New Apple Watch Bands Come With a New Way to View Them

Watch Band tool

Apple spent a short amount of time during its March 21 announcement to discuss the Apple Watch. While nothing is changing within the internals of the watch, the company introduced new bands. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that one in three users like to change watch bands. I myself have three bands, but I tend to stick with the Milanese Loop. Speaking of the Milanese Loop (after all, the event was introduced with the tagline "Let us loop you in") Apple now offers a Space Black version. The Milanese Loop has always been my favorite, because it is infinitely adjustable, as your wrist expands and contracts throughout the day, due to temperature, pressure, activity, etc. It is nice to see a black option, although I was surprised Apple didn't also add gold and rose gold. I've written about third parties who offer knockoffs in such colors, at much more affordable prices.

New Watch Bands

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Apple also introduced more vibrant Fluoroelastomer Sport colors, like yellow. Apple added a new look as well, featuring two-tone nylon bands with a traditional clasp. While these new bands might make it harder to choose, Apple created an interactive gallery web page that makes it easier to choose. You can select a watch case, band, and face, in a seemingly endless array of choices, to create the look that's right for you. While most of Apple's new products won't be available to order until March 24 and won't ship until March 31, many (but not all) of these new bands and Apple Watch configurations can be ordered immediately and ship within one business day.

Apple Watch Bands

Nothing else changed about the Apple Watch, except perhaps the most significant item: its price. Apple has dropped the price of the Apple Watch to a more palatable $299 starting point. This is on par with some higher-end Android Watches like the newer Moto 360 and could put even more downward pressure on the competition. Apple already is the number-one smartwatch maker and this should only cement that position.

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