What does Apple have planned for its fall 2017 Watch band collection? Let's prognosticate!
Since Apple Watch launched in 2015, the device has only been updated once but the bands have been updated three times — every spring and every fall to date. In addition to the original sport, leathers, and metal bands, woven nylon, Nike, and Hermès have been added to the mix, as have a plethora of new colors. So, as fall 2017 approaches, what will we see from Apple Watch bands next?
One thing that's been regular — like clock-work! — is new Apple Watch band colors. A year or so does not a pattern make, but the safest bet in bands these days is that there'll be new shades of sport band and classic leather, likely matching new silicon and leather iPhone cases.
Woven nylon could get new colors and new patterns. Wide stripe was the rage last pring, but diamonds, triangles, zig-zags, or anything at all could be next.
New link bracelets
Although Apple gave them to some celebrities, the company never released gold or rose gold link bracelet editions. The same holds true for the new ceramic edition. Other watch vendors that offer ceramic cases offer ceramic bracelets to go with them. No doubt, an Apple ceramic link bracelet would be expensive, but it would also glorious.
Anodized gold and rose gold, to match the sport cases, may not be resilient enough for Apple, but I have a suspicion many people would love to see them anyway.
Nike+ red and more
Apple Watch Nike+ was announced last fall, but only in a few colors and only with the casing. Come spring, Nike+ went solo, but still only in platinum, anthracite, and volt (green). It looks great. But it would look even greater in more colors. White and red or orange would be hot. So would black with pink or yellow.
All bands in all sizes
Since launch, the Leather Loop has only been available for the 42mm casing and the modern buckle, the 38mm. Sadly, wrists and tastes come in all shapes and sizes, and some would love smaller loops and bigger buckles.
Making all bands available to all people is simply the right thing to do. Hopefully, Apple does it!
Deploy! Deploy! Deploy!
The deployant (deployment in English, and if you really want to annoy the watcherati) gives you the look of a leather buckle but the convenience of a clasp. Apple currently offers one, but only in partnership with Hermès. An Apple single deployment proper would be great for the ceramic Watch specifically. Many other watch makers currently offer deployment, sometimes by default, because the loop is safer — less chance the ceramics will fall and hit hard tiles or floorboards. Versions for the other Apple Watch finishes would be great in general as well.
Lotsa leather options
Rally straps are leather buckles or deployments that have three or more distinctive holes punched on either side. Based on old-time racing gloves, think of them like the Nike+ bands — stylish yet breathable.
Aviators are another leather option. They feature extra-long bands that, traditionally, fit over pilot jackets, and rivets that give them a distinctly detailed look.
Much more metal
Sure, Apple has the Milanese, but what about the shark mesh? And the link bracelet is great, but what about an oyster or engineer? There's more than one way to make a metal mesh or segments steel, and two years after launch it would be interesting to see Apple's clever takes on yet more classics.
Whether there's a market for the higher end bands, I'm not sure. But perhaps they could serve as part of yet more partner plays?
Speaking of partner plays...
It would be great to see more team-ups like Hermès and Nike+, and even more separate endeavors like Coach. What would be even greater would be some sort of mechanism that allowed you to unlock special watch faces when you buy the bands, even separately.
For example, pick up a Hermès or Nike+ strap, enter the code that comes with it, and get the Hermès or Nike+ watch face. Or, as my colleague, Lory Gil put it — like Amiigo for Apple Watch!
What Apple Watch looks are you looking forward to this fall?
Just because Apple gave us new looks this spring doesn't mean we're guaranteed new looks this fall, but it's one of the easiest ways for Apple to breathe new life into the watch lineup on an ongoing basis. You can change up the look with just a couple quick presses and slides and go from fun to fancy or sport to social.
So, a few new colors would be great. A few new styles, terrific. What do you think we'll see from Apple Watch in Fall 2017?