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Apple Watch Edition may be priced as high as $5K, Valentine’s Day launch date ‘still valid’?

A new report from French site iGen.fr (translated link) claims to reveal some additional details about pricing on the various Apple Watch models planned for release. While Apple has only announced that the Apple Watch would start at $349, that’s the price for the entry-level anodized aluminum Sport model, and the report from iGen.fr, citing a reliable source, notes that the Stainless Steel version will likely sell for $500, and the Edition model in yellow or pink gold would be priced between $4,000 and $5,000. Notably, the post goes on to say that other than the strap, no part of the Apple Watch can be opened to replace the battery or other components, and that the device “might as well be closed [as] an iPad.”

The report also cites its source as saying that the Valentine’s Day release date suggested earlier this fall is “still valid” in spite of comments made by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts earlier this week suggesting a spring launch, and that resellers and distributors are still ramping up for mid-February. Although such a move would be unprecedented, with multiple editions being released, it is conceivably possible that Apple may stagger the launch of the Apple Watch. The more exclusive Edition models would be available in February, followed by a more general release for other models later in the year. It is also notable that only Apple’s U.S. page for the Apple Watch specifies “Early 2015” availability; pages for other countries, including Canada, the U.K., France, and Japan all simply say “Available in 2015.”

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