Apple Watch International Collection bands arrive in time for the Summer Olympics

New Watch bands for a big summer of international football and athletics action
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Apple has just dropped new bands for its Watch and with the International Collection, it's all about showing some love to your home nation.

The new limited edition Sport Loop bands come in 22 different designs to represent 22 different nations. Those nations are:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the US.

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Those bands can also be matched up with new Stripes watch faces that compliment the bands and keep that patriotic them running from band to screen.

The timing of these bands and choice of nations points to getting Watch owners ready to show their support for Summer Olympic Games, which kicks off in July. There are of course other major sporting events currently taking place too, like the European Championships where Denmark are still involved. Brazil are also currently participating in the Copa America as the host nation.

The International Collection Apple Watch bands are up for grabs now from Apple's website and are available for both 40mm and 44mm Watch sizes priced at $49. If you just want to have one of those watch faces to rock, you'll be able to download them and still show your support during this busy summer of sport.

In other Apple Watch related news, Apple Fitness+ is getting a couple of new features. There's the arrival of the new Artist Spotlight series, which was unveiled at Apple's WWDC event alongside our first details of watchOS 8. This brings workouts to the platform with playlists dedicated to artists like Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys.

Apple is also bringing more episodes to its Time to Walk feature with boxer Anthony Joshua, Stephen Fry and Naomi Campbell among the latest high profile names added to the roster.

So if you're an Apple Watch owner and you're spending plenty of time with Fitness+, these are some nice little things to look forward to.

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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