THE APPLE WATCH will go on sale later than expected in April this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed.
Cook finally coughed on a release date for the company's debut wearable during Apple's earnings call on Tuesday, when the firm announced record iPhone sales of 74.5 million for the first quarter.
"Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule and we expect to begin shipping in April," Cook said, debunking speculation that the smartwatch would arrive on the shelves in March.
"Developers are hard at work on apps, notifications and information summaries that we call Glances, all designed specifically for the Watch's user interface.
"The creativity and software innovation going on around Apple Watch is incredibly exciting and we can’t wait for our customers to experience them when Apple Watch becomes available."
Cook did not reveal any new pricing details for the Apple Watch beyond the "starting at $349" we heard in September.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cook didn't mention the battery life of the Apple Watch, despite reports last week claiming that the device could last a mere 2.5 hours with "heavy application use".
The report, via 9to5Mac, also revealed that Apple Watch wearers are likely to see around 3.5 hours for standard application use, which includes using the clock-face display, and four hours when tracking fitness. The watch is likely to keep chugging for three to four days in standby mode.
The report claims that Apple is "shooting for roughly 19 hours of mixed use a day", i.e. a combination of active and passive use.
Check out our Apple Watch release date, price and specs roundup. µ
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