Around 6 million Apple Watch units ordered for April launch
Apple is preparing for the launch of its highly anticipated new product, the Apple Watch, and it appears to have bullish hopes for the product.
According to recent reports, the California-based tech giant has ordered up to 6 million units of the watch.
Apparently the company has asked its suppliers in Asia to produce between 5 and 6 million Apple Watches for the first quarter of its release.
Apple first unveiled the Apple Watch last September and since then the product has attracted an overwhelming amount of public interest. It is the first new product that Apple will be launching since the iPad five years ago.
The company planned for its Apple Watch to be a reliable, wearable tracker of important health-related information, such as blood pressure, stress levels, and heart activity. However, the company struggled to get these features to work properly.
According to people familiar with the matter, Apple scrapped the features because they were too unreliable and complex.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently spoke about the Apple Watch’s role in everyday life at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.
“If I sit for too long, it’ll tap me on the wrist and tell me to move,” said Cook.
“A lot of doctors believe sitting is the new cancer. If you haven’t moved within the hour, it’ll tap you. You’ll be in a meeting, and we have a lot of employees now that are using the watch, so about 10 minutes before the end of the hour, everybody starts standing up.”
He added that Apple wants to “change the way you live your life.”
There will be three models of the watch when it comes out – Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.