An Apple Watch with stainless steel link bracelet is seen at an Apple Store on April 10, 2015 in Palo Alto, California.
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By Dan Kedmey
April 23, 2015

Some Apple Watch customers who girded themselves for months of waiting are getting a surprise update to their orders this week: The delivery status changed from “processing” to “preparing for shipment.”

“We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected,” an Apple spokesperson confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on how many customers would be on the receiving end of these surprise deliveries, only adding that orders would be fulfilled based on “available supply.”

The announcement comes as pockets of supply have cropped up in a few channels outside of Apple’s retail stores. A handful of fashion boutiques participating in the launch of the Apple Watch have advertised that stocks would be available in store as early as Friday, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, some Apple Watch iOS developers recently got exclusive access to a spare supply of blue Apple Sport Watches, guaranteed to ship by April 28. The announcements underscore that for Apple and its customers alike, available supply is a moving target.

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