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Apple Watch: No date set for Ireland launch as tech giant adds seven more countries to schedule

Published 04/06/2015 | 14:31

Global demand is growing for iPhones and Apple Watches
Global demand is growing for iPhones and Apple Watches

APPLE has yet to set a date for a launch in Ireland as it adds seven more countries to its schedule.

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The Apple Watch will be available to buy in Apple retail stores in the UK for the first time this month, the technology giant has confirmed.

Of course, Irish fans may have bought the Apple Watch online already.

Apple has also announced that its first smartwatch would go on sale in seven more countries, including Italy and Spain, from June 26.

 The Watch will also go on sale in what the firm calls Apple Authorised Resellers. Customers in these countries will also be able to buy the Watch in-store from the same date.

Jeff Williams, the Cupertino-based firm's senior vice president of operations, said: "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.

"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 Apple Watch first went on sale in April but used a very different system that removed the traditional queues outside the company's official retail stores around the world on launch day.

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.

The Watch comes in three different styles, and starts at about €400.

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