Customers in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey celebrate arrival of Apple Watch

Customers in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey celebrate arrival of Apple Watch


Customers queueing up for the Apple Watch in Russia.
Photo: The Village

The Apple Watch went on sale in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey today, with the wearable devices available at the countries’ respective Apple Online Stores and brick-and-mortar retailers.

In Russia, Watches can be purchased in person at iPort, Re:Store, and C-store Internet stores. In Turkey, customers can do in-store pickup at Apple Stores in Istanbul’s Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center. In New Zealand, Watches are available at select Apple Stores.

All three countries began selling the Apple Watch at 7.01 AM local time.

This brings the total number of countries selling the Apple Watch to 20 — including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Interestingly, unlike the first countries to get the Apple Watch, the in-store availability of the Apple Watch means that customers in NZ, Russia and Turkey get the traditional Apple first day queue experience, although one New Zealand newspaper describes the scene as more “quiet” than a typical Apple launch.

Still, judging from the below social media reactions, it certainly seems like customers are happy — which is exactly what you’d expect from a product with a 92 percent satisfaction rate!


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