Third Party Bands

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by Norcal., Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Norcal. macrumors regular

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    Haven't heard much about them, anyone else looking forward to them?

    Not going to pay $500 for a SS band and i'm sure there will be good quality bands for a fraction of the price by third parties.
     
  2. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking forward to 3rd party bands. I like to change it up. I'm not looking forward to paying Apple prices for them. I'm hoping they go well with the sport model.

    On a related note, it looks like Incipio is working on a battery band. http://www.incipio.com/apple-watch-battery-band
     
  3. CaneCollegeboy macrumors regular

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    I see the bands the same way i see an iphone/ipad case. The Apple Watch wont magically stop working if you get a third party band.
     
  4. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    I feel like this will be so incredibly ugly... If they some how make it look nice I would be all for it thought.
     
  5. Tycho24 macrumors 68020

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    I got the Casetify app & designed a few...
    I hope the quality is ok.
     
  6. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    I contributed to the Click kickstarter and have my eyes set on a Bas and Lokes band :)
     
  7. Esexx macrumors 6502

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    I also predict if the Apple Watch takeoff, Louise Vuitton and others with get in to the game for a premium price of course.
     
  8. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Like Jonny Hilfiger, Fersace and Dulche & Cabana?
     
  9. TallManNY macrumors 68040

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    Are there enough pictures out there about the locking mechanism of the bands for third parties to have this totally figured out? I think they probably need to see the mechanism and have a few copies before they can perfectly reverse engineer it. Don't discount that Apple's hardware is going to be better though. Apple is going to have economies of scale that no third party can match. So the the third parties will cut corners in order to keep their price at about 30% of the comparable Apple Band. But yes you should be able to get a solid metal band for well under $400.
     
  10. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a

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    I would stand far back until others can show that the manufacturing by third parties is good enough to avoid things like breaking the latch mechanism, or just getting plain stuck in there. In the photography world there are many companies willing to put out products in place of high quality first party choices. Sometimes they are great, sometimes they will get stuck to your camera :)

    But, other than that concern, I am fairly confident we'll see some worthwhile third party band options. The primary thing to watch for is just a set of standard pin lugs, I would think.
     
  11. BvizioN macrumors 68040

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    I am looking forward to any third party band that does match the quality of the Apple ones but is cheaper. Quality is priority for me. Not going to spend £500 on a watch that drops loose from my wrist becasue I use £10 rubbish band to hold it around my wrist.
     
  12. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    I don't mean to come across as disrespectful or mean but this didn't instill a whole lot of confidence in me lol.
     

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  13. macness macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I'm hoping for.
     
  14. mbhforum macrumors 6502

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    There will be third party bands eventually but for quality ones that won't damage the AW, we will most likely need to wait a couple of months.
     
  15. AbeFrohman macrumors 6502

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    LOL. Which stripped you if your dreams? The crude sketch in front of the computer? The t-shirt? The scraps of paper strewn across his mom's kitchen table?
     
  16. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    All of it. I can't imagine trusting an expensive watch to these kids.
     
  17. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Ahaha!

    Sometimes you gotta go with your best option and contribute to the greater good! :p
     
  18. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a

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    Sign me up for the Fersace!
     
  19. Senseotech macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, because "kids" can't be innovators or creators, right? :rolleyes:

    I backed the click project and upped my pledge for the aluminum model with no hesitation; its a watch adapter, not a spaceship, and even then, its silly to immediately write off someone's ability to create or design based on age or other outward appearance.
     
  20. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    This has nothing to do with their ages. I realize there are many smart young people who can do wonders with their creativity and vision. My remark was more about the scene I posted a screenshot of. I get what they were trying to go for but it felt very staged to me. Plus the young man looked like he was confused or trying to put together an ikea product. If you're going to include something like that in a video of this nature, it needs to be a little more polished.
     

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