One of the notable absentees of CES every year is Apple. It doesn't attend and lets others take the limelight for the first couple of weeks each year while it plans its own major events for new products and software builds.

The next of those will be in March, where it traditionally follows Mobile World Congress with its own media shindig in San Francisco and we can fully expect to see the long awaited launch of the Apple Watch. At least, according to employee training courses, which have been revealed to staff.

Apple-centric site 9to5Mac claims that several sources have told it that staff will attend Watch training courses in the US from 9 to 16 February. Those who attend will then be asked to train other staff immediately prior to the actual release date.

Apple has always said that its first smartwatch would be released in "early 2015" and further suggestions had put it as "spring" but this is the most solid indication yet that it would be in March. Previous rumours had even suggested that the Watch might slip to later in the year.

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The Apple Watch will come in three flavours, with a Sport and premium Edition version to join the more conventional one. Prices are still yet to be officially revealed - all we know at present is that the range will start at $349 (around £230).

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