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You can try an Apple Watch without an appointment

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To date, you've had to book an appointment to try the Apple Watch in a store. That's something of a hassle when you only want to find out if the Leather Loop is comfy, isn't it? Thankfully, you shouldn't have to jump through hoops any longer. According to 9to5Mac, Apple retail stores are dropping the appointment requirement from this week onward. So long as there's an available staffer and a place at the tryout table, you can stroll up and get a hands-on (wrist-on?) with the company's first wearable. You can still provide your Apple ID if you want to be reminded of your pick later on, but it's no longer a prerequisite.

There's no explanation for the policy change. However, it's likely an acknowledgment that the initial rush is over. The appointment system existed partly to avoid disappointment for a crush of early customers that were determined to buy the Watch, and didn't want to wait while the merely curious had their turn. Well, that first wave has its wristwear -- the tryout tables are that much more likely to be quiet, especially now that you can buy a Watch on the spot or visit Best Buy.

Photo by Will Lipman.

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