Next week begins Pride Month; To mark the occasion, Apple has, for the past seven years, released a special Pride Edition band for the Apple Watch.
This year, Apple’s Pride Month is all about celebration. the Pride Edition Sport Band ($49 at Apple) It is a fluorocarbon rubber band that features confetti-like shapes or splashes of different colors throughout. And the shapes don’t just come in the colors of the rainbow—the colors of the flag for transgender and gender non-conforming communities are also included. There are black and brown variations for the Black and Latinx communities as well.
With the Pride Edition Sport Band now available — and as someone who supports self-expression and the inclusivity the LGBTQ+ community promotes — I ordered one and added it to my Apple Watch Ultra. It offers the same feel and fit as the Sport Band we saw in our roundup of the best Apple Watch bands, which is one of my personal favorites.
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Now, this band doesn’t have a scream of “pride” like the Apple Watch Pride Edition band that came out last year. And as a reminder, this band came in two different looks, with woven strings and the word “Pride” literally embossed in Apple’s iconic “Hello” typeface.
But this year’s party-exciting design carries on in the tradition of the Pride Edition band Apple launched in 2017. The company supports a number of LGBTQ+ organizations, including Equality Union InstituteAnd hemsAnd gender spectrumAnd National Center for Gender EqualityAnd pflagAnd Trevor Project and more.
To complement the new Apple Watch band, there’s a new watch face called Pride Celebration. In the pre-made configuration, cut-out shapes are animated on a white background to match the band, swivel around the arms of the watch and momentarily disperse when tapped.
The face can be changed to transform the confetti into traditional-looking bubble hour markers or numbers. In these patterns, up to five complications can be organized, providing more information at a glance. I’m all for customizing your Apple Watch experience, so I’m glad this year’s Pride watch face has so many customization options.
Otherwise, if you know how to use a photo as your Apple Watