Apple Watch gets new summer bands to style out that smartwatch in the sunshine

Maybe it's time to brighten up the band collection
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Apple has unveiled a new summery range of its official Apple Watch straps bringing a set of new bands to dress your Apple smartwatch up with.

Announced alongside watchOS 6 at its annual WWDC developer conference keynote, Apple is adding new colors to its Sport Band and Sport Loop collections with all new options available to order from Apple's online store.

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The Sport Band and Sport Loop is now available in Canary Yellow (above), Dragon Fruit and Cornflower shades. Additionally, there's now a Pride Edition Sport Loop with a donation made on each band sold going to LGBTQ advocacy organisations including Encircle, Gender Spectrum and the National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project.

The Pride Edition band should also match up nicely with the new Pride watch faces Apple added to its Watch in the recent watchOS 5.2.1 software update, which also saw a bigger rollout of its ECG feature to more countries.

Apple Watch gets new summer bands to style out that smartwatch in the sunshine

Unfortunately, there isn't any new band options from Apple's Nike Sport Band and Sport Loop collections, but maybe the two will decide to roll some new ones out at a later date.

As mentioned, all of the new Watch bands are available to purchase over at Apple. All of the new summery Sport and Loop bands are priced at .

While it's always nice to see Apple swell its band collection, all eyes were on watchOS 6 and what it will be bringing to its smartwatch. Among the new features, Apple is adding an on-device App Store, women's health tracking features, the ability to monitor your hearing health, new apps including a tip calculator and more insightful fitness tracking features.

Unlike those new bands though, we will have to wait until later this year to have a play with those new watchOS features.


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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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