Apple Watch comes to Australia on April 24, starts at AUD$499

Apple today announced the Apple Watch will be available in Australia from April 24. The manufacturer will start taking pre-orders from April 10.

The fitness oriented aluminium Apple Watch Sport will be priced at AUD$499 for the 38mm model, and AUD$579 for the 42mm.

The regular stainless steel Apple Watch will retail for between AUD$799 and AUD$1629. The pricing variation accounts for the two sizes and various straps available. The cheapest "regular" Apple Watch is a 38mm device with a white or black "Sports Band", retailing for AUD$799. Upgrading to a more traditional leather watch band will increase the price to AUD$949 and AUD$1,029 for 38mm and 42mm respectively. The most expensive regular Apple Watch has a space black stainless steel link braclet, retailing for AUD$1,549 in 38mm and AUD$1,629 in 42mm.   

The 18-carrat gold Apple Watch Edition will start at AUD$14,000 and will made in very limited quantities. The most expensive Apple Watch Edition models retail for AUD$24,000.

In addition, Apple confirmed that the Apple Watch's battery will provide 18 hours of "mixed usage". Apple describe the Apple Watch as splash and water resistant, but not waterproof; this means one can use it when running in the rain for example, but submerging it is not recommended. The wearable has a water-resistance rating of IPX7.

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