The Apple Watch will be made available in a further seven countries and will hit stores by the end of this month, Apple has announced.
Until now the Watch, coming in three different styles selling from £299 in the basic version up to £12,000 for the 18-karat gold edition, was only available online and to a limited extent in some fashion stores.
The list of new countries where the wearable technology gadget will be made available includes Spain, Mexico, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan. In those countries, Apple Watch will be available from 26 June, while those announced previously will see the device arrive in stores approximately one week earlier.
"The response to Apple Watch has surpassed our expectations in every way, and we are thrilled to bring it to more customers around the world,” said Jeff Williams, the Cupertino-based firm's senior vice president of operations.
"We're also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders and we thank our customers for their patience. All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we'll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores."
The Watch will also go on sale from what the California-based firm calls Apple Authorised Resellers. These are independent Apple retailers, not the company's own Apple Stores. Customers in these countries will also be able to buy the Watch in-store from the same date.
The Apple Watch, combining the functions of a timepiece, a fitness and health tracker and a communication device, first went on sale in April, although a different ordering system for customers was devised to remove excessive queues outside Apple's official retail stores, as has been typical when the firm launched new products in the past, such as iPhones and iPads.
Instead, users were encouraged to buy online and those who visited a physical store had to make appointments to try on a Watch before again making the purchase via Apple's online platform and having it delivered to them.
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