Apple Removes 14 Apple Watch Bands From Website, Many Others 'Sold Out' Ahead of September Event

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    We're just under one month from Apple's annual September iPhone event, which should also see the debut of the Apple Watch Series 4. Alongside each new edition of the Apple Watch, Apple typically updates its array of band accessories with new colors and styles. Echoing shortages from previous years, it appears that numerous Apple Watch bands have either been removed or are currently unavailable to purchase on Apple.com ahead of next month's event, as spotted by Reddit user ScaniaCB80.

    Apple has long been upfront about its plan to offer seasonal availability of many new Apple Watch bands, with various styles and colors available only for a few weeks before disappearing from its official website. Still, massive removals and shortages like this week's have been a consistent indicator for new band refreshes, as the same events in June 2016, February 2017, and May 2018 have preceded fresh band colors and styles in September 2016, March 2017, and June 2018, respectively.

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    As of this morning, 14 bands across the Sport Loop and Sport Band families have been removed from Apple.com in the United States:

    Sport Loop
    - Marine Green
    - Hot Pink
    - Flashlight
    - Tahoe Blue
    - Midnight Fog (Nike)
    - Cargo Khaki (Nike)
    Sport Band
    - Marine Green
    - Sky Blue
    - Denim Blue
    - Red Raspberry
    - Lemonade
    - Cargo Khaki/Black (Nike)
    - Barely Rose/Pearl Pink (Nike)
    - Black/White (Nike)
    It appears that no other band types have seen removals, but many are sold out:

    Sport Loop
    - Dark Olive
    - Spicy Orange
    - Pearl Pink (Nike)
    - Bright Crimson/Black (Nike, 38mm)

    Sport Band
    - Peach
    - Dark Teal
    - Spicy Orange
    - Pure Platinum/White (Nike)

    Classic Buckle
    - Spring Yellow (42mm)
    - Electric Blue
    - Soft Pink (42mm)

    Woven Nylon
    - Pride (42mm)
    - Pink Stripe
    - Blue Stripe (38mm)
    - Gray Stripe (42mm)
    - Black Stripe (38mm)
    - Spicy Orange Check
    - Berry Check (38mm)
    - Dark Olive Check
    - Midnight Blue Check A large portion of the sold-separately Hermès bands are also unavailable to purchase at this time. As in previous years, the wording for each unavailable model isn't Apple's usual "Currently Unavailable" that typically appears when an item is temporarily out of stock for an undetermined period of time, but a more definitive "Sold Out."

    The Sport Loop now has one of the lowest available stock on Apple.com, with just four colors up for purchase in both 38mm and 42mm sizes. There are still eight colors of the Sport Band available to buy with the usual 2-day shipping estimate, although the Midnight Blue 38mm model is currently seeing a delivery estimate as far back as September 14 - 21 for free shipping.

    In contrast, it appears that all of the Apple Watch Series 3 collections are still available to purchase on Apple.com in the U.S., in both GPS or GPS + Cellular, with the exception of many Hermès collections. This is a bit less common, as the collections (which bundle an Apple Watch case with a pre-determined band) have routinely seen shortages alongside the individual band shortages over the past few years.

    Bands still available to purchase include every version of the Milanese Loop and Link Bracelets, which now date back to the launch of the original Apple Watch in 2015. Apple's more recent band refreshes have shied away from the expensive fashion side of the Apple Watch (which was a selling point of the original), now focusing on fitness and low-cost bands that can survive workouts and other external conditions.

    As usual, stock shortages on Apple.com are far from a definitive confirmation of incoming hardware, but the timing does line up if Apple refreshes the bands next month alongside the Apple Watch Series 4. The new Apple Watch is expected to have a slightly new design with a 15 percent larger display, likely due to minimized bezels.

    Just yesterday, six new Apple Watch model numbers were filed with the Eurasian Economic Commission, further confirming an incoming launch of the Apple Watch Series 4. Although specific hardware details will have to wait for Apple's keynote, as of now it's expected for Apple to continue supporting legacy Apple Watch bands on the Apple Watch Series 4.

