Apple Watch stainless steel edition rumoured to cost $500

A fresh report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch will  cost $500 (£313), which is a lot less than some recent estimates.

Apple will launch three basic categories of Apple Watch some time in early 2015. We know that the Watch Sport will start from $349 (£218), but Apple has offered no indication as to the price of the stainless steel Watch or the gold Watch Edition.

French website iGen, which is generally pretty reliable when it comes to such Apple rumours, reckons that the main stainless steel Apple Watch model will cost $500. That’s literally half the price predicted by respected Apple commentator John Gruber back in September.

Gruber seems to be spot on when it comes to the premium Edition, er, edition though. The report claims that Apple’s top-ranking Watch will cost between $4,000 (£2,506) and $5,000 (£3,131). Ouch.

If you’re wondering how the ‘normal’ Apple Watch price might translate to UK pricing outside of a basic £313 currency conversion, consider the iPad Air 2. The entry-level 16GB model of Apple’s latest tablet also goes for $500 in the US, and the same device costs £400 over here.

Interestingly, the report – which comes from a contact that is “among the most reliable” – also disputes the recent alleged leak from Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts, which claimed that the Apple Watch would launch in the spring. Instead, the report reckons that the Apple Watch was still on course to launch in time for Valentine’s Day – that’s February 14 for all you non-observers.

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Via: MacRumours