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The Apple Watch will not be available in store on April 24

The Apple Watch will not be available in stores from the device’s April 24 release date, the company has confirmed.

With those pre-ordering the smartwatch already facing significant delivery delays, Apple has revealed that prospective consumers will not be able to walk in off the street to pick up its first wearable anytime soon.

Speaking with TrustedReviews, the manufacturer told us it did not know when to expect in-store availability.

Although the first pre-orders will start shipping on April 24, many who have already splashed the cash have considerably longer waits ahead before their new wares will adorn their wrists.

Within minutes of pre-orders opening on Friday, April 10, Apple Watch shipping dates were pushed back to as late as June or July, depending on the model.

Just hours before advanced orders kicked off, the iPhone 6 maker revealed that Apple Watch orders would only be able to be placed through the company’s online outlet.

Despite suggesting the timepiece would only be available online during the ‘initial launch period’, this ambiguous term failed to openly cover off post-launch stocking.

“To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period,” Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts said.

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There are 38 different Apple Watch configurations available for order, ranging from the £299 38mm Apple Watch Sport to the £13,500 18-carat Rose Gold Apple Watch Edition.

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