Ahead of the official Apple Watch launch on April 24th, the company has began charging customer credit and debit cards. Different users on social media that pre-ordered the Apple Watch are saying that they have been charged by Apple for their order.
Both Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport customers have reportedly been charged from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment.”
The iPhone maker is only accepting Apple Watch orders online and recently informed employees that the product won’t be available for in-store purchases until June, at the earliest.
Apple Watch orders with status “Preparing for Shipment” are still listing prospective delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday April 24, the official launch date of the device. Now that order statuses have been changed, customers should begin receiving shipment emails in the near future.
Apple Watch orders will ship out from these central distribution centers via Fedex and UPS, so a lot of devices will arrive on Friday. Once a status changes to Preparing for Shipment, customers can track by reference number using a phone number on the UPS and FedEx websites to get tracking information before a shipping email even goes out.
Exact preorder details are unavailable, though according to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, numbers will reach 2.3 million units.