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  2. jml1982 macrumors newbie

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    I hope they don't change the compatibility with the watch bands for the new watch, I want them all to still be useable. Also, I like that the screen size will be bigger, but I really want a round watch! It just looks so much better than square/rectangle, in my opinion.
     
  3. mgollaher92 macrumors newbie

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    I hope this doesn't mean that our current bands won't work with gen 4.
     
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    Maybe I shouldn't have left this bit to the very last sentence :D: "Although specific hardware details will have to wait for Apple's keynote, as of now it's expected for Apple to continue supporting legacy Apple Watch bands on the Apple Watch Series 4."
     
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    That would probably be a deal breaker for me... The number of bands I have collected over the years...
     
  6. alpi123 macrumors 6502

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    Circular watch is a classic but the rectangular is what makes Apple's watch recognizable, at least that's what I think. With a round screen, you won't get a lot of room for apps.
     
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    I just think you would pay big time in terms of functionality. You'd still need a rectangle within that circle for square content, like news and messages. And with the new WebKit support, I can't see a circle happening.

    I wonder if Series 5 will have a thinner chassis? That would make me update from my Series 2.

    Anyway, bring on the September event. I'm hyped!
     
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    The current band adapter just works so well theres no need to change it.
     
  9. BMcCoy macrumors 65816

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    Apple love unveiling new watch bands, so whilst the Series 4 will be compatible with previous bands just fine, they'll want to release a load of new designs along with it, for upsell profit!
     
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    Of course. A compatibility dongle will be sold for only $19.99.
     
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    (Mandatory watch bands will take up 20 minutes of the keynote comment) :D
     
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    I’m probably not getting a new phone this year but very much want to upgrade my original Apple Watch to a Series 4. And use all my existing bands.
     
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    "New watch bands! This is what EVERY SINGLE PERSON on MacRumors has been desperately waiting for!"

    Said nobody ever.
     
  14. JPack macrumors 68030

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    Well, there goes the myth that Apple couldn't possibly introduce a new band system with S4.
     
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    Normally Apple puts form over function but I think they were right to go square for the watch. Watches are only round because hands rotate.
     
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    Jeez. Hopefully they bring back some of the old colors soon. Loved the Coffee watch band but I got in on the Apple Watch party too late to pick one up.
     
  17. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601

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    This has happened around the time they announce new watches each year. They're not going to keep carrying more and more bands when new ones are releases. This is no indication that form factor will change.

    Apple is already seeing less and less developers develop for the Apple Watch. A change to a round design (not going to happen) would mean those remaining would have to completely redesign their app. They're unlikely to put that further strain on a group that don't already strongly support the Apple Watch.
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    Should still be able to find it from other resellers. This is just the Apple Store online that doesn't have them in stock. They're also likely still available at your local Apple Store.
     
  18. DeepIn2U macrumors 603

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    Woohooo Sold my Watch S3 Nike+ yesterday. I can wait 2 months before upgrading :D
     
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    I'm in the market to get a new band or two and I was underwhelmed by apple's offerings. I'm hoping to see some vibrant colors
     
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    This is a great sign actually. If the new watch wouldn’t use the same bands, there would be no need to phasing out all these colours
     
  21. gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

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    Ugh... Apple is breaking me.. new MacBook.. want a new iPad pro.. new Apple Watch.. new Mac mini.. and the new iPhone...
     
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    So current bands won’t work with new series 4?
     
  24. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000

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    The problem with round watches is the content/text at the top and bottom of the face gets jeopardized.
     
  25. wigby macrumors 65816

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    Apple put function over form but that doesn't mean most watch wearers do the same. These same people all have phones and certainly do not need a watch to tell them the time as they are obviously more interested in watches as jewelry and style. Personally, I like the way both round and rectangular faces look but i especially appreciate the function that rectangular faces offer.
     

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