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Thin crowds greet Apple Watch in stores, suggesting fans prefer to buy, not fondle

The showing -- but not sale -- of the Apple Watch in stores failed to attract the same crowds as the launch of the iPhone 6

  • About two dozen people lined up outside Apple's downtown Sydney store on Friday, many of whom were interested in getting a preview of the company's Watch, which will be available in stores April 24.

  • Prospective Apple Watch buyers look at the options on display at mobile carrier SoftBank's Omotesando shop in Tokyo on Friday. About 40 people lined up to get a chance to order the smartwatch.

  • A shop attendant at SoftBank's Omotesando outlet in Tokyo helps a prospective Apple Watch buyer on Friday. About 40 people were lining up to see the smartwatch.

  • A shop attendant at SoftBank's Omotesando outlet in Tokyo helps a prospective Apple Watch buyer on Friday. About 40 people were lining up to see the smartwatch.

  • A SoftBank shop attendant helps Tomoki Hasegawa, 38, choose an Apple Watch on Friday in Tokyo. The smartphone app developer said the smartwatch reminded him of cool wrist gadgets used by superheroes on TV shows he watched as a kid.

  • Apple Watch Sport models are displayed in Tokyo on Friday at mobile carrier SoftBank's Omotesando outlet. About 40 people were lining up at the shop for a chance to order the Apple smartwatch.

  • Chinese customers look at the Apple Watch in Shenzhen.

  • Chinese customers check out the Apple Watch in Shenzhen.

  • Chinese customers trying on the Apple Watch.

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