Apple has started rolling out smartwatches across its stores in several countries, including Japan and Australia, according to a report from the International Business Times.
Interested buyers need to reserve their preferred model before they show up at the physical store. Apple is warning that some models could sell out before the reservation is confirmed due to strong demand.
To start the booking process, customers must click the link for checking reservation availability found on the webpage of the watch they intend to purchase.
From there, they can select the Apple Stores in their area to see if any of them have a vacant reservation slot for the model they wish to buy, which will be indicated by a green check mark.
Next, the buyer must input his or her local mobile phone number to get a unique reservation code. Once it is obtained, the code must be entered within 30 minutes to finalise the reservation or the code will become invalid.
If the model is no longer available, users will see a greyed-out option. If this happens, they are advised to check for updates on the website the next day starting at 8:00am.
This type of sale is expected to be limited to select markets such as China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. From 26 June, Apple plans to bring its smartwatch to more countries such as Mexico, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea.