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Got Your Apple Watch® Yet ?
That's the CEO of Apple there in the picture, Tim Cook. They've been doing this for decades. Every time Apple rolls out a new product, their CEO appears on a stage and gets his picture in all the papers. As I understand the story, he was rolling out some other piece of iCrap® and at the end said, "One more thing," and then showed off the watch. (Ooooo ... wasn't that cool ?) The roll-out, and the fawning media coverage, usually has the whole Apple brand-tribe panting, "When does it ship ?" And then they go camp out at the Apple Store® in order to be the first on their block to own the new toy. The campers are known as early adopters and are presumed to be the smartest and most far-sighted among us. Apple products are always more expensive that those of their competitors, but they've outdone themselves this time. One version of the watch has a case made of 18ct. gold and costs $10,000. It's called the Apple Watch® Edition, not the Gold Edition, or the Deluxe Edition, just the Edition. (Visionary, no ?)
Because of the price the marketing may be a little more difficult this time. Consider this quote from what I presume to be an Apple fan site:
The job of Apple Retail Store employees will begin changing in profound ways next month. In order to showcase and sell the Apple Watch, retail employees will be trained to provide personal fashion and styling advice to customers, according to employees briefed on the plans. Until now, Apple Retail has been tasked with recommending iPads, iPhones and Macs with few styling options aside from limited color options.Reaction to the new trinket has been mixed. At The Guardian, Hannah Jane Parkinson gives us Nine reasons only a tool would buy the Apple Watch® and here's some web reaction, courtesy of the BBC:
Apple is pushing for retail employees to initiate conversations that build trust, enabling the employee to serve as a valued fashion advisor during the purchase process, similarly to how traditional watches are sold. Apple Watch sales training programs will take place for Apple retail staff over the course of the next two weeks, teaching entirely new sales techniques to encourage iPhone upgrades, assist with gifting, and guide customers in watch and strap choices.
On Apple Watch Edition (the expensive one)...So, the product "shipped" Friday. As you may have guessed by now, I won't be among the early adopters. How 'bout you ? I know all the Kool Kids hang out at CUA,
Actress Anna Kendrick on Twitter: "We should be thanking Apple for launching the $10,000 'Apple Watch' as the new gold-standard in douchebag detection."
Economist Joseph Brusuelas on Twitter: The Apple watch has the feel of Steve Jobs' Lisa [computer]. It's ill conceived, ill considered & likely to go the way of Google Glass.
User jdflan on Reddit: "It's not uncommon for watches to be priced from $350 to $10,000. But the Apple Watch is different. It's not a Rolex. In a year it's going to be obsolete and in 10 years it won't even power on because the battery will no longer hold a charge."
User LiveLaughLoveRevenge on Reddit: "I was secretly hoping that they'd bring something really cool to the table - something to push the tech ahead. But nope. Functionality seems basically the same, and instead they went the route of trying to make it a status symbol - like MK or LV bags, no extra utility, just a brand name."
User Dan Colasanti on Twitter: Dear people whining about the $10,000 to $17,000 18K-Gold Apple #Watch - it's not meant for you - so get over it.
Got Your Apple Watch® Yet ?
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