New Apple Watch Bands Coming in March, Redesign Slated for Fall: Report

According to a new report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, Apple will announce new Apple Watch bands this March, similar to how we saw new colours and bands at its September 2015 event. Bands are said to be made of new materials, as Apple is said to have partnered with new companies, similar to its Hermès relationship (models now available online).

As for Apple Watch 2? Sources tell Gurman it’s slated to ship in the fall at what could be another September announcement, corroborating TechCrunch’s recent timeline, which shot down rumours of a March release.

As for the March media event, sources claim a small event could be coming the week of March 14th, but could be finalized based on the rumoured upcoming iPad Air 3. Earlier this afternoon, it was reported Apple would debut the ‘iPhone 5se’ at a March event, dubbed ‘Special Edition’.

A “major iOS developer” tells the site it saw signs of new iPad models codenamed “iPad 6,3” and “iPad 6,4” back in November, which would put this new tablet as model, rumoured to be in testing, between iPad Pro and iPad Air 2.

Earlier this month, rumours claimed Apple Watch 2 trial productions were said to begin this month at Apple supplier, Quanta.

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  • Daniel Feodoroff

    They could also use this event to talk about advancements in Apple Pay. I noticed a difference with the error messages when adding my card. It went from “Card Not Eligible for Apple Pay” to “You Issuer Does Not Yet Offer Support for This Card Yet.” It also says that ask you issuer which cards are supporting Apple Pay at this time. Does this mean Apple Pay is coming to Aussie banks soon? I did ask my bank and got a different resonance from normal. “We are eveluating opportunities to work with partners to introduce Apple Pay. Once we are confident this survice works securely, we’ll make an announcement.” What happens when you add your cards? Do you get the same response.

  • We got a similar message for Canadian bank cards a while back; could be a slight glimmer of hope. Lately major banking apps have been getting Touch ID support, which could be paving the way for Apple Pay soon.