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FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch

Caitlin McGarry, Susie Ochs | March 12, 2015
Catch up on everything we know about the Apple Watch before its April 24 debut.

Can you swap out the watch band? Absolutely. Apple announced six bands, and it seems like it'll be easy to mix and match any band with any watch, swapping them out as your heart desires without the aid of any tools--as long as the band and watch are the same size. (The Leather Loop band, for example, only fits 42mm watches, not the smaller 38mm size.) Apple said it's come up with its own proprietary system to make switching bands easy--but that also means you probably won't be able to swap in just any band. And even if Apple's bands fit your watch, the finish might be different: The solid-gold hardware accents on the rose gray Modern Buckle band won't match the anodized aluminum finish of the Apple Watch Sport, for example.

For working out, the sweat resistant elastomer Sport Band comes in black, white, pink, blue, and lime green. The Sport Band comes as the default on the Apple Watch Sport, naturally. Weirdly, different colors of the Sport Band have different weights, with black being the lightest.

Owners of the Apple Watch and Watch Edition get three leather straps and two metal straps to choose from. The Leather Loop is designed to be soft and comfortable, with a highly adjustable hidden magnetic closure--you just wrap it around your wrist and the strap sticks to itself to stay closed. That one comes in stone, light brown, and bright blue. Available in pink, brown, and midnight blue, the Leather Modern strap has a two-piece magnetic closure and a subtle texture. And the old-school Classic Buckle strap is a black leather strap that closes with a stainless steel buckle just like the traditional watches you've seen your whole life.

Crafted of stainless steel, the Link Bracelet band closes with a butterfly clasp. Apple included a link-release button on several of the links, so you can remove links yourself to customize the fit--instead of having to take it to a jeweler or watch repair shop. That one comes in a regular stainless steel tone or in space black. With myriad tiny, interlocking loops, the Milanese Loop band kind of resembles chain mail, only much more modern. The stainless steel mesh is also magnetic, so you can adjust it to more sizes than you could the Link Bracelet.

When does it ship? Is Apple taking preorders? The Apple Watch ships April 24, but preorders begin April 10. That's also the same day Apple Stores will have Watches on hand for people to try on, in case you're not sure which combination of case and band is right for you. If you can't decide whether you're steely or sporty, check out our guide to picking the best Apple Watch for you.

 

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