Apple Watch fitness run summary

Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed Tuesday that the highly anticipated Apple Watch will begin shipping in April.

Last September, when Apple introduced the wearable gadget, its first, the company promised it would ship in “early 2015.” Previously, expectations pegged a March release. 

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Cook, answering questions about the watch during his company’s earnings call Tuesday, offered the April timeframe, though he didn’t specify an exact release date. He did, however, mention that development has been progressing “right on schedule.”  

The WatchKit developer tools launched last November, which means that by the time the gadget hits the market, app makers will have had about five months to create software and services for it. 

When the device launches, the base model will cost $350, and premium gold or stainless steel versions could go for as much as $5,000. Questions regarding battery life remain, particularly as recent reports paint a pale picture of its longevity. While Apple typically doesn’t reveal the battery capacity of any of its mobile devices, intrepid hardware experts usually uncover those details in teardowns after the product launch. 

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In other words, the earliest adopters of Apple’s fancy wrist gear will likely take a leap of faith when they purchase—or, more likely, pre-order—the watch. 

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