In-Store Pickup Option Coming Soon To Elusive Apple Watch
If you head over to Apple's website and add an Apple Watch Sport to your virtual cart, you'll see during the checkout process that there's a new in-store pickup option. It's currently grayed out, though should be an option that's "available soon," as it states next to the radio button. We tried the same thing with the higher priced Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition models, though both continue to state that in-store pickup is unavailable at this time.
That said, Apple still needs to get a handle on supply. Online orders show that Apple Watch devices won't be available to ship until July. It was recently reported that reliability testing uncovered a batch of faulty parts supplied by AAC Technologies Holding Inc. Specifically, Apple found that watches were shipping with bad taptic engines. Luckily Apple has a second supplier for the part that taps your wrist when there's a notification, but it will take some time for production and supply to catch up with demand.