Apple Watch pre-orders won't allow you to customize watch bands and cases

If you want to customize your Apple Watch you might have to purchase an additional band from the online Apple Watch Store

If you want to customize your Apple Watch you might have to purchase an additional band from the online Apple Watch Store


If you have a specific case and band combination that you want to pre-order for the Apple Watch starting on April 10 (when reservations will start being accepted), better move on to Plan B. According to a published report on Monday, Apple is limiting pre-orders to combinations of cases and bands already put together by Apple in pre-determined collections found online in the Apple Watch Store.

That doesn't mean that you can't get what you want. But to do so, it will cost you extra. For example, if you have your heart set on a silver aluminum case and a black band, you will have to buy the latter separately and swap out the band yourself. To make this clear, any combination of case and band that is not explicitly listed in a collection will require you to pay extra for the band that you want. That is Plan B.

If you want to see the combinations that you will be able to pre-order starting on April 10th, click on the sourcelink to go to the Apple Watch Store. Additional bands will be priced from $49 for the 38mm Sport Band, to $449 for the 42mm Link Bracelet.

The Apple Watch is expected to launch on April 24th, and it appears that the officially sanctioned pairings of cases and bands will also carry over to the physical Apple Store as well. This could be simply a matter of Apple trying to make things as simple as possible for the first launch of its smartwatch. While it does make ordering the Apple Watch easier, and also helps streamline the process for Apple, it is being done at the customer's expense, literally.


source: AppleWatchStore, iMore via RedmondPie

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14 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It sucks, so no problem!

3. seven7dust unregistered

well most smart watches do suck , Atleast the Apple watch has more functionality/apps.

4. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Tell me again how it has more functionality than a samsung gear s?

5. Sauce5 unregistered

Don't get your fanboy feelings hurt, just do some research.

7. seven7dust unregistered

well it doesn't run Tizen so I would call that a feature. only buy a gear S if your dumb enough to pinch zoom on a watch ,or scroll endlessly with a finger.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Really? More apps. Such a liar. So where are all these apps? You know that Android Wear has been out for some time now. There are thousands of apps already for Android Wear. Pebble has thousands as well. Not to mention the Apple smart watches require the app to run on Apple smart phone. Where as Android Wear can have apps run standalone or on the phone. Something that the Apple watch cannot do. Sounds like less functionality to me for the Apple smart watches.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple watch has more functionality, are you serious? Apple watch sucks big time when compared to others, this watch has almost no functionality! Typical an apple fanboy who's eyes are blinded by this Evil Cultish Fruit!

10. seven7dust unregistered

look at the apps already available , iPod features n fitness features , plus third party accessories enough said. Apple watch will have more than all the other smartwatch operating systems combined. So in others words Apple watch might suck at launch , but it will suck less than others.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Does Apple pay you to pump up the lie's? Clearly you are showing your ignorance, and have never looked at any other platform, except your Apple love, which has clearly blinded you.

14. seven7dust unregistered

wait for the reviews , you'll see what I'm talking about , Apple watch is more about apps n functionality than moto 360. just wait and see for yourself Apple watch has more features than a Moto 360. Gear watches have been in the market for 2 years but haven't really taken off , even samsung is confused as to which O.S to use, anything with Tizen is not cutting it for the average user. either way Apple haters will keep complaining , like they did with the iPad for example.

2. seven7dust unregistered

the only one worth buying is the sport version... cause of the iPod and fitness functionality {even then 399$ is pushing it}. everything else is overpriced for what the watch offers, bitter truth coming from a Apple fan.

6. Sauce5 unregistered

No doubt about that. Second generation and beyond will become even better and better though. For now, I will be using my Moto 360 with my iPhone.

11. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Practically all functionality in those apps is already available in other smartwatches (such as the Gear S). At the same time, it lacks functionality that some others have.

8. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

its just another way to squeeze more money and more profit from their loyal Apple customers. I was really looking forward to buying an Apple watch until I saw the price. I will not be buying one of these now, and I will be switching to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge as soon as I can afford to do so.

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