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Apple Begins Taking Orders for Standalone Modern Buckle Apple Watch Bands

Apple today began selling the 38mm Modern Buckle band on a standalone basis, marking the first time the Modern Buckle band has been available for purchase since the Apple Watch launched on April 24.

Over the course of the last several months, all other bands have become readily available, but the Modern Buckle bands in all sizes and colors has continued to say "Currently unavailable," with no prospective ship date given. The only way to get a Modern Buckle band prior to this morning was to purchase it alongside an Apple Watch.

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The Modern Buckle is made from Granada leather sourced from a single small tannery in France, which may explain why it has been available in such limited quantities. The Modern Buckle also includes a unique magnetic buckle closure and the leather of the band is reinforced with Vectran weave to keep it from stretching.

All sizes and colors of the Modern Buckle band -- including Brown, Black, Soft Pink, and Midnight Blue -- are in stock. Orders placed today will deliver between August 24 and September 1, with in-store pickup being unavailable at this time.

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46 months ago

This device will need to get a damn good battery. Hopefully I'll buy into this gimmick device when the 2nd generation is released.

It's funny how people who don't own a Watch think battery life is a huge issue, but people who do own one actually praise the amazing battery life. I usually have 50% left at the end of the day after 15 hours of use. If I wanted to wear it for sleep tracking I would be able to do that as well. It charges very fast. If it's at 50% I could get it back to 100% in about a half hour.
Rating: 21 Votes
46 months ago
Ah, the Modern Buckle... Apple's version of $5.99 asparagus water.
Rating: 12 Votes
46 months ago
Wow, that price is really amazing.
Rating: 12 Votes
46 months ago
I realize Modern Buckle is a bit on the feminine side but I really dig its magnetic closure. So I hope Apple will offer it in 42mm configuration as well.
Rating: 10 Votes
46 months ago
I think Apple is ripping people off with these watchbands. I bought the sports watch and like it a lot. But I went band shopping at the Apple Store and was surprised to find the costs of additional bands.

Went searching on Amazon and purchased an awesome metal band for like $39 and a black soft band (like the white Apple Band for $49) on sale for like $12.

$249 for a band? get out of here!

Go to Amazon people.
Bill
Rating: 10 Votes
46 months ago

You don't seem to get it. I don't want one day's worth of battery life. I don't want to think about charging the device for a whole week.


Dumbphone users also criticized the iPhone and other smartphones for having one day's worth of battery life back in 2007 and didn't want to think about charging the device for a whole week. They got over it.
Rating: 5 Votes
46 months ago
For some reason the modern buckle looks cheap to me. The adapter lugs are ugly. This is one of those things that for $250, you're better off just getting a good knockoff for $40.
Rating: 5 Votes
46 months ago

It's funny how people who don't own a Watch think battery life is a huge issue, but people who do own one actually praise the amazing battery life. I usually have 50% left at the end of the day after 15 hours of use. If I wanted to wear it for sleep tracking I would be able to do that as well. It charges very fast. If it's at 50% I could get it back to 100% in about a half hour.

Yes yes yes to all of this and I have the 38 size. I can only surmise that most of the people making these comments don't actually own the device and so are speaking from ignorance.
Rating: 5 Votes
46 months ago

It's funny how people who don't own a Watch think battery life is a huge issue, but people who do own one actually praise the amazing battery life. I usually have 50% left at the end of the day after 15 hours of use. If I wanted to wear it for sleep tracking I would be able to do that as well. It charges very fast. If it's at 50% I could get it back to 100% in about a half hour.


For some reason the modern buckle looks cheap to me. The adapter lugs are ugly. This is one of those things that for $250, you're better off just getting a good knockoff for $40.


This and This.

Both my wife and I have between 40-60% battery at the end of the day, depending on whether we get to exercise or not. We both set our watches to charge late evening and by the time we are going to sleep they are back to 100%.

The watches are a great deal, if you have a use for the feature sets, but the bands are overpriced, IMHO. However, I've got a metal link band for me and a leather band for my wife. Both on Amazon for less than $60 for both.
Rating: 4 Votes
46 months ago

It already has a good battery, unless you live in another parallel universe where this is not the case...
if it's not the case, providing many links from many reputable sites saying so should be really easy; come on, do it since you're so sure of yourself!

Why would someone buy something they think is a gimmick?
Rating: 4 Votes

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