Third Party Bands Coming Soon

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    "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

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

    [​IMG]
     
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    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 6502

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    I don't see how they'll be able to stop the flood.
     
  6. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Fair enough but I am very confident that 3rd party options will emerge at much lower cost and more than acceptable quality.
     
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    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 member

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    Maybe they have a patent on the strap attachment mechanism.
     
  12. jmrdmd macrumors newbie

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

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    Indeed.
     
  14. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    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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