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Today Apple finally revealed when it plans to start selling the Apple Watch offline.

In a statement on its site, Apple promises to “begin selling some models [of the Watch] in our Apple Retail Stores … within two weeks.”

It’s been two months since Apple first orchestrated its online-only launch for the Watch. Technically, Apple fans have been allowed to order the Watch in Apple Stores since April, but they couldn’t bring the gadget home with them — they had to wait for it to be shipped (just like an online order).

Apple also announced that it will begin selling its Watch in a handful of additional countries. Beginning June 26, Apple promises the Watch “will be available in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan.”

This news arrives four days before Apple kicks off its annual WWDC developer conference, where it will likely discuss the future of iOS, OS X, Beats Music, and yes, the Apple Watch.


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