Apple will reportedly keep a tight hold on the Apple Watch, opting not to sell the wearable at third-party retailers such as Best Buy, at least at first.
Best Buy is one of Apple's largest retail partners, but the big box stores will apparently not carry the Apple Watch, at least not at launch. Other outlets, such as Target, Macy's, and Bloomingdales have said they have no immediate plans. However, Apple is said to be in talks with fashion retailer Nordstrom, according to Reuters:
Other large retailers, including Macy's, Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales and Barney's said they had no immediate plans to carry the watch. Target and Nordstrom, along with all the major phone carriers, declined to comment on their plans, though a source with knowledge of the situation said Nordstrom has engaged in discussions with Apple.
The watch is new territory for Apple, and the company will reportedly be making some changes to Apple Stores, possibly including new layouts. It's likely that Apple wants to see how the watch performs in this new retail environment before letting it be sold by other retailers.
We may get a better look at Apple's retail plans for the Apple Watch during today's "Spring Forward" event. iMore will be there live with all the latest news on the Apple Watch.