Apple Watch slated for spring 2015 release

Apple will release its smartwatch in spring next year, according to leaked comments from Angela Ahrendts, the company's retail chief.

Apple Watch: set to arrive in stores next spring
Apple Watch: set to arrive in stores next spring

Ahrendts, Burberry’s former chief executive officer and now Apple’s senior vice president of retail, reportedly issued a video to the company’s retail employees prepping them for the upcoming holiday season.

According to a transcript of the message, obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple Watch will go on sale after the Chinese New Year.

Ahrendts said: "We’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring. So, I just, I really wanted to say, stop for a moment, take a breath."

Apple unveiled its watch in September, alongside the new iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus. The company reportedly wanted to release the smartwatch this year, but has yet to overcome engineering difficulties such as ensuring all-day battery life.

When it does arrive, the watch will be available with different faces and straps. The price will start at $349 but it is likely to be more expensive in the UK.

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