You may be seeing the Apple Watch for sale in places other than at Apple retail stores, as the iPhone maker may opt to sell the higher-end devices in luxury retailers or jewelers, some analysts said.
The company made some notable retail hires in 2014, including Burberry's former CEO Angela Ahrendts and the sales director of the luxury watch maker TAG Heuer. And it's likely Apple will begin to reveal its larger retail plan in relation to these hires and the Apple Watch next year.
"They clearly are planning to learn something from the way fashion articles are being sold in the past and probably make use of some of the contacts these people have in the fashion industry from a retail channel perspective," said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research.
Unlike the iPhone and other Apple products, the smartwatch will come in a wide range of options, featuring different straps and colors with varying prices. So Apple's normal retail store setup of sparsely populated tables featuring several devices won't necessarily work for the watch, Dawson said.
"Especially for the more expensive ones, they won't want to just have that out on the table for people to play around with. ... So they may need to have a new model and expand into a number places, like jewelers, where people can go and see one of these things," Dawson said.
Considering Apple is planning to launch a gold model of the watch, the price tag for some of the devices may also be a shocker, said Bob O'Donnell, founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research.
"I think the price point is going to be a lot higher than a lot of people expect," O'Donnell said. "A gold watch is a $5,000 plus investment and so it wouldn't shock me to see Apple selling it for that. And I doubt Apple will want to sell $5,000 watches in their store."