It may disappoint some Apple Watch fans that we didn't see new Apple Watch hardware this cycle, but Apple certainly didn't ignore its smallest product: There are a truly absurd number of new bands available, including a Sport alternative, coated-black Milanese, and many new colors across the Watch line.
Sports, meet woven nylon
If Sport bands make you itch, the new Woven Nylon bands should provide express relief: We found it to be light, airy, and feel better than traditional NATO bands. They're a little stiff on first wear, though they should soften up over time. For many people, the $49 band may replace their Sports option — and the seven options, all sporting a dual-tone design and colored lugs, won't hurt, either.
Those colored lugs look great against the multiple Sport casings, too: We tried the Royal Blue band on both the gold and black Sport Watch models, and it looked fantastic.
Spring colors, spring fashions
Both the Classic Buckle and Modern Buckle got some new color love as part of the 2016 spring event: Colors like Marigold, Blue Jay, Marine Blue, and Red have come to both lines, and are available for a la carte purchase. The Marigold yellow and Blue Jay blue both are vibrant pastels, and look gorgeous in person.
This event also saw a long-awaited Space Black version of the Milanese Loop: The band uses the same DLC process as the Space Black Link Bracelet, and it looks fabulous.
If you own an Apple Watch, the new assortment of bands make it easy to dress up your model — and we predict quite a few users are going to be happy with the new Woven Nylon bands, especially those whose wrists don't play well with rubber-style bands.
And if you don't have a watch yet, the $50 reduction in price for the Sport model means getting into the Apple Watch ecosystem is easier than ever.
We'll have more info on Apple Watch bands coming very soon, including a review of the new Woven Nylon and Space Black Milanese Loop. In the meantime, let us know below if you have any questions!
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Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.