Apple Introduces New Apple Watch Link Bracelet Kit, L/XL Sport Bands to Fit Larger Wrists

Apple today introduced a new Link Bracelet Kit, which is equipped with six additional stainless steel links to make the 42mm Link Bracelet able to fit wrists that exceed 205mm. The six links expand the band by up to 40mm, for a maximum size of 245mm.

The Link Bracelet is Apple's only modular band, with size that can be adjusted by adding or removing links. That makes it the only band that can be expanded in this way, and with six additional links, it'll be the band best suited for wrists larger than 215mm, which is where the Classic Buckle maxes out.

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Apple has also introduced new sizing options for the Apple Watch Sport Band, introducing an L/XL sizing option for 42mm Apple Watches. Apple Watch Sport Bands are now sold in two configurations: S/M & M/L, and M/L & L/XL. The new L/XL size option is available in black or white and expands the size range of the Sport Band to 245mm.

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While Apple Watch bands were initially designed to fit a range of wrist sizes from 135mm to 215mm, there have been complaints that the Apple Watch bands are not large enough for bigger wrists. Quite a few people on Apple's support forums have requested XL-sized bands, and Apple's effort to introduce a kit for the Link Bracelet and new sizing options for the Sport Band is its first move towards offering an wider range of sizes.

Apple's Link Bracelet Kit is priced at $49 and available for purchase immediately through the company's online site. It ships out in 5 to 7 business days

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Top Rated Comments

rorschach Avatar
116 months ago
Wait so.. the bracelet catch mechanism must be worth $200+?
Well, it's worth whatever people are willing to pay for it.

So if people are willing to pay $200+ then that's what it's worth.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Benjamin Frost Avatar
116 months ago
This is welcome news indeed.

Those good folks with the chubby wrists need to track their fitness the most, so it is good to see Apple accommodating the most needy.

I look forward to hearing the first success story on these forums of someone who has gone from 500 lb to a svelte 300 lb courtesy of the Apple Watch. Thinner than Thin.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ubuntu Avatar
116 months ago

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* Apple is already manufacturing these bands; now they're just selling a smaller portion of the final product. Even if the product were a flop, this seems to be a minimal hassle money-making grab.
* Anybody who doesn't consider the Apple Watch a flop most likely wouldn't condenser the ability to expand their watchband a hassle.

AngerDanger, has anyone ever told you you're running the risk of making far too much sense for this place?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MentalFloss Avatar
116 months ago
Six links for $49 is a decent price. But people with large wrists should be given extra links for free at the Apple Store.
Why? What do non-obese people get for free at the Apple Store?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ivandr Avatar
116 months ago
With the Apple Watch as the buckle? You sir are a genius.
Now I'm just envisioning someone hopping up on a checkout counter and humping the credit terminal trying to use apple pay. My mind can't unsee that :-O
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Recognition Avatar
116 months ago
If you bought enough links I wonder if you could make a belt?!
That would be the ultimate accessory!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)