Even though Apple didn’t make a huge announcement regarding it, we have learned that the company will be officially releasing Apple Watch in Indonesia starting from tomorrow onwards. The release date is prominently shown on Apple Indonesia’s website and is also being promoted by Apple Resellers in the country.
As for other countries in the region prior to Indonesia, Singapore was the first to receive Apple Watch on 26 June which then followed by Thailand on 17 July and the Philippines on 23 October. With this revelation, it technically means that there are only two Southeast Asian with official Apple presence* that have yet to receive Apple Watch: Malaysia and Vietnam.
However, we believe that Apple has no plan to release Apple Watch in Vietnam as the product page for the watch doesn’t exist on Apple Vietnam’s website as opposed to Apple Malaysia’s website. All in all, Malaysia will pretty much be the last country in Southeast Asia to receive Apple Watch despite being announced to the world a year ago.
Despite being positioned as a premium brand, Apple still has a substantially sized fan base here in Malaysia judging from the amount of iPhone users that we can see on the streets. Hence, we are not sure if the huge and increasing time gap that the company has left for holding Apple Watch from Malaysian consumers will have any effect on the device when Apple finally released it in our shores.
Maybe there is a good reason for the delay. Hence, we are now reaching out to Apple in order to find out its side of the story. So, stay tuned.
*With the inclusion of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, the actual number is six. However, Apple does not have proper websites for these four countries even though there are Authorized Resellers in these markets.