Apple releases a ton of new Watch bands to match your spring mood

Apple releases a ton of new Watch bands to match your spring mood
Apple Watch has long become the world's most worn wearable, and the most popular watch, sending the Swiss timepiece industry into doldrums in the process. Apple is intent to keep the flame alive, though, any way it can, and just outed a full set of jazzy new bands in the "vibrant colors of spring." While the nor'easter begs to differ with those elitists from the West Coast whether spring has come or not, the bands are on sale together with a litany of new models, from the lowly Sport straps, to exclusive Hermès ones.

In addition, Apple announced new band and casing combos for the LTE-laden Watch Series 3 in more countries around the globe, like a new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Loop, or with Nike Sport Loop models. Those will be fresh pop-ups in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK. 

Prices start at $49 for the Sport, Sport Loop and Woven Nylon bands, go through the Classic Buckle at $149, and end up with the new Hermès Single Tour Rallye at $439, and its so-called Double Tour at the whopping $489. No wonder the Hermès ones are ripe with knockoffs.

source: Apple



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wait a week and you can get them through Amazon for less than $10.

2. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Don't be a cheapskate, the quality on fakes in nowhere near as good as the originals.

5. fyah_king unregistered

Really? Then why is the original bending and paint chipping on their phones?lol

16. gamehead unregistered

Or just get a third party one altogether

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh my god. This is brillaint, if Apple can actually get their users to spend upwards of 500$ just to have a different looking band. I personally wouldn't believe that anyone would be daft enough to spend so much for a simple piece of fabric or leather, just for a different looking band, but obviously Apple's consumers will, or Apple wouldn't market this. Apple knows their demographic. It's not surprisingly that Apple has huge profit margins, if they can get people to pay this much for something so simple.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

TechSceptic the Apple hater strikes again. You have literally done this for months on end now. Stop spending your life on hating on a company that has done nothing to you, other than being the opposition to the brand your overly loyal to. It's just sad to watch.

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Apple hater? I don't think your comprehension is great, as that is exactly the opposite of what i did in my reply. I didn't hate on Apple, but i would love to see you quote me on where i did, in the message you responded to. This is what i wrote: "This is brillaint, if Apple can actually get their users to spend upwards of 500$ just to have a different looking band." I'm literally calling this move by Apple brilliant. How is that hating? I'm literally saying that this is a brilliant way for them to get a lot of money, while exerting a minimal amount of effort. That's exactly what a company aims for. Profits. I hate on every single company, if they do something which i find awful. If you disagree, then you can just counter my arguments, as my replies are always long and filled with explanations as to why i say the things i do. I dislike Sony for removing the headphone jack, just like i disliked Apple, Motorola and Google for doing the same. I like the companies that choose to keep a feature which i see no reason to remove, as it's a very fundamental feature and it has no good replacement. Do you find that unfair? That leaves LG and Samsung, but LG has outdated software and a horrible history of hardware failures. Thereby, the only one left is Samsung. That's one example of how i think, and i don't see any faulths with the logic.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"That leaves LG and Samsung, but LG has outdated software and a horrible history of hardware failures." And Samsung doesn't have a history of both as well? Have you so casually forgotten the Note 7 fiasco? Has the fact it took SIX MONTHS for Samsung to roll out Oreo not effected your perception of the software prowess (lol never thought I'd put Samsung and software prowess in the same sentence before now) and ability to deliver proper updates on time? Seems like you're not being genuine at all.

12. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Samsung had a single case of hardware failure with the Note 7, but other than that they've had a relatively great record, even compared to someone like Apple, who has had more known scandals than Samsung. Are we going to act like they didn't also just have a major battery scandal? The only difference between the two is that Samsung owed up to it. They let people send it in for free, gave them a full refund and then bonuses ontop of that. What did Apple do? They lowered the price on battery replacements a little, meaning you were still paying them to fix an issue they caused. Samsung has always been slow with updates, but so has essentially every other android manufacturer out there, who doesn't have stock android. Google is the only ones who has shown a history of actually delivering updates in good time. But let's not act like Samsung doesn't actually support their devices. The security updates for Samsung phones are monthly, and they will be coming to you monthly for 3 years, as Samsung has proven with phones like my S6 edge, which still receives updates. Not many android manufacturers can live up to that, especially not LG, which still has their LG V20 on Nouget and an outdated security patch. So yes, Samsung is slower with OS updates, as they have a lot of phones and a heavy skin, but you do receive it. Samsung also promises at least 2 OS updates, which they have proven to provide, as proven with the S6 phones. Once again, that's something LG has shown that they don't provide. So please tell me how i'm being illogical when choosing Samsung based on those parameters, as the only one who has proven to be able to rival Samsung with long term support on the android side is Google, which doesn't have a headphone jack.

14. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Sorry but are you equating the Note 7 issue and the battery shutdown issue? Samsung released dangerous devices and didn’t own up to it or even apologise until it was dead and buried, Apple was pretty aggressive with the throttling initially but I think they’ve struck a good balance now (not saying that’s not shady). The fact Samsung owned up to it isn’t “the only difference between the two”, Samsung released a dangerous product which seriously injured somebody and then they tried to cover it up.

7. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

It's an Hermes band, I doubt Apple had much say on the pricing of those bands as its done through a partnership.

10. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I do believe Apple had something to say, as i think Apple are the ones holding all the cards here. Hermes is going to benefit exponentially from being tied to the Apple watch, as Apple sells a lot of units. If Hermes dislike the conditions of the deal, do you really think Apple wouldn't be able to find a good alternative? There are a ton of companies that can supply good leather bands. Apple isn't going to sell them on the cheap tho, as i'm sure they also benefit from selling the more expensive bands.

15. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Actually yes you’re probably right, I reckon Hermes probably wanted to charge more. Look at how much Hermes handbag straps are, you can spend upwards of £1000 on a handbag strap so £500 for one of their products is fairly reasonable.

17. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

£500 for a tiny band made out of leather is reasonable? You've got to be kidding me. How on earth is that reasonable? You can buy high-end smartphones for less.

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