Apple Watch Price Predictions Reach $19,999 Ahead of Tomorrow's Event

Apple Watch Price Predictions Reach $19,999 Ahead of Tomorrow's Event

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Daring Fireball's John Gruber has come out with his price predictions for the Apple Watch ahead of the company's Spring Forward media event tomorrow.

Back in September, Gruber said that when Apple announces its price list for the Watch, he expects "the tech press to have the biggest collective shit-fit in the history of Apple-versus-the-standard-tech-industry shit-fits."

They’re going to say that Jony Ive and Tim Cook have lost their minds. They’re going to wear out their keyboards typing “This never would have happened if Steve Jobs were alive.” They’re going to predict utter and humiliating failure.

Interestingly, and perhaps upsetting to many potential customers, Gruber now believes that it isn't the gold Apple Watch that will cause a 'shit-fit', rather it's the steel model whose price will be surprisingly high.

The only thing I would change about this is that I now think it’s the steel Apple Watch pricing that is going to cause the massive collective shit-fit. Most people have wrapped their heads around the fact that the gold Edition models are going to cost at least $5000, and so have already written off Apple Watch Edition as something for the wealthy luxury market. But the steel Apple Watch, that’s something that most people still look at as for them. And so they expect the starting price to be around $500, and the various leather and metal band options to cost $100-300 more.

Without further ado, here are Gruber's 'guesses' as to what the Apple Watch will cost (38mm/42mm):
● Apple Watch Sport (all colors, with Sport Band): $349/399
● Apple Watch, steel, Sport Band: $749/799
● Apple Watch, steel, Classic Buckle: $849/899
● Apple Watch, steel, Milanese Loop: $949/999
● Apple Watch, steel, Modern Buckle (38mm only): $1199
● Apple Watch, steel, Leather Loop (42mm only): $1299
● Apple Watch, steel, Link Bracelet: $1499/1599
● Apple Watch, space black steel, Link Bracelet: $1899/1999
● Apple Watch Edition, Sport Band: $7499/7999
● Apple Watch Edition, Modern Buckle (38mm only): $9999
● Apple Watch Edition, Classic Buckle (42mm only): $10,999
● Apple Watch Edition, Gold Milanese Loop: $14,999/$16,999
● Apple Watch Edition, Gold Link Bracelet: $17,999/$19,999

If you don't know which models are which, click here to view the 34 Apple Watch configurations that have been announced. Let us know what you think of these price estimates in the comments. You can hit the link below to read more about how Gruber came to these price points.

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Apple Watch Price Predictions Reach $19,999 Ahead of Tomorrow's Event
JoshvanHulst - March 9, 2015 at 5:21pm
Wow way too much for me to buy a watch like that.
Dolores - March 9, 2015 at 4:07pm
Way too much for a watch! I've had this $20 Casio watch for almost 5 years now. It looks decent and I only wear it just to know the time (isn't that what a watch for?) All I care for in this event is whether there will be a new Apple TV or a new Mac Book Air.
iFan - March 9, 2015 at 3:59pm
Honestly speaking, I am always hyped about new iPhones/Pads/mini/McPro/Pods/etc. multi purpose gadgets that have reasonable price...... But but but this one just hit right thru my eyeballs...... I'll definitely pass for once on this besides other gadgets they may release.
Toosain - March 9, 2015 at 7:10am
SUCH BS
Vee - March 9, 2015 at 6:14am
A big Apple fan here. Bought almost every product from them. These prices don’t look realistic to me.
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