Apple has shipped the Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4, making the sportswear-branded wearable device available in stores and delivered to those who pre-ordered the timepiece, but initial signs suggest some customers may have to wait before they can buy it, due to there being limited supplies available.
The Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 is, like with previous models, functionally identical to the standard versions of the Apple Watch Series 4, sharing the same specifications and features. The Nike+ edition does include a few changes that makes it more useful to runners and other athletes.
An externally-visible difference is the introduction of a Nike Sport Loop Band with reflective yarn, an addition that makes the wearer more visible to traffic at night, making evening and early-morning jogging sessions safer. Other band types, including the Platinum and Anthracite Nike Sport Band, are also available.
Onboard, the Nike Run Club app is pre-installed along with the Nike Training Club app, offering workouts and other features conducive to running and other activities. Exclusive Nike-branded watch faces are also included as part of this particular model’s features.
The Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 is available in GPS and Cellular models, starting from $399 for the 40mm model without cellular and rising to $529 for the 44mm variant with cellular.
Initial checking of the online Apple Store for various models reveals that in-store pickup is largely unavailable, while shipments, at the time of writing, can take between three and four weeks to arrive. AppleInsider was advised on Thursday by some stores that only low quantities of this Apple Watch model were expected to be available on Friday.
Apple authorized resellers B&H Photo and Abt.com are also accepting backorders, with Abt.com reporting a two to four week delay. The perk is the lack of sales tax collected in most states, with B&H collecting sales tax in New York and New Jersey and Abt.com collecting sales tax in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin*.
Nike itself, however, is reporting an estimated delivery date of two to four days out, making it the most viable option for the quickest delivery time.
The Apple Watch Series 4 features a new 30-percent larger edge-to-edge display, a faster processor, haptic feedback for the Digital Crown, and in the United States, the ability to take an electrocardiogram without additional hardware.
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