Though there is still uncertainty as to whether Canada will be one of the first Apple Watch launch markets (the Apple Canada site is still showing “Available in 2015,” while other countries state “early 2015”), the company is preparing for the mid-April debut of its first wearable.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Apple has placed initial orders with its suppliers for five to six million units of the upcoming smartwatch. There will be three variations, the Apple Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition, and these will range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, the vast majority of the initial supply will reportedly be for the base model. Apple is said to be ordering a lower quantity of the most expensive 18-karat gold Watch Edition.
Apple declined to comment on the numbers, but some analysts are speculating the Apple Watch will be the most successful wearable ever produced. The smartwatch space has been a race between Pebble and several Android OEMs, mainly Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony. Pebble has sold over 1 million smartwatches to-date while a report last week indicated that 7720,000 Android Wear-powered smartwatches were sold in 2014.