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Apple today updated its Sport Bands designed for the Apple Watch with new summer colors that include Seafoam, Vitamin C, Linen Blue, and Coastal Gray.

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The new bands, which are priced at $49 each like other Sport Bands, can be purchased from Apple's online store and the bands should also be in Apple retail stores that are open in the near future. The bands are available in both 40 and 44mm size options.

Apple refreshes its Apple Watch band color options on a regular basis, renewing the available shades with each season. Often these refreshes come at events, and today's release comes just two weeks ahead of Apple's digital WWDC 2020 event.

Apple is continuing to offer the Sport Band in other colors that were made available earlier this year, and there appear to be no other band refreshes at this time.

Article Link: Apple Releases Apple Watch Sport Bands in New Summer Colors
 

Veinticinco

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Vitamin C 🤣💀
Looks just like the orange Hermes strap tbh. The Sport loop “Vitamin C” strap however is gorgeous, grey with bright orange trim.

As for the others, nothing really new just shades of previous colours. I do like the name “seafoam” though, really sets of my beach withdrawal symptoms right now 😔
 
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zubikov

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Wow these colors are so lame. I'm sorry, but paying $50 for colors you don't necessarily love? And all third party manufacturers are prohibited by copyright from using the same material and design.

At a minimum Apple should make dozens of colors available, and only sell the watch in a handful of colors.
 

poematik13

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Apple makes a killing off these bands. It probably cost them $1 to make one of these bands

You're forgetting (or you just don't know, actually) about the costs for tooling and setting up the machines to stamp these out, plus sourcing the color dyes, and of course the R&D involved to come up with the colors and the band design and also marketing and logistics costs. It's an 8 figure $ operation at the very least.

All in all the margin is probably around 20-25%, typical for retail products
 

ian87w

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Don't have an Apple watch. I always wonder how comfortable are those silicone bands. I just cannot imagine having a silicone material in prolonged contact with my skin (+sweat and stuff).

I could be wrong though. :)
 

Tom_Aatje

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Apple makes a killing off these bands. It probably cost them $1 to make one of these bands

I have to say though, I've bought the chinese clone bands in the past and they don't compare. I don't know what type of material Apple uses but it's not cheap silicone and it lasts forever.
I have some vulcanised rubber straps for my regular watches and it kind of compares to that.
 

Relentless Power

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Wow these colors are so lame. I'm sorry, but paying $50 for colors you don't necessarily love?.

Who is it exactly you’re speaking for? No need to apologize for something you don’t have interest in, when others do. Colors are entirely personable different to everyone. It doesn’t make them ‘lame.’


At a minimum Apple should make dozens of colors available, and only sell the watch in a handful of colors.

They already have. Apples sport bands have had loads of different color options over the years. They release them in different segments usually around WWDC and in the fall. Since you clearly don’t know, they typically release certain Seasonal colors, retire previous ones with new colors like you’re seeing now.
 

satchmo

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Glad we have a gray option again.

It's unfortunate the grey band that came with the AW3 launch is no longer available. That was a great match with space grey aluminum.

BTW, are all pins on these sport bands silver or space grey? They kind of look in between.
 

Relentless Power

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I have to say though, I've bought the chinese clone bands in the past and they don't compare. I don't know what type of material Apple uses but it's not cheap silicone and it lasts forever.

Actually, It’s not silicone at all, it’s ‘fluoroelastomer‘.

A bit of background on this specific material:

Fluoroelastomer comes from the two words "fluorinated" and "elastomer". Fluoroelastomers are famous for their durability resistance to heat, oils, solvents and fuels. It is not a material that will stretch out easily, get damaged by extreme heats, or get deformed by being excessively sweat on. Flueroastamer is literally indestructible. Flueroastamer can also be less prone to causing skin reactions over rubber for some.

Where as rubber, doesn't have the same compound and durability as Flueroastamer does. Totally two different materials, even if they look Or feel the same
 
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