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Apple Watch to be released in April according to CEO Tim Cook

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Apple will release the highly anticipated Apple Watch in April, CEO Tim Cook has revealed during an announcement of record earnings during the holiday quarter.

Apple Watch was unveiled in September alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with a tentative release date given as “early 2015”.

Mr Cook revealed Apple Watch production was on schedule with plans to ship the product in April.

A specific date and Australian pricing are still yet to be announced.

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The development kit for Apple Watch was released late last year so developers could create apps for the device.

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An April release gives these developers even longer to have their creations ready for launch.

During the earnings call, Mr Cook revealed Apple had sold more than 74.5 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices with the iPhone 6 the slight favourite.

It was also revealed the larger screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices attracted the highest Android switcher rate with more new customers to iPhone than ever before.

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In the quarter from October to December, which included the busy Christmas shopping period, Apple posted revenue of $US74.6 billion and a net quarterly profit of $US18 billion – up from $US57.6 billion and $13.1 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.

iPhone sales made up 69 per cent of Apple’s revenue, iPad accounted for 12 per cent and Mac sales were a healthy nine per cent.