Rumors: Apple Watch to cost between $500 and $5000, first third-party accessory pictured

Rumors: Apple Watch to cost between $500 and $5000, first third-party accessory pictured
A French leak artiste has provided what is, in reality, the first proper Apple Watch leak to surface since the device's inception. A purported pricing scheme and a first glimpse of a third-party accessory have been un-shrouded from Apple secrecy. If the leakster is to be trusted (and the French have had a commendable reputation when it comes to leaking Apple), then the Apple Watch Stainless Steel edition (polished or black) will be sold for $500. 

If you thought that's steep, you better not read ahead. The luxury edition in natural or pink gold will be priced between $4000 and $5000. Reportedly, these prices cover only the watch itself. The strap is bought separately, and initially, Apple will offer six straps that fit all Watch editions. Pricing for those is unknown.

As for release date, the French informant spoke of a February 14 launch. This makes sense, considering previous rumors described an early Spring release.

Now, about that accessory you're seeing below. What is this creature? Allegedly, this is a magnetic cradle that supports the watch while acting as a fancy item to have on your desk. It's not known whether it has any charging abilities. Speaking of charging, the watch's battery is said to be non-removable. Typical Apple.

If the rumors spell truth, then the Apple Watch will be the most expensive brand-name smartwatch on the market. Offerings from the likes of Samsung, LG, Motorola, and ASUS don't go beyond the $350 price tag.

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38 Comments

1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

It looks like apple is trying to sell premium watches with bad battery life

23. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

a time machine would cost less than this stupid miniature crappy iphone, never understood why people love overpaying for apple devices.

24. mturby unregistered

iphone was the first real smartphone in the market. that makes them popular and because of its popularity, people buys them no matter what, that means apple can set its price at their own convenience. have u ever seen people line up to buy a galaxy notes 4 or samsung s5? no.

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

r u stupid or just young

29. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I know Android Wear isn't that great, but at least it's not that expensive. Btw, the new iPhone 7 will sell beween $1 and $10,000!!! I just saw it in a leak...

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I want one, please Apple i beg u /s

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

LOL iBeg

13. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

For only $500.

4. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

$500 for that?.. that means its going to be unjustly priced at 5000kr in sweden..($674). it isnt unique in anyway (There is already an older non smartwatch with exact design and the spin-"crown" on the side) A smart watch over 300 should be able to be independent without its Phone thinking for it.. also they batterylife is going to suck. AND NO im not a apple hater, i just dont like the overpriced watch.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, 4000 to 5000 dollars? If I'm going to spend THAT much on something to strap on my wrist, it's going to be a freaking masterpiece of traditional watch design that can be passed on to the next, like, 5 generations of my family.

32. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Even at the low end ($500+ the cost of the band for the iWatch) you can get a low end Tissot or Hamilton or Bulova and they will last longer, be more "timeless" and can be passed on to your descendants!

37. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

But maybe in 30 years, "Apple Watch I" will be worth $95,000 like the "Apple I" is... lol :)

6. ChrisK_5434

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I think they have lost their mind in Apple! Of course this (the base model) will sell well due to their loyal fanbase, but continuing this strategy of rushing half baked and overpriced items that offer nothing more compared to the competition will harm them in the long term. And of course if I am going to spend 5.000 dollars on a watch I will prefer an Omega, Tag Heuer, etc, than a watch that will be technologically obsolete in a matter of months!

7. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Ok, I've always thought $800 for a somewhat luxury phone was kind of reasonable, but this is a whole new level of ridiculous. $5000? Are you high? But, alas it will sell like hotcakes.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you think the Apple Watch is going to sell like hotcakes at even $500, never mind $5000. Then I will bet you right now a million dollars that it won't sell like hotcakes.

28. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I bet dean was high when writing that. If these idiots think that Apple can sell $5000+ products "like hot cakes" then they should put their money where their mouth is and invest in this company that they apparently think controls the world.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

These prices are false.

9. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Official prices aren't announced yet so we can't for sure that they are fake or not. Chances are that the Apple Watch Stainless Steel edition (polished or black) will be sold for $500.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can already get a few Android Wear smart watches that are stainless steel and for less then half that price. The Gear Live is $199. The Moto 360 is $250 and you can get it in silver, or black, and now there is talks of a gold colored version as well that is coming down the pipe.

31. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

None of those have a spinny wheel that clicks for navigation. You think innovation is cheap!? :)

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

should be 200 it can't do anything without a phone

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

For Apple's sake I hope they are.

15. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

people will still buy it though no matter how much it cost

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*Some.* But not nearly as many.

20. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Darkk you expressed interest when it was announced. Would you still buy it for you and your family if that's indeed the price?

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My family's not interested, I am, and $500 would be my limit...depending on the storage space and screen size. Point blank, I want an Apple Watch, and I will have one. The one I want, stainless sport with a white band, was quoted at $399. It'll be a gift either way. Sorry for the late response bro.

34. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

No doubt bro.

11. surethom

Posts: 1664; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

And this is why Apple is one of the riches companies in the world. A Huge markup on ALL its products.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Choke choke at those prices

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your not paying for materials or quality.. your paying for the logo. And your an idiot. lol.

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