Band swapping not possible with Apple Watch Sport model; entrepreneurs crushed

Band swapping not possible with Apple Watch Sport model; entrepreneurs crushed
A little confusion on Apple's part had led many to expect that the Apple Watch Sport would be arriving with two bands out of the box. As a result, enterprising individuals opened websites designed to help facilitate trading your extra band for another one of a different color and size. One such site called BandSwapper, will send you a self-addressed envelope for you to send your extra band in. You would then receive a replacement band in the color and size you requested by return mail from BandSwapper.

But there is a major hiccup in this plan. While Apple has said that two bands would be in the box, there are actually three separate band pieces included with the watch. When these pieces are assembled, it forms one band for the Apple Watch Sport in either S/M or M/L which will fit all size wrists. Yes, pieces of the band can still be swapped, but the result would be a multi-colored band that would not look as pleasing to Apple Watch Sport owners.

The bottom line is that there are not two complete watch bands in the box, and some entrepreneurs who thought that they could ride the Apple gravy train will actually have to disembark earlier than they had hoped. BandSwapper was hoping to charge $6 for each transaction. The site has fought back with tweets saying that "speculation is not confirmation," but that is a last-second desperation move. Too many reliable sources have already confirmed that only one complete band comes with the Apple Watch Sport.


source: TechCrunch

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90 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Seems like apple lied a little bit here. They just want people to buy their watch ediiton or the regular one.

8. seven7dust unregistered

No lies , just mis-information , Eitherway Apple watch 2nd gen will probably fix all the probs, the gen 1 is not perfect this time ,same with the iPad gen 1 remember.

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Have you tried one out? If you haven't I'd advise you do.

29. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh stop with the "it's a gen 1" excuse, you're still paying money for it, you should be getting what you pay for, whether gen 1 or onwards. I swear I have no idea what is wrong with iFans, constantly rationalizing missing functions with "it'll be in the next generation." Well you don't have the next gen right now do you? And when it does get released you have to pay again for what you were supposed to get last year...

40. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Exactly what functions is it missing. Last I checked, reviews said it had to many functions. I actuall agree about the gen 1 talk. I played with them today at the Apple Store and it was absolutely great! I opened maps,etc to see what reviewers were talking about as far as it being slow, etc.The thing is fluid and fast as can be. I had to go into the setting and see if it was on something higher than ver. 1.0. It was also no thicker than my current Kenneth Cole watch. If you got the money and want the watch, I say go to the Apple Store and play with one. I guarantee it will get ordered

45. sgodsell

Posts: 7425; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When you have to pay $550-$600 for the stainless steel Apple watch with a rubberized band, then the majority of the population will not be buying the Apple watch. That is a guarantee. The aluminum is $350-$400 with a rubberized band. The vast majority of smart watches currently on the market come with better materials and are under the $300 mark.

50. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! Apple watch is sold out dude. That batch alone has surpassed your so called cheaper watches. What you mean is, you wish no one will buy the Apple watch because you are a bu**hurt robot!

55. engineer-1701d unregistered

And I bet pie people will return it as soon as they find out about the straps after 3 weeks when they finally very it, also it depends on your carrier and if you have other Bluetooth devices heavy use on a older iPhone will have a hard time loading all these apps to the watch

69. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

You seem to have trouble grasping the concept that "Sold Out" doesn't mean "Sold out because they made enough for majority of the world". If I made a product, kept 10 in stock and sold that 10 and declare it "Sold Out", does that mean it's popular? Same here except on a wider scale.

79. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The Moto 360 sold out as well. Unless they give numbers, selling out means nothing.

60. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why doesn't it have a phone. Samsung was ragged for the original Gear having to be tied to a phone. But I have yet to see one blog say that Apple Watch should lose points for not being a standalone product. Apple should have jumped right in with a cellular enabled watch and beat Samsung, but no they chose to sell you some garbae. The Gear S, is only 299, it and does more than the stupid Apple Watch. Are you going to type on that tiny screen? Yet people blasted the Gear saying the display is to big. Apple is going to blind you to read a text message on that tiny frikking display. This isn't a smartwatch, it a piece of jewelry that so happens ot have a small computer inside. Understand what a "smartwatch" is suppose to mean. What did "smart" do for our phones? What did "smart" do for hard drives? What does "smart" do for cars? Apple watch is jewelry first. After all, why do you need a watch that costs $10,000 when the computer inside only costs $100? That's like putting 30" rims on a Honda. It should share many features of my phone, but it should have features that work independent of the phone. This watch is just a screen for you wrist to see what you iPhone is getting just like the original Gear. I'm not gonna juts pick on Apple. I bought the original Gera and it was a complete waste of money. The Gear S is worth 299. Sure its function over form. But that's the point, its a computer and it should sorta look like one. If it looks like jewelry, works like jewelry, then its jewelry A Rolex costs $10,000 not because it has watch hands and precisions Swiss made parts inside. It cost $10,000 because its jewelry. It has diamonds and gold. The Apple Watch doesn't carry the mystique and craftsmanship of a Swiss time piece or a Rolex. Its a frikkin computer and that is its primary function. If you have to sacrifice capability for looks with every product you make, you are basically selling a handicapped product that forces people to keep buying new. How do you guys keep supports this...lol

67. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Because it's Apple...even their fans don't know what they're supposed to be buying. A watch? Jewelry? A smart device? Apple is trying to market the Apple watch as all of that, even though they would never go together. It's like trying to sell a chocolate coated Apple (Pun uninteded) by saying it taste like high end chocolate while having the same health benefits of a regular Apple. It doesn't on both counts, and both points can never be together in the same product. Same for the Apple Watch. All the fans know is that it's from Apple and it's a status symbol.

37. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Apple definitely did this on purpose so why would they "fix" this. This will drive people to buy higher price modules and spend more money at apple. Apple execs always ask each other, *how can we get more money out of our cuaromers

41. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

and what execs don't ask that question? Or are you of the assumption that every other business, is a non-profit?

82. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Small fix to the above, "how to get the most cash from our customers but without giving them nothing for it"

52. engineer-1701d unregistered

Singing a different tune now aren't we seven

19. QWERTYslider unregistered

Apple is a lying company that continues to rip people off any deny them options and 3rd party support? I am so shocked.

51. engineer-1701d unregistered

Lol hahaha the day just got so much better how many people are gonna get a watch they can't change the band on

80. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

So much debate on the color of a band! What else can we expect from apple anyhow. It concentrates only in aesthetics and beautification rather than utility and is very restrictive

92. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

well...looking at renders on apple sites that would be false, the bands are exchangeable

88. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Typical Apple bashing. "Lied"? Really?

2. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This is hilarious lol where are the iSheeps that kept bragging about how they were gonna buy different straps to pimp their Apple Watch cheap edition? For $179, i can get a circular smartwatch, and i can rock it with every possible strap is out there, for friction of what an Apple strap would cost.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A circular smartwatch that isn't entirely round and has $80 bands with buggy software.

13. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Please tell me about this buggy software that happens to be on anything not apple? Lol terrible troll u are.

38. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Moto 360 is the exact example of how Android isn't optimized for circular smartwatch.

27. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Buggy? The Apple watch is such a mess operation wise they should replace Mickey mouse with a cockroach.

30. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

I'm sorry but that comment was just plain stupid

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7425; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I thought his comment was funny.

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So is this watch.

56. engineer-1701d unregistered

What are you talking about buggy software, it's sad when apple fans start grasping for any reason to make it sound good to get there apple fix

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