Many of you have been getting questions asking if we will have the
watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we
announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our
initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I’ll
have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, but
we expect this to continue through the month of May. It has not
been an easy decision, and I want to share with you the thinking
behind it. […]
Given the high interest and initial supply at launch, we will be
able to get customers the model they want earlier and faster by
taking orders online.
I know this is a different experience for our customers, and a
change for you as well. Are we going to launch every product this
way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product
launch days — and there will be many more to come.
Seems like a lot of people are blaming Ahrendts for this, but it seems pretty clear they just don’t have the supply at this point.