Apple has announced that the Apple Watch will go on sale in seven more countries from 26 June, and that the wearable device will be available to buy in stores for the first time.
The new countries are Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. Apple said that the Watch will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail outlets and resellers.
Apple also used the announcement to acknowledge that the delivery of Apple Watch devices has been blighted by a backlog in the firm's supply chain.
However, Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, said this was now cleared and that all orders should be with customers within two weeks, at which time retail sales from shops will begin.
“The response to Apple Watch has surpassed our expectations in every way, and we are thrilled to bring it to more customers around the world,” he said.
“We’re also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders, and we thank our customers for their patience.
"All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42mm Space Black stainless steel with Space Black link bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks.
“At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple retail stores.”
It’s not explicitly clear which countries will have the models on sale at retail outlets first, although it is likely that the US will be among them.
Despite the new information from Apple on availability, there was no word on how many units have been shipped, something that market watchers are eager to know in order to gauge its success on the market.
#Apple Watch launches in 7 more countries. Still no shipment figures. Being treated more like the Apple TV "hobby" than a strategic product— Ian Fogg (@ianfogg42) June 4, 2015
It is possible that Apple is waiting to release the information at its Worldwide Developer Conference next Monday, at which the firm is also expected to unveil iOS 9.
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