Apple Watch Nike+ prepares for launch as general sales numbers lead the pack
The Apple Watch Nike+ will be on sale this week from 49 countries in the course of three launch days.
It all starts on Friday, October 28 and takes care of 41 markets ranging from the US to Japan, Hong Kong to Australia and the United Kingdom to Monaco. On Saturday, Bahrain, Greece, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will join in on sales while Israeli Apple Stores will begin them on Sunday.
A full list of countries is available from Apple’s press release in our source link.
As a reminder, the 38mm Apple Watch Nike+ will be sold for $369 in the US while the 42mm version will be $399. We’re learning that the Nike+ watch bands will come in four color combinations, but the bands will not be sold separately — they are, in fact, the only real physical differentiator between the Apple Watch Nike+ and generic Apple Watch Series 2 devices.
Apple and Nike will sell the smartwatches initially with Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods stocking them, too.
The new sales should give an Apple a boost on its lead in the cooling smartwatch industry. How cool? Research firm IDC reports 52 percent cooler than last year — only 2.7 million units shipped last quarter. Apple led the summer with 1.1 million unit sales, the only manufacturer to achieve sevend digits. Garmin, Samsung, Lenovo and Pebble follow in position.
While major Android Wear brands have elected to keep new materials off the market with the delay of the Wear 2.0 platform, Apple’s launch of Series 2 didn’t effectively happen until the end of the quarter. Samsung is expected to launch its new Gear S3 watches in mid-November.