Breaking away from tradition, Apple is gearing up to introduce a fresh range of FineWoven Apple Watch bands crafted from synthetic materials. Leaked images are offering us an early glimpse of what these official bands could look like.
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These images, sourced by prototype device collector and leaker Kosutami, purportedly showcase one of Apple’s upcoming bands. The descriptions highlight these bands as lightweight, slim, and silky in texture.
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Reportedly constructed from recycled nylon and polyester, these bands boast a twill weave pattern. Apple’s choice of materials appears to align with eco-friendly aspirations, an endeavor to reduce their environmental footprint by opting for fabric-based leather alternatives.
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Kosutami also suggests that these bands will feature a splash-resistant coating, although they won’t be entirely waterproof.
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According to the leak, Apple has crafted six distinct color variations for the FineWoven watch bands. However, during the special event today, the company is expected to unveil only three of them. Precise details about the colors remain under wraps at the time of writing.
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Earlier speculations indicated that Apple might phase out leather options in its lineup of iPhone cases. In line with the rumored FineWoven Apple Watch bands, reports suggest that Apple intends to launch iPhone cases constructed from a synthetic leather material under the “FineWoven” branding.
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The insights into the iPhone cases stem from DuanRui, a reliable leaker who gathers information from Chinese social media platforms.
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Kosutami had previously informed MacRumors that Apple plans to discontinue all silicone accessories. Now, the latest revelation hints at Apple’s intention to transition away from leather accessories, replacing them with more environmentally friendly alternatives.
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Mark Gurman from Bloomberg recently reported that Apple offered discounts of up to 90% on Hermes leather accessories to its employees last month in a bid to clear existing inventory. Gurman also anticipates Apple moving away from leather for its Apple Watch bands, in addition to its phone cases.
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