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Customers can now buy the Apple Watch without an appointment

Customers can now head to the retail stores and try on the devices without booking it, first.

Consumers who are interested in checking out the Apple Watch in retail stores without having to make an appointment are finally able to do so now that the appointments requirement has been lifted.

This makes it possible for shoppers to simply walk in to an Apple Store without booking an appointment in advance.

The tech giant wants customers to now be able to simply walk into the stores at their next convenience and give the Apple Watch a try, without having to go through the additional effort and scheduling involved in making an appointment and keeping it. This smartwatch first started selling in retail stores in the United States in April. However, since that time, the company had required shoppers to schedule a time in which they could come by one of the stores in order to try out the product and potentially purchase one. However, the appointments are now becoming an optional part of the experience in order to further streamline it and add convenience to the opportunity to shop for this product.

The appointments for the Apple Watch had previously required shoppers to use an Apple ID and choose a time.

Apple Watch - Purchase without appoinmentThat said, the Apple store is breaking away from that necessity. While it is still possible for shoppers to schedule those appointments if that is how they wish to shop for the device, the company has now confirmed that the policy has changed and these appointments are no longer compulsory.

Some shoppers have previously reported that, depending on the Apple Store location, there wasn’t necessarily a strict enforcement of the appointment making process for the smartwatches, this change in policy certainly indicates that Apple is seeking to make it easier for shoppers to be able to check out its wearable technology in person and then actually buy what they like.

So far, the response from fans of the brand has been a positive one on social media and in online comments, as removing the appointments for the Apple Watch makes the shopping process a much less complicated and fussy one, and makes it possible for people to simply try out the product and potentially buy it at the time that is best suited to their lives and schedules, even if that includes dropping by the shop on a whim.

Smartwatch ownership predicted to rise in Australia

A new forecast from Roy Morgan Research says that Australians will soon buy more wearable technology.

Independent research firm, Roy Morgan Research, has released a prediction that has said that the claims of intention to buy a smartwatch by Australians currently reflects the types of figures that were generated about the intention to purchase smartphones back when those devices were in their infancy.

For that reason, the firm believes that Australia will soon start to see a notable growth in wearable technology.

The study included the participation of about 520,000 Australians and ran from January through April 2015. What was found was that 2.7 percent of the people who took part said that they felt that they would purchase a smartwatch within the following year. Though that figure may seem rather small, it may be more important than it appears, as the firm pointed out that early studies with regards to the intent to purchase an iPhone – back when that device had only just hit the market – were very similar. Back then, 3.6 percent of Australian survey respondents said that they were considering buying one within the first four months of its entry to the market.

What has yet to be seen is whether the trends for the smartwatch will continue to parallel those of the smartphone.

Smatwatch ownership predicted to climb in AustraliaIt is currently estimated that there are nearly 13 million iPhone owners in Australia. That type of future for wearable technology within the country is clearly nothing to sniff at. Furthermore, when respondents were asked about whether they would prefer to purchase an Apple Watch or if they would rather invest in the wearables from another brand, the figures showed that a similar percentage want the Apple product in wearable technology as was the case with smartphones.

Among those who are interested in the devices, a comparable percentage would prefer an Apple Watch to that of other brands as was the case when an iPhone was the choice over other smartphones within the first four months of its release.

What is interesting is that even the age profile of those who are interested in the smartwatch is similar to the figures from 2008 when the iPhone was new.