Space Grey Bands - Possible Cause

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by leeingham, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. leeingham macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2015
    Birmingham, UK
    Have heard on the grapevine the reason for the "delays" are due to peeling. Ive heard this a number of times from various people. Fingers crossed its sorted ASAP if it IS true.
  2. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    The bands peeling? :confused:
  3. eifer macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
  4. leeingham thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2015
    Birmingham, UK
    Im assuming the rubber is peeling off the under coating at a guess....
  5. iWot macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2015
    Please give more info on this grapevine - twitter? facebook? instagram? another site?
  6. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    He already said.... the grapevine! sheesh :rolleyes:
  7. Nahhhhh, Apr 26, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2015

    Nahhhhh macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2015
    My 42 mm space grey band starting peeling yesterday

    Attached Files:

  8. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    We probably would see more complaints about this, but unfortunately most people don't have their SG yet. Maybe Apple noticed this last minute. It is strange how most SG and pinks aren't shipping. I haven't seen anyone receive their pink yet.
  9. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2011
    Yikes! Ok maybe I'm glad I don't have mine yet in this case. Even if it's a small percentage of the black bands have this issue, quality control rules will most likely require stop production once the problem is noted and will discard the batch until more are made post-correction. This could definitely cause delays.
  10. applepie2100 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    If that's going to be an issue with the black bands I'm glad I ditched my order for an SS/Classic Buckle instead!
  11. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    How would they find something like this out last minute?
  12. Slim Boy Fat macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    For a brand new product that is horrendous. What happened to testing? Glad I have now ordered a 42mm AWS with blue band and one with white band as well as my 42mm AWS SG with black band. Whichever comes first is the keeper!
  13. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    If all bands are made of the same material, why would this only plague the black? Or are the others just doing the same without notice?
  14. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    I think this qualifies for POS

    And I can probably kiss May goodbye, hello June august.
  15. mr.anthonyramos macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2015
    Hong Kong
    Wow, that looks pretty bad. Have you tried contacting Apple about the issue?
  16. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
    Wow.,,just wow
  17. rritterson macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    DC USA
    Does anyone know why the bands are coated? I wonder if the production error is the coating itself and not the peeling. Perhaps the coat is in incomplete or too complete cure, too much mold release, or something else...
  18. Appleturnover, Apr 26, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2015

    Appleturnover macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2014
    Vancouver, Canada
    Yes, I have the same issue. Check out my thread:

    On hold with an Apple Senior Adviser. Will let you know what happens.
  19. DRDR macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Common problem with rubber coatings?

    Ok, guys and girls, I had this problem once with a case whose outer shell was coated with rubber: Within days some kind of skin started peeling, totally independently from use.

    It looks like this problems does happen from time to time. When it happened to me I did some research and it looked like it was a chemical that means a manufacturing problem.

    E.g. Nokia, Lenovo and Sony have been affected by similiar problems:

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    Jan 23, 2005
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  21. BSben macrumors 6502a

    May 16, 2012
    I heard that the sport bands are good with sweat and fat from the skin, but react badly to cleaning agents. So it should be best to only clean them with water. If that is true that would be not that great. I am sure we will find out in due course.
  22. Trent0341 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007
    I assume when you guys say space grey you mean black? Or did I just miss a complete color of band.

    I have the black band... no issues with it so far. Fingers are crossed!
  23. albertsw macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2012
    It seems safe to say that the black sport band is the reason for delays. From what I've seen both the SG with the black sport band and the SS with black sport band seem to be the most delayed models. Hopefully if this really is the cause for the delays apple can fix this issue quickly.
  24. Fractology macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2015
    You've been on hold for a while now, buddy...Any updates, or was the call not fruitful?

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