The Apple Watch’s new sizes make shopping for bands more confusing

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But don’t worry, Apple won’t end support for you

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The Apple Watch Series 7 was one of several announcements made during Apple’s “California Streaming” event, sharing the stage with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, a new iPad mini with USB-C charging, and more. The watch comes in new 41mm and 45mm sizes, moving away from the 40mm and 44mm sizes that have been standard for the past few generations of the Apple Watch.

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as expected, Apple updates its online list of Watch bands Accordingly to the new size. But many of them no longer list options for all bands in the 38, 40, 42 and 44 mm sizes. While it may seem at first that Apple has thoughtlessly wiped out support for all previous models, don’t worry, it didn’t. However, the company made it a little more confusing to quickly find an accessory made for the size of your watch.

This breakdown should make it easier to choose.

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If you see a band you like which is 41mm in size, it clearly indicates that they will work with 38mm and 40mm cases as well. The 45mm bands will work with Apple Watch models that have 42mm or 44mm cases. To make sure you’re getting a size that’s compatible with your watch, Apple’s site provides compatibility details just below the sizing options, so be sure to click on it if you’re in doubt.

This window will appear if you click “View compatibility details” from Apple’s online store.

Purchasing a Solo Loop band is a bit more complicated, but nothing new there. In case you didn’t know, they are only compatible with the Apple Watch SE, Series 4, and newer models. For the 40mm and 41mm size Apple Watch models, you can get single loop bands in a size range of one to nine, while the 44mm and 45mm models work with band sizes four to 12. If that size sounds vague to you, the Single Loop requires that you measure your wrist size to find a size that fits Apple’s size guidelines.

To reiterate, bands made for the smaller of the two new sizes work with previous, smaller-sized Apple Watch models, and vice versa. Getting a sizable Apple Watch band basically ensured that it would work with previous wearable devices that had the largest size option of their respective generation.

I hope this tip will help you find a watch band that fits your watch. While it can be confusing at first, once you are aware of it, it becomes quite easy to miss.


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