Is Click the answer to cheaper bands?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Downs2011, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Downs2011 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2013
    Maryland, USA
    Hey everyone, i'm not sure if this has been addressed yet but I saw these on kickstarted and thought they seemed pretty cool. I honestly don't mind paying Apples price for their bands but it would be nice to have a few for play especially if we could use any 22mm band. Please check it out! I would love to hear what you guys and gals think!
  2. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    The Apple Watch is to be enjoyed... Just wear it. Dings and scratches give it unique character.
  3. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    If you wait a couple months, there will more alternate choices of bands and adapters than you can comprehend. Wouldn't surprise me if the big manufacturers actually start shipping before the kickstarter guys, too. Remember, the kickstarter guys can't start selling an adapter until they get a watch in their possession to take accurate measurements.
  4. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Good idea and execution! Not sure what size my bands are though so for now I'll see what the market has to offer. Is 22mm standard for most male bands?
  5. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    I have fallen out of love with kickstarter..and indiegogo too..after being burnt on a couple of projects.

    Now I just wait until someone actually has product, and as has been said, their will be a raft of bands, adaptors and connectors available within a few months of the watch release.

    By that time you'll know how the watch fits, what sort of band you really want to enhance the fit, and be in the best position to make a choice.
  6. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    There doesn't seem to be any technical limitation to other making bands that fit the Apple Watch. Unless Apple has some kind of patent on the connector (likely) and will actually try to keep them off the market (We shall see) the market will be flooded with alternate bands from cheap $10 things from china all the way up to designer stuff in the thousand dollar range.
  7. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    Alligator watch band here I come :D
    Now to hunt that baby seal and skin it for the ultimate watch band. I'm hoping that there is no Apple restriction on 3rd party bands. If they start banning the band click mechanism due to patents, it's going to limit their market for the product.
  8. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Apple definitely has design patents on the shape of the band where it attaches to the watch.

    I haven't seen anyone mention a regular patent on the mechanism, but the design patents are probably enough to allow Apple to block unlicensed imitators. Except for imitators who are too small to notice, or who operate in countries that don't enface patent laws.

    The Kickstarted organizers aren't risking their own money, so they may not be too worried about patent risks.

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