Back in 2017, Apple introduced its first wide-release Pride Edition Apple Watchband. A year later, another Pride Edition band made its debut. In June 2019, a third-generation band launched just before LGBTQ Pride Month. Now, in 2020, another band is available and ready for its close-up. Pride Edition Apple Watchbands aren't available forever, but older ones are available online from time-to-time as you can see below.
Apple donated a portion of the proceeds of both bands to LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations. As the company noted in 2018:
The older bands
The first Pride Edition band launched at San Francisco's annual Pride Parade in 2016. At the time, it was available exclusively at the event. During WWDC 2017, the nylon Watchband was launched widely for the first time in Apple's online retail store. The rainbow-hued watchband was removed from the store the following September.
The Pride Edition Watchband was priced the same as Apple's other woven nylon bands at $49 and was available for both the 38mm and 42mm case sizes.
The 2018 Pride Edition band was also priced at $49 and came in 38mm and 42mm case sizes. The nylon band sported a bright rainbow design on a white background. By the time of the iPhone XS event in September, the watchband was no longer available through Apple's online store.
Last year's Pride Edition band was available in 40mm and 44mm sizes and looked a lot like the first-generation version except with thicker stripes. This model featured a nylon Sport Loop design with red Watch connectors and was priced at $49.
Where to buy
Both the 2017 (opens in new tab) and 2018 (opens in new tab) Pride Edition Apple Watch bands are available through eBay. Last year's model is still being sold on Amazon (opens in new tab) and also at eBay (opens in new tab).
Note: Because these bands were sold as limited-editions, be on the lookout for knockoffs.
This year's model
For 2020, for the first time, Apple released two Pride Apple Watch bands at the same time, a Sport band and a Nike Sport band in collaboration with Nike.
The Sport band (opens in new tab) has thick rainbow strips and a slightly lighter color than the rainbow style of the 2019 model.
The Nike Sport band (opens in new tab) is white with colored vent holes. The buckle side of the band sports red, orange, and yellow vent holes, while the other side has green, blue, and violet.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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