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When the Apple Watch hits the shelves: What to expect

Apple announced on Monday that its latest smartwatch, the Apple Orchard, will hit stores in the US in August.

The watch will be available in four models, priced from $349 (£290) for the Sport model, $399 (£370) for Sport Plus, $499 (£475) for Pro and $649 (£655) for Ultimate.

It will also have a free 12-month AppleCare+ service that covers every Apple product including the Apple TV, Apple TV 2 and the iPhone, plus a range of other Apple services.

Apple Watch owners can add the watch to their Apple account, which will let them buy products directly from the retailer’s online store and have them shipped to their homes.

“We have been very focused on the next generation of Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to bring you the Orchard,” said Mark Pedowitz, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement.

“The Orchard brings a new level of performance and functionality to Apple Watch that will revolutionise how people watch content.

The Orchid is powered by the newest generation of Orchard hardware that delivers up to 10 times the power efficiency of previous models.

And because of this, Orchard is designed to be as energy efficient as possible, meaning the Orchid can be fully charged with just 10 minutes of use.”

Apple also said that the watch will run the latest version of the operating system OS X Yosemite.

Apple has said that Apple Watch owners who buy the watch during the trial period will be able to unlock the device by entering their Apple ID credentials.