Apple Watch Planned Purchases Not Ranking High in Reuters Poll
Apple is banking on millions of iPhone users wanting to buy an Apple Watch starting in April, but a new Reuters poll says that 69 percent of Americans are not interested in buying the devices.Apple is planning to sell millions of its upcoming Apple Watch smartwatches to iPhone users so they can pair the devices together and get news, phone calls, health information and more on their wrists, but a new Reuters/Ipsos poll asserts that some 69 percent of Americans say that they don't plan to buy the watches. Apple, meanwhile, is also reportedly pulling competing smartband products, such as the Jawbone Up and Nike+ Fuelband, from Apple stores in preparation for the launch of the Apple Watch starting April 24, according to a report by Modern Readers. The Reuters/Ipsos study also said that only about half the 1,245 Americans who were surveyed between March 9 and March 13 about the Apple Watch had even heard of the device so far. Apple took the wraps off the device on March 9 in a showy presentation in San Francisco. The smartwatches will start at $349 for a Sport version, while its luxury Watch Edition begins at a cool $10,000 for an Apple Watch in 18-karat gold. Preorders for Apple Watches begin on April 10 in the United States, while the devices will be available, starting April 24, when they will be in Apple stores and available for perusing and purchasing. A standard Apple Watch will start at $549 for a 38mm-wide watch, or at $599 for a 42mm-wide standard Apple Watch. Prices for the 38mm version can rise to $1,049, while prices for the 42mm version can rise to $1,099, depending on the watch band that is selected. The most costly luxury Watch Edition model will sell for $17,000.
The study concluded that 25 percent of the respondents said they are interested in buying an Apple Watch, while 69 percent said they had no desire to make such a purchase, according to Reuters. Six percent of the respondents said they were unsure.