be three different models of the Apple Watch with prices starting at $349 for the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, and then the stainless steel Apple Watch starting at $549, with the gold Apple Watch Edition priced at $10,000.
Unfortunately, if you were planning to go to the Apple Store to pre-order an Apple Watch, you’ll need to rethink your strategy, as Apple has confirmed that you will only be able to pre-order the Apple Watch online.
In a press release, Apple confirmed that you will only be able to come into an Apple Store to try on the Apple Watch and find a size that works for you. You won’t be able to pre-order the device in-store, unfortunately. The company says that this will only be the case during the “initial launch period,” however long that may be, as no timeline was provided.
The reason for online-only orders is that Apple expects “strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch.” That’s not too surprising, as many of Apple’s products have seen incredibly high demand on launch day, including the iPhone.
If you’re not sure what size of Apple Watch to get or what style, here’s how to set up an in-store appointment online.
Set Up an Apple Watch Appointment
To get started with setting up an Apple Watch appointment at your local App Store, head to Apple’s website. You’ll start by selecting your state and then the closest store near you. Be aware that depending on where you live, the nearest Apple Store may be a couple of hours away.
The next page will list a handful of the nearest stores (even though you select a specific store on the previous page). In any case, this page will show you a list of stores, as well as availability of the different Apple Watch models, including the gold Apple Watch Edition.
Click on View available times next to the closest Apple Store on the list. From there, you’ll need to log in using your Apple ID credentials.
Next, you’ll get a selection of days and times to choose from. You can schedule an early morning, morning, afternoon, or evening appointment, but most likely all early morning appointments will be taken up already.
Click on a time of day and you’ll then see a list of specific times that you can schedule an appointment for. Select a time that works for you and then click on Schedule Appointment.
From there, you’ll be all set and you can then walk into the Apple Store to try on the Apple Watch and find a style and size that works for you. Once you’re ready to order, you can go back onto Apple’s website and pre-order the Apple Watch.
The device will officially release on April 24, with shipments hopefully arriving that day for those who pre-ordered. Otherwise, you can try to find one in-store, or wait it out by ordering online.