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Apple Watch leather bands are rumored to be discontinued

The Apple Watch Series 9 will have a different premium band material.

apple watch series 8 with black and brown leather band on a purple background

Apple’s next event is only a week away, where the company is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 9 alongside the new iPhone 15 series. 

There have been many leaks lately about Apple’s upcoming products, especially accessories for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

A previous leak claimed the Cupertino company would replace its official iPhone leather cases with new cases made of a different premium material.

Now, it seems the same thing may happen to Apple Watch leather bands

No more Apple Watch leather bands 

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Shortly after the reports of iPhone 15 premium cases using a new material, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg added some more context on Twitter.

According to Gurman, Apple is currently offering Hermes leather bands to its employees at a whopping 90% discount. 

Usually, it’s an indication that a product is going away when Apple starts offering its products to employees at huge discounts. The company did the same before discontinuing the original HomePod

Last week, 9to5Mac reported that multiple official Apple Watch leather bands, including the Modern Buckle and Hermès models, are sold out on Apple’s website. The same goes for the classic Link Bracelet, introduced with the original Apple Watch.

While Gurman wasn’t sure if this change impacted the Hermès partnership, the fire sale clearly indicates that something is going on.

New FineWoven case for the iPhone 15 series 

The new FineWoven Cases for the iPhone 15 Series
Source: 9to5Mac

Apple is shifting away from leather products because of their negative impact on the environment. As an environmentally conscious company, Apple has recognized that leather production has a high carbon footprint.

However, many Apple users preferred the premium leather iPhone cases and Watch bands.

We believe the company has found a suitable alternative called FineWoven.

Last week, 9to5Mac reported Apple will introduce new FineWoven cases for the iPhone 15, replacing the older leather cases. 

These new cases are made of a soft fabric material combined with silicone.

However, we are not sure if the company will introduce the same material for Apple Watch bands. We don’t have to wait too long to find the answers as Apple’s event is next Tuesday, September 12th.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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