The first Apple Watch pre-orders are headed out to centralized distribution points in the United States. Couriers are preparing the shipments to be delivered for the wearable device’s April 24 launch date.
MacRumors, using a source they report has been accurate in the past, says iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders have begun switching from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” on the Apple Online Store for several customers.
Customers who were lucky enough to get an Apple Watch pre-order in early enough should see their order status change soon. However, due to limited stock, and the 4/24 – 5/8 delivery estimates customers have seen, there is a possibility it could take longer.
No reports of pre-orders changing or credit card being charged have been received, however MacRumors’ source says bulk shipments have begun moving, and individual statuses should begin changing soon. There are reports that Apple has already begun charging credit cards for Apple Watch accessories and AppleCare+ protection plans.
It is estimated that there were nearly 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders placed in the U.S. on April 10, the first day pre-orders for Apple’s wearable were available. Slice Intelligence estimates 957,000 preorders were placed.