It may have shocked many when Apple announced it would discontinue using leather for the Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases. Not using leather anymore is a move to reduce leather’s carbon footprint on our planet. What does FineWoven have to offer so that Apple fans don’t turn to third-party accessories? Keep reading to see what this fabric provides and the prices for these accessories.
Apple FineWoven Watch Bands: What Makes Them Different?
Apple may have been happy about leaving leather behind in their accessories, but not all fans are so glad. For example, some are even looking into Nomad leather cases for their iPhones, and since the Series 8 and 9 Apple Watch are the same size, many users will be swapping. But with FineWoven, you get watch bands made out of 68% post-consumer recycled content. And according to Apple, it has a subtle luster and feels like suede. Apple mentioned that the FineWoven Watch bands will be available in new colors. FineWoven also has a modern buckle that hopes to convince you to use it.
When it comes to bands for your Apple Watch, you have more options to go with since Apple has teamed up with Hermès to give users four more styles to choose from. You can choose from two woven bands, a knitted band, and a molded rubber model. If you decide to go with one of these models, you’ll also have the option to use the Hermès Radial watch face to compliment it.
If you’re more of a Nike fan, you’ll also have new bands to choose from. The Nike Watch bands come with colorful flakes made of recycled material. Apple also mentioned that the Nike sports loop is made of repurposed yarn from earlier seasons. You’ll also have a new Nike watch face to choose from. If Hermès can have one, why can’t Nike right?
The new straps will also come with flexible magnets; there won’t be a need for clasps for the band to snap into place. Time will tell how well these new bands will do with Apple fans since there are quite a few options to choose from on the market. For example, you have an Alpine Loop Apple Watch band similar to the recently announced models. There are also third-party rugged watch bands you can go with as well.
FineWoven will also be available for iPhone 15 cases and magnetic wallets. You can get the FineWoven iPhone 15 cases in different colors. For example, you can choose from colors such as:
- Pacific Blue
You Apple AirTags will also get to wear FineWoven.
Prices for FineWoven Apple Watch Bands and iPhone 15 Cases
Apple may intend to tell everyone why they should get their new watch bands and cases, but it all depends on how much you must pay for them. On Apple’s official site, you can see that the FineWoven watch bands range from $99, and the Lavender blue modern buckle goes for $149. If you’re considering getting an iPhone FineWoven wallet with MagSafe, that’ll set you back $59. For iPhone 15 users, the FineWoven case with MagSafe is set at $59; for AirTags, it sells for $35.
All these changes result from Apple’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030. Since FineWoven has lower carbon emissions compared to leather, it’s a step in the right direction. Apple fans can enjoy a Modern Buckle and Magnetic Link for the Apple Watch Series 9 model and the Alpine Loop bands/ Trail Loop that contain 30% recycled material. Since the Apple Watch Serie 9 and 8 are the same size, it wouldn’t be surprising that users will turn to those for more band options.
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The Apple Watch band you go with is a personal choice. Those who play sports will want a sports edition watch band, and if you prefer leather, you’re going to shop around for a third-party watch band. But if you like what Apple has to offer with its FineWoven models and want to help the planet, you know where you can get them. Do you think you’re going to be using FineWoven with your Apple Watch? Let me know in the comments below, and please remember to share the article with others on social media.