Third Party Bands Coming Soon

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by applegeek01, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. applegeek01, Mar 10, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015

    applegeek01 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
  2. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    "The big draw for third-party bands will be the ability for customers to purchase the entry-level $349 Sport model and upgrade to a stainless steel or leather band for much less than Apple’s official bands."

    I like that! Especially since I've decided on the Sport Watch :D
  3. imnick macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2015
    I'm hoping for someone to put out a brown leather band for the space gray sports watch to look something like this.

  4. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    As long as third party bands aren't somehow restricted by Apple (and I can't think of how or why they would be), we will see a TON of third party options.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see bands equal to or better than Apple's in quality and appearance for a fraction of the cost.

    Think iPhone case variety and you will have some idea of the multitude of options we have to look forward to.
  5. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2012
    I don't see how they'll be able to stop the flood.
  6. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    I agree that there will be TONS of options, but not sure that I agree that they'll be equal or better for a fraction of the cost. I've purchased lots of watch bands in my life, and it's primarily a get what you pay for situation. There's a big difference between a $25 leather band and a $150 leather band. By all accounts, the Apple bands are very high quality.
  7. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    You may be right, I may be crazy.

    Look at the Apple silicone case for the 6 and 6 plus. Sells for $39, I got it for free with my phone (would not have bought it at the price). I vastly prefer my $4 TPU case I bought online.
  8. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    I'm not sure we can use that as an example. Leather and steel fashion goods are a different matter. Hirsch straps are a nice middle line between quality and price, but I doubt they'll be making one that is Apple compatible with the connectors.

    You'll notice the same thing if you look at leather half cases for cameras on eBay. $30 gets you crap, $80 gets you ok, and $200-$300 gets you really nice.
  9. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Fair enough but I am very confident that 3rd party options will emerge at much lower cost and more than acceptable quality.
  10. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I'm okay with paying ~$150> for a steel link band.

    I am not okay with paying almost as much as the watch itself for the steel link band.

    My value is in the technology, the ecosystem; strapping it to my arm shouldn't cost more than all that R&D.

    Can't wait until the 3rd party options flood the market.
  11. TETENAL macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2014
    Maybe they have a patent on the strap attachment mechanism.
  12. jmrdmd macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    I'm sure that there are already companies in China poised to bang out a slew of bands!!
  13. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2012
  14. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    That didn't stop a **** ton of companies from producing both lighting and 30-pin connectors outside of the MFi program.

    We might be in luck :cool:

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