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Apple to Shut Its Last Watch-Exclusive Store in May

On May 13, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors.


Updated:April 23, 2018, 10:41 AM IST
Apple to Shut Its Last Watch-Exclusive Store in May
Apple to shut its last Watch-exclusive store in May (Image: AFP Photo/ Peter Parks)
Apple will shut down its last of the three Apple Watch-exclusive stores -- located in Tokyo -- it built when it launched the wearable in 2015. On May 13, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors. Twitter user Shotaro Akiba has shared a photo on the microblogging platform showing the department store's announcement, Engadget reported on Sunday.

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Apple had shut down the other two stores in London and Paris last year. According to 9to5mac website, the shop held a sale in which it was selling the remaining Apple Watch Edition inventory for as little as $700. These 18-karat gold watches were sold for at least $10,000 and as much as $17,000 when they first became available, the report said.

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Earlier this month, high-profile applications, including Instagram, Amazon, Google Maps and Twitter, pulled out their apps from the WatchOS. Driven by Apple Watch Series 3 shipments, the Cupertino-headquartered giant shipped a record 18 million Watch devices in 2017 -- an increase of 54 percent compared to the previous year. "The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of Apple's Watch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017," Singapore-based market research firm Canalys said.

Apple's shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by more than 32 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016 to eight million -- the highest-ever number of shipments in a single quarter for any wearable vendor.

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