With the Olympics approaching, Apple released new Apple Watch Sport Loop bands and faces so people can share their support for their country.
Apple revealed its Apple Watch Pride bands for 2021 – a Braided Solo Loop for US$99 and Nike Edition Sport Loop for US$49.
Every time Apple comes out with a new style of watch band, FOMO tells me to order one. Unfortunately, my wallet often disagrees (and wins that argument), as was the case with Apple’s US$49 Solo Loop and $99 Braided Solo Loop bands introduced this fall. Never fear, though, Amazon to the rescue! There are plenty of companies who sell knockoffs of Apple’s Watch band designs, many of which have proven to be of spectacular quality over the years. The $12 Solo Loop and $20 Braided Solo Loop clones my family found in our Christmas stockings last week were no exception. First, download (and print) Apple’s Solo Loop Watch Band Size Guide, then check ’em out and place your orders. Final step: enjoy!
Just in time for the new Apple Watches released on Tuesday, accessory maker CASETiFY has bands available for the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6. The Printed Saffiano Leather bands give you fully customizable, sweat & scratch-resistant bands, crafted in cruelty-free vegan leather with a textured treatment. Next is the 2-in-1 Italian Leather band, which are genuine leather bands in 3 essential colorways, featuring the world’s first universal adaptor, in single + double straps. Finally, the Metal Link Bracelet is made with premium water-resistant stainless steel, choose from four luxe colorways with our adjustable links.
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Apple unveiled its 2020 Apple Watch Pride Band, as well as a one from Nike, with news faces on the way too via a watchOS update.
Customers need to remove the band on their Apple Watch before going to get the device repaired. If they leave it on, it will no longer be returned. That’s according to update guidance, reported on by Cult of Mac.
It is now explicitly asking customers to remove them. Its new support document warns that any bands sent in will not be returned. Your Apple Watch band and any other accessories that you send won’t be returned, so please remove them before sending your Apple Watch in for service,” read the updated guidelines. Apple also reminds users who own a Link Bracelet band to “remember to separate the link before you remove the band.” In the past, Apple has been known to return accessories, bundled together, when practical. Apple Watch bands would be be reattached, but they would be sent back to the user. It’s possible that practice has now become too time-consuming.
SAN FRANCISCO – Catalyst launched two new products for Apple Watch at Pepcom in San Francisco on Thursday. I visited with the company at the event, and got a look at both. The first is Impact Protection Case for Apple Watch, in both 42mm and 38mm versions. It pops right on and off your Apple Watch and works with different Apple Watch straps. It’s drop proof up to 9.9 feet (3 meters), and comes in a variety of colors, including the blue shown on the left side of the image below. The Catalyst Sports Band for Apple Watch comes in gray, black, green, or the same blue. It’s made with a triangular truss structure to be both strong and lightweight. It also allows the strap to be closed anywhere along it’s length to fit you exactly where you want it (plus it has a double locking clasp). They’re both priced at $39.99, and are available now.
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Apple released the Pride Edition band earlier this month, but clarified this week that some of the proceeds will go to groups supporting the LGBTQ cause.
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Apple reportedly has plans to bring blood glucose monitoring to the Apple Watch, and the company wants to launch a line of specialized function smart watchbands for the device, too. Details—like when the new features will come—are pretty scarce right now, but the idea is interesting.