Israelis Will Have to Wait Until 2016 for the Apple Watch

Global shortages of the device mean that purchasers have to wait for up to six months for delivery, Globes business website reported.

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New Apple Watches on display at the Apple Grand Central Station store in New York, April 24, 2015.Credit: AFP

The much-awaited Apple Watch will only be available in Israel in 2016, Globes business website reported on Thursday.

The watch was released in a few countries last week, but stocks are reported to be low globally and orders can take up to six months to be fulfilled.

Globes quoted a senior cellular industry source as saying that the Apple Watch was scheduled to arrive in Israel only at the beginning of next year. Apple is already talking with cellular operators and other official importers about putting it on sale.

The watch will be sold first by Israel's mobile phone operators, and only afterwards in computer and cellular stores. In a conversation with one of the official importers, Apple promised that the launch in Israel will occur simultaneously at all of the stories and companies.

The watch works in tandem with the iPhone, enabling users to read messages while talking on the phone. It also includes a WiFi connection enabling the user to make calls from anywhere in his home, and can also be used to control music on an iPhone, make payments using the PayPal service, and to operate the Siri intelligent personal assistant.