Apple Releases Watch Band Design Guidelines, OKs Straps from Third Parties

The Apple Watch has been a device that’s been shrouded in mystery. How does the heartbeat monitor work? (Not very well if you have a sleeve tattoo.) Do I need to use it with an iPhone? (No. No you don’t. Sarcasm doesn’t come across well on blogs, does it?)  How long does the battery last? ( Well enough for most, not enough if you like whining about things on the Internet.) But one by one, the questions it raised have been answered.

But as gorgeous as the Milanese Loop and link bracelet is, many have expressed interest in third party watch bands. Maybe you’re a James Bond fan and you want a three-color regimental strap like Sean Connery’s on Goldfinger. Or maybe you’re a more sporting type and you’re looking for a high quality classic rubber diving band, like the one found on an Oris. Looking for a band that can also give your Apple Watch more power? There’s a company floating that idea as well.

The “Made for Apple Watch” program, like the Made for iPhone program, offers guidelines for companies interesting in bringing those watch bands to users of the device. It offers instruction on fit, finish and materials to make sure the bands are compatible with the watch.

If you ask anyone who’s changed out the bands on a conventional watch, they’ll tell you how the Apple Watch’s system of buttons and latches is much easier to deal with than spring bars.Being able to change watch bands on the fly — sport bands when you’re at the gym, something a little more formal when you’re at work and something elegant at night — is one of the strengths of Apple’s new device.

While third party bands seem minor compared to the technology in the phone, it adds even more excitement and personalization for Apple’s most personal device.

Via MacRumors, Ars Technica. Photo by Apple.  

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