Apple to Debut New Apple Watch Sport Bands at September 9 Event

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At its upcoming iPhone-centric event on September 9, Apple will debut new Apple Watch Sport bands in a variety of new colors, MacRumors can confirm. News of the new bands was shared by 9to5Mac this morning, and we've also been hearing similar rumors about Apple's plans to introduce additional band options.

    It is not clear what colors Apple is planning to introduce, but it's possible the company will focus on darker colors to complement the neon-like shades of the existing Apple Watch Sport bands, which come in bright pink, green, and blue, along with black and white.

    Apple has already produced Sport Bands in additional colors, which were initially shown off by Jony Ive at the Milan Design Week in April shortly before the Apple Watch launched. At that event, he displayed a selection of bands in red, orange, yellow, blue, and several nude shades.


    Apple has also provided several celebrities with custom Apple Watch Sport bands in unique colors. Former professional rugby player Will Carling received a red Apple Watch Sport band, while director J.J. Abrams was given a custom navy blue Sport band.

    Along with introducing new Apple Watch bands, iPhones, and the revamped Apple TV, Apple may also announce sales of the Apple Watch in additional countries, including Austria, Denmark, and India. We'll also hear more about watchOS 2 at Apple's iPhone event, with Apple providing a launch date for the new operating system update.

    Article Link: Apple to Debut New Apple Watch Sport Bands at September 9 Event
  2. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
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    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Wow, new sport bands! Who would've thought! Woo hoo!
  4. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Hmm, those flesh-toned straps would go great with an Watch port of the transparent Pebble watch face.

  5. dilap macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2014
    London, UK
  6. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
  7. macpeach55 macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
    Germany, & the Rest of the known World
    Yeah, Watch Straps are so special, I will be up all night waiting for the launch :rolleyes:
  8. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    Even more choice! So much for the days of being simple where you only had to chose your storage!
  9. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Wouldn't mind a (Product) Red strap, hopefully one is announced!
  10. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    I hope they were racially diverse.
  11. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    The colors in that photo are perfect for fall. I would get the red or orange one in a heartbeat.
  12. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    All the new bands in the world will not change the fact that the watch itself is just too bulky and thick. In the case of a watch thinner is better.
  13. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yeah like this:

  14. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
    No way this will happen! The logistics to make different colored bands are astronomical. No way the process of adding a different colored dye to rubber and selling it for $49 could be feasible for Apple.
  15. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
  16. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    I do hope they realise that dropping the price would most likely increase demand for them, they are currently far too expensive for what they are actually do. $20-30 would be much more realistic and reasonable cost.
    Would like a black and also acted strap.
  17. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Apple should set the price of Sport Bands at $29. They would still make a lot of money but I think that price point would sell a lot more bands and get people swapping them out with their clothing selection. As it stands now I might buy a red or gray band. But if they dropped the price I would probably buy red, one of the new blue variations, gray, and perhaps a Mizzou style gold (think Livestrong yellow) if it were available. It just seems like $29 is more trivial for customization.

    I think Apple could make a lot of money if they released collections available for a set period of time. They could have the standard collection which is always available and has the staple colors. But if they offered them for a limited time at a lower price, people would be more willing to pick up a band or two when they visit the Apple Store or wherever. They also really need to unveil some new styles for higher-tier bands. I think customization is going to be a big source of income for the Apple Watch line once people start collecting. Limited runs and a slightly lower price point would encourage that.
  18. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    Still think that should sell the watch without a band (at a lower price) and then people can get whichever band they want. I for one wanted an sliver aluminum sport but with the black sport band. In order to do so I would have to buy white, blue, green, or pink and then purchase a black band separately.
  19. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    New straps? How about a new watch instead? Preferably one that doesn't take 10+ seconds to load the weather app.
  20. Jd3774life macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2013
    Kansas City
    I agree with the $29 price point. At $50 it just seems too high to be an item that I buy because I want a different color... at $50 I would need mine to break in order to replace it. At $29 I would probably be tempted to add another to my collection every time I swing by the apple store. It literally adds no different functionality, it is purely a different look and for no added features I can't justify spending $50 on 2-4 more straps, but I would love to have a few more colors to swap out for holidays or sporting events.
  21. kcirtap00 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2014
  22. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Have you tried one on? It may look thick in the photos but it sits nicely on the wrist and wears no thicker than a decent traditional watch.
  23. thatswhatsup macrumors newbie


    Sep 2, 2015
    New York
    Agreed. they are way too expensive. I'd love to get a few more bands however Apple is pricing people out of tricking out their watches. This is an opportunity here to make them more affordable when they are making these bands at a fraction of the cost they are charging. With lower prices for the bands, customers will be able to change the look and will have a added sense of value for their watches although we still recognize they will be obsolete in two years.
  24. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Are you using a scientifically-determined benchmark? Otherwise, this "fact" is just an opinion.
  25. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Well, if there are no new Macbook Pros this fall, I guess I'll have plenty of money to waste on EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOW in sport bands. Silver linings.

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