The lower end sport versions will start at $349
One of the jewelry contacts of TechCrunch has revealed that the 18-karat gold version of the Apple iWatch could cost as much as $1,200 when it would hit retail stores in January. The jewelers who are familiar with the material that Apple makes use of to make the Apple Watch Edition pieces have confirmed this news. However, this is just an estimate and the original price, whenever the iWatch comes out, could be well below this estimated price tag.
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There has been no confirmation so far as to whether the iWatch would be completely made out of gold or would be just be gold plated. According to what the jewelers have said on this matter, it wouldn’t be a wise decision to make the iWatch completely out of gold because that is going to drive up the prices too high. This estimate that we have received is so far based on the design images of the watch that were leaked previously in this week.
According to Chad Rickicki, a watch expert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an 18 karat gold case of the iWatch could cost around $600 to make and when the rest of the things are added to this including the electronics and markup, the price could ultimately more than double. But this shouldn’t disappoint anyone who plans to buy an iWatch because not all Apple watches are going to fall in this category. There are going to be some lower end sports versions which will most likely start at $349 and there will also be the standard versions which will simply be called Apple iWatch and will receive a premium over that. The higher end ones are going to be the Edition Watches just like we mentioned earlier and it was pretty much understood because gold is expensive.
This is kind of an interesting move which is going to turn the Apple stores into luxury destinations and we can debate whether Prada and Louis Vuitton are clamoring to be given access to Apple’s unique band connectors. But this more fashionable, luxury-leaning Apple Watch display in stores is also going to imply that quality will be strictly kept into check.
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