The watch will need to gain a foothold with a public not used to wearing technology—the same way the original iPhone converted legions over to Web- and email-enabled smartphones upon its release in 2007. On Wednesday, CNBC took to the streets of New York City to gauge how the public received the Apple Watch.
"Really, it's not a nice watch," Yigal Tawil told CNBC. "I think it's ugly. I'm sorry. But I hope it's a good watch. Apple does a good product."
Tawil went on to say he'd consider buying the new iPhone 6. Others had a different reaction to the smartwatch's aesthetic appeal.
"So this feels kind of flashy, a lot like Google Glass," Syed Mohsin, a Columbia University student, told CNBC. "It might not be casual enough to wear. But I do like it. It is stylish."
Ellen Maleszewski, a educational technologist at Columbia, told CNBC she could think of other ways to spend money rather than picking up a $349 gadget. Apple, though, has a way of making pricey devices seem necessary over time, she admitted.
"You know, I have kids, so there's a lot of other places my money could go to," she said.
—By CNBC.com staff