The Ap­ple Watch to hit lo­cal mar­ket on June 26

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY JOHN LIU

The Ap­ple Watch is set to be un­veiled in Tai­wan on June 26, with 10 deluxe-class stores that will be selling the latest in­no­va­tion around the is­land.

The watch will be sold only on Ap­ple’s online store and at se­lected dis­trib­u­tors such as Stu­dio A and Ex­press In­fotech Co. (

), a dis­trib­u­tor of Far EasTone Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Co. Ltd. (

). Four of the 10 stores selling the watch are re­port­edly owned by Ex­press In­fotech.

Ap­ple is not part­ner­ing with any telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions op­er­a­tors to sell the Ap­ple Watch any­where in the world. How­ever, lo­cal tele­com com­pa­nies are still try­ing to cut deals with Ap­ple.

For those who want to make pur­chases online, con­sumers will be able to go to Ap­ple Stores to make pay­ments and pick up their prod­ucts. The ser­vice is avail­able in the U.S., main­land China and Hong Kong, but is ex­pected to be of­fered in more re­gions in the fu­ture.

There are cur­rently three ver­sions of the Ap­ple Watch, namely the alu­minum case Watch Sport, stain­less steel Watch, and 18-Karat gold case Watch Edi­tion. Each ver- sion comes with be­tween 8 to 20 mod­els. Two size choices are avail­able: 38 mm and 42 mm.

Of­fi­cial prices in Tai­wan haven’t yet been re­vealed.

Ap­ple’s In­ten­tion to Go

High-class

Dou­glas Hsu ( ), chair­man of Far EasTone Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, said yesterday that since the Ap­ple Watch is de­signed for West- ern­ers, its bulky size might not be suit­able for Asians. They don’t need such large wearable de­vices, Hsu said.

Hsu made the com­ment when he at­tended a Far Eastone Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­vestor con­fer­ence, where he wore a wrist­band pro­duced by Xiaomi. The de­vice is not good enough ei­ther, since it is not wa­ter­proof and can­not record data when one swims to ex­er­cise in the pool, ac­cord­ing to the chair­man, who said there should be “more va­ri­ety” in wearable de­vices.

Hsu also re­vealed that two years ago Ap­ple ex­pressed the in­ten­tion to sell the Ap­ple Watch at the “best place” in Far Eastern Group’s depart­ment stores. It was in­dica­tive of Ap­ple’s plan to po­si­tion Ap­ple Watch as a lux­ury prod­uct.

The Ap­ple Watch’s launch

is ex­pected to her­ald a boom­ing wearable de­vice mar­ket. Be­sides Tai­wan, the watch will also hit the mar­ket on June 26 in some other coun­tries in­clud­ing South Korea, Italy, Spain and Mexico.

The watch is al­ready avail­able for pur­chase in Ap­ple’s re­tail stores in the U.S., Canada, Ja­pan, and China. Af­ter un­veil­ing the new prod­uct in Oc­to­ber, Ap­ple started to ac­cept pre-or­ders on April 10.

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