Apple is an international company despite its American roots, and the world’s most profitable tech company is preparing to rollout the Apple Watch abroad to as many consumers as will gladly sport the fruit company logo on their wrists. This time, countries such as Israel, Greece, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain stand to see the Apple Watch – as early as this week, to be exact.
The Apple Watch hasn’t been the revolutionary seller that the iPhone has been, but Apple’s late entrance into the market (2 years behind Samsung) hasn’t slowed down the American company’s sales. Apple has sold at least 8-9 million Apple Watch models in 2015 alone, with the company likely reaching double-digit millions as high as 15-20 million this year.
The Apple Watch comes in three different models: 1) Apple Watch Sport, 2) Apple Watch, and 3) Apple Watch Edition, with each model having different price ranges. No matter the device, Apple has provided some wristbands for each model, with the Apple Watch Sport featuring a sweat-resistant wristband while providing more formal leather, metal, and classy luxury bands. Apple has already made the Apple Watch available at American retail stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, not to mention its own local stores, and now offers them online at renown retailer Amazon.com. The company’s stretch into new markets is part of Apple’s push to dominate in smartwatch sales worldwide. Apple’s smartwatch numbers are impressive, but Samsung’s very own Gear S2 has frustrated the company’s plans in the States – as Apple’s Korean rival outsold Cupertino at favorite retailer Best Buy during the holiday season.
Apple intends to release a small refresh of the first-generation Apple Watch in March, with an Apple Watch 2 planned for the September/October season. The Apple Watch Sport retails with a starting price of $349, while the Apple Watch intermediate model comes in at $500+ and the Apple Watch Edition at around $10,000-$18,000. The company has a new Hermes collection, but we don't know if this collection will be sold in those countries at the moment.