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If you live in Australia and ordered early, you’ve likely already gotten your hands on a new Apple Watch — but for those of us in the States, we still have a few hours to go while we wait.

Yes, it’s Apple Watch launch day in the United States, and iMore’s going to be with you all day with our thoughts, reactions, and anticipatory UPS-staring. This page will update periodically throughout the day with more info from myself, Rene, Ally, Peter, and guest iMore friends, so stay tuned!

MIDNIGHT PST

Ren: So… Rene has an Apple Watch, the lucky devil! Ally and I are still waiting eagerly for ours to arrive from shipping warehouses outside our cities, but rumor has it that they WILL show up in our hands today. I’m pumped. While we wait, though, Rene has been putting an absurd amount of work into writing about the Watch.

Rene: I’ve been using an Apple loaner watch — 42mm stainless steel with Milanese loop. It’s not the black stainless with link I ordered, but it’s gorgeous and I’m thrilled to be using now while waiting for my mid-May ship date.

I’ve already shared a day in the life — with Apple Watch which has some of my early thoughts and feelings. But I really can’t wait for all of you to get yours. So I can Sketch bomb you!

And for everyone else — if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them, so have at it in the comments!

Ren: Hey, guys, while Rene records more awesome video with the Watch, why don’t we chat a bit about our impending Watches? We’ve got nothing better to do right now, and it’s kind of Christmas morning…

So what watch are you waiting for? I think I mentioned elsewhere on the site, but I pre-ordered the 38mm Apple Watch Sport with White Sport Band, along with a Milanese Loop. After trying on many more watches at the Apple Store, I’m pretty confident in my purchase. Though that Midnight Blue Modern Buckle is also pretty fabulous…

Ally: I went with the 38mm Sport in silver with a white band. I also ordered a Milanese band separately. And no, I don’t think it looks bad. Neither should you.

Peter: Mine is the 42mm Apple Watch Sport (in space gray) with black Sport Band. I’d love to pick up a Milanese band at some point — when I tried one on in the store, I couldn’t get over how good it felt on the wrist. But sadly, mine isn’t coming until June. Womp womp.

Ren: Do you have a watch face you really want to try? I’m partial to Astronomy, which lets you preview the rotation of the Earth, moon, and stars by spinning the Digital Crown. Such a fun way to fidget.

Peter: Mickey Mouse. Brings me right back to childhood; I got a Mickey Mouse watch when I was very young, and would hold it to my ear to listen to it tick-tock.

Ally: Not yet. I think I’ll have to play with all of them for a bit before I decide which one suits me best. But I can tell you already that I don’t think I’ll find Mickey to be very informative.

Ren: What are you most excited about for the Watch? For me, it’s a three-way tie for me between notifications, exercise and activity options, and Apple Pay on my wrist. I’m looking forward to seeing how I can dampen down my daily stream of useless notifications and focus on only those that are useful to me, and I’m also hoping there’s some sort of tap customization there — harder taps for unignorable people like VIPs, for instance. And I’ve already talked at length about my excitement for using the Apple Watch while playing and coaching derby.

Peter: Activity and exercise is the main reason I’m interested in the Apple Watch on day one, to be frank. But the thing that excites me the most is not what the Apple Watch will do straight out of the box: It’s what’s to come.

Ally: I’ve never been a big watch person but if the Apple Watch can help me be more healthy, I’m all for it. I have been wearing fitness trackers rather consistently for over a year and have lost over 40 pounds. If it can keep me on this same track plus do more without being just another distraction, I’ll be happy with my purchase.

Ren: What are you least excited about? I’m a little worried about app management and having too many tiny icons floating around on my screen.

Ally: The fact that no one but you or me will be sending animated emojis for a good while. Insert animated thumbs down here

Peter: As selfish as it sounds, I’m least excited about having to show the watch off to everyone who’s gonna notice it on my wrist. I’m kind of hoping that Apple’s caught up with demand by the time I get mine, though I’m sure there’s still going to be some novelty there for a while, just as there was with the iPhone 6.

Ren: Any third-party app you’re most excited to try? I think Twitterrific’s new Watch app looks awesome, as does Yelp’s and ETA’s. I’m just pumped in general for the onslaught of applications and what they’ll do for my day-to-day. Like the iPhone, I’m sure there will be a lot of out-of-the-gate duds, but also some apps that could possibly reinvent some of my workflows — and that prospect is genuinely thrilling.

Peter: Twitterrific will be great, I’m sure. I’m really looking forward to Clear for the Apple Watch too — Realmac’s to do list manager. I’m curious to see how the Starwood hotels app will work for unlocking rooms and such. Beyond that, I’m taking a bit of a wait and see approach, because I have to figure out what’s going to work best for me.

Ally: I’m excited for hotels and boarding passes, even though I’m not convinced these tiny boarding passes actually work. I’ve tried with larger versions on my iPhone and they grunt and complain. I can’t wait for the angry eyes when I hold up a watch face.

Ren: Any extra accessories or cases you have your eye on? I’m probably going to get an Apple Watch charging stand at some point, because I know otherwise I’m going to just lose my cable under a cabinet somewhere, but otherwise Dodocase’s stands look like they’re going to be something special, and I’m curious to try them out.

Peter: I’ll probably pick up a spare charging cable at the very least. As far as stands go, I’m a fan of how Twelve South’s HiRise for Apple Watch looks and would like to get my hands on one.

Ally: I have my eye on the same stand Peter does. So hey Peter, hands off!

Check back tomorrow morning for more fun launch day coverage! And got a question (or just want to show off your new Watch)? Chime in with a comment!

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