AWT News Update: April 21, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Early orders of Apple Watch are now showing that they're preparing for shipment
  • Developers are getting an opportunity to order an Apple Watch for early delivery
  • Apple adds 31 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of over 200 financial institutions that support Apple Pay
  • New study shows Apple Pay is more popular than other mobile payment systems

The text version of the news update can be found below.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 21, 2015. Our sponsor this week is It’s About Time Products, developers of Desk App for Mac, an inexpensive way to find out what files are taking up space unnecessarily on your Mac and then deleting them with a click.

A number of people who had their Apple Watch orders in within the first minute on April 10th have received notification that their credit cards have been charged and that shipping will occur for delivery on April 24. What’s odd is that people who were ordering certain popular styles — such as the 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Sport Model — who didn’t get the orders in within the first minute or so have not received shipping notifications yet. 

Apple’s letting some developers vie for a chance to get their hands on an Apple Watch by April 28th. Some developers have received emails letting them know that they can enter a lottery for an advance purchase of a limited number of aluminum Apple Watch Sport models with the blue sport band. Those developers who are lucky enough to win a random drawing can purchase the Apple Watch Sport for delivery by April 28. 
Apple has added 31 new banks and credit unions in the US to its Apple Pay support list, now bringing the total in the country to well over 200. If you’re a customer at any one of the banks listed on Apple’s website, you can now use your credit or debit card with your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch to make purchases at retailers that support Apple Pay. 

Speaking of Apple Pay, a new study by 451 Research shows that Apple Pay is extremely popular with customer who use mobile payment services. 66% of respondents to the survey said that they were very satisfied with Apple Pay, more than the 45% for PayPal and just 33% for Google Wallet. For respondents who were said that they were planning on making purchases with a mobile payment service in the next 90 days, 45% of those selected Apple Pay, up 5% in just a few months. Over the same time period, PayPal has experienced a 5% decline in the number of users desiring to use its service for mobile payments. 

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.