In a recent Vogue interview, fashion designer Tom Ford commented on Apple Watch and its role in the fashion world. Ford says he views “Apple products as fashion accessories,” especially the Apple Watch. While designers often create iPhone cases, the Apple Watch provides a unique opportunity for designers to produce technological accessories that are meant to be worn. Ford currently sells two versions of a Pocket Watch Chain that allows users to attach an Apple Watch in the slot where bands usually attach. The chain is available in gold and silver and retails for $1,490.
Tom Ford’s Pocket Watch Chain represents how technology and design can combine to create beautiful products with powerful digital features. As more people buy Apple Watch, the device will start to look increasingly pedestrian, so innovative designers like Tom Ford can bring their signature styling to the device.
Do you view the Apple Watch as a fashion accessory?
Today, several sources reported Apple’s plan to introduce new products at a March, 15th event. Since the Apple Watch launched last April, many people assumed Apple would update the device about a year later, as the company does with other flagship products like the iPhone. Now, insiders say Apple will not launch a second generation Apple Watch this spring, but will instead update its line of Apple Watch bands. It remains unclear which bands will be updated or if any new watch bands will be announced, but expect new Sport Band colors, which Apple updated once before at a September event.
Expect the new Apple Watch bands to launch besides a new iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se at a press event on March 15th.
Apple’s collaborative Apple Watch with iconic fashion house Hermès can now be purchased online. Both brands offer all 10 configurations of the watch on their online storefronts. Previously, customers had to visit one of 18 designated Apple or Hermès retail stores to purchase the high-end watch.
This special version of the Apple Watch includes a stainless steel Apple Watch with a handmade Hermès leather band. Also, an exclusive watch face comes installed on the watch. Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff bands are available in a variety of colors. The Apple Watch Hermès starts at $1,100 and can be purchased here.
Apple Watch 2 Concept
Anticipation for the second generation Apple Watch continues to grow as its launch nears. A report from a Taiwanese website claims the Apple Watch 2 will begin trial production at the end of January. Quanta will once again be responsible for manufacturing the Apple Watch, but Apple may enlist other manufacturers to achieve greater profit return on the next Apple Watch.
If the report is accurate, Apple’s next smartwatch’s design and feature set has already been largely finalized. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to include faster performance, more capabilities when not connected to an iPhone, and a FaceTime camera. Expect the Apple Watch 2 to launch in spring of 2016.
Today, Apple released developer previews of iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2 that include the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone. For the new feature to work, all devices must run either iOS 9.3 or watchOS 2.2. Connecting more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone will be incredibly useful for users who want to use different Watch models for different situations. For example, an Apple Watch Edition owner can exclusively wear the luxury device in scenarios that pose little damage to the device. In addition, a separate Apple Watch Sport can also be paired to the user’s iPhone for use during more strenuous activities. The iPhone will detect which Watch is being worn and automatically connect the active Watch.
Expect the public release of iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2 to arrive in several weeks.
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple will release two new exclusive Apple Watch Sport configurations. One configuration will include the silver Apple Watch Sport with a Red Sport Band, while the other configuration will feature the Gold Apple Watch Sport with the same Red Sport Band. These special edition models will go on sale January 15th and continue to be sold until February 22nd in China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. 38mm and 42mm versions of the Watch will be available. While the Chinese New Year will mark the first time Apple will sell the Apple Watch Sport with the Red Sport Band, users can buy the band separately and attach it to their Watches, so these special models are not expected to become collectable editions of the Apple Watch.
On Wednesday December 9th, Best Buy plans to lower the price of all its Apple Watch stock by $100. This means the entry-level 38mm Apple Watch Sport will cost only $249, while the stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $499. Best Buy stocks select configurations of both Apple Watch models. Click here to view Best Buy’s Apple Watch selection.
In terms of value, this offer tops Best Buy’s Black Friday Watch promotion, which only refused the price of Apple Watch Sport by $50. The new discount will last until Christmas and is intended to boost the sales of Apple Watch over the holiday season.