A new set of leather Apple Watch bands has appeared and they look like a significant redesign, with a handful of colorful options and a magnet-only clasping effect.
While the previous Apple Leather Loop had an eponymous loop, this new leather option doesn’t – it seems to secure by simply wrapping one side over the other. Vietnamese tech site Tinhte managed to get a hold of the alleged leather strap in several color options, and even showed it off in a video:
This is the new version of the Apple Leather Loop, and the version displayed was for the larger 44mm Apple Watch 5 model depicted in video and photos, though it would be odd if it wasn’t also released in the smaller 42mm size.
While the prior Apple Leather Loop design had a segmented look, this new alleged band has them rounded into cylinders – assumedly with magnetic cells inside. It’s also more breathable than its predecessor, Tinhte noted, and is waterproof.
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Will we get this new Apple Watch band before the Apple Watch 6?
The report didn't reveal when this leather band could be released, but given the digital-only Apple WWDC 2020 keynote date is June 22, we might see it released then.
Apple has already promoted its upcoming Pride-themed watchbands in both Sport-style and the beehive-hole Nike style. Given that those are fluoroelastomer, a new set of leather straps could accompany them in more subdued – but still lively – colors.
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David is now a mobile reporter at Cnet. Formerly Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, he covered phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made. He's most interested in technology, gaming and culture – and where they overlap and change our lives. His current beat explores how our on-the-go existence is affected by new gadgets, carrier coverage expansions, and corporate strategy shifts.