Apple Watch Pride Edition? Special edition Watch may launch before Series 8

    Apple Watch Pride Edition could be announced soon ahead of the Watch Series 8 launch later this year. Here are all the details. 
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:43 IST
    Apple Watch Pride band
    Apple Watch gets the new Pride band as well as the new Watch face during the Pride month celebrations.  (Apple)
    Apple Watch Pride band
    Apple Watch gets the new Pride band as well as the new Watch face during the Pride month celebrations.  (Apple)

    Apple Watch Pride Edition? Yes, according to the latest rumours, Apple is planning to announce a Pride Edition of the Apple Watch Series 7 soon. Apple is already celebrating the Prime month this June and for the occasion, it has released a couple of Pride Edition bands for the Watch Series 7, Series 6, Watch SE and all supported Watch models. Along with the bands, Apple has also introduced a new Pride Edition Watch face. But it seems there's more in store from Apple this summer.

    Based on the latest tweet from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, An Apple Watch Pride Edition is on the list. “New Pride version of the Apple Watch should be launching fairly imminently. Marketing materials and updated Watch tables have started arriving at retail stores — for placement next week. Actual new bands should start arriving later this week,” says Gurman in his tweet.

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    Apple Watch wears Pride colours this month

    While Apple is yet to announce anything on the Apple Watch Pride edition, there have been some announcements regarding the Pride edition bands. This time, the bands are more than just carrying the Pride colours – they carry a lot of hidden messages. “Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ creative community at Apple were inspired to deliver a new expression of pride through this unique design. Utilising the comfortable, durable, and adjustable Sport Loop design, Apple used a new technique to remove several of the double-layer nylon-woven textile loops on the band to reveal the word “pride” in a cursive style inspired by the original “hello” greeting — displayed on the first Macintosh in 1984 — giving the word a novel, three-dimensional look and feel,” says Apple.

    The colour gradient on these Pride bands incorporates the original rainbow colours from various pride flags, which includes light blue, pink, and white. These colours will represent transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, as well as black and brown, symbolising Black and Latinx communities. Apple says the colours also represent those who are living with or have passed away from HIV/AIDS.

    There's also an Apple Watch Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop band goes replaces the white with black stripes. 

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    The new Pride Watch face is now available for all the Apple Watch devices running on watchOS 8.6. “Mirroring the woven loops of the Sport Loop, each strand of vibrant thread contributes to the overall composition of the watch face. The colourful threads move as the Digital Crown on Apple Watch is rotated, the display is tapped, or the user's wrist is raised,” says Apple. Moreover, when customers purchase the Pride band, the Apple Clip functionality will also customers to quickly access the new watch face.

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    First Published Date: 25 May, 10:30 IST
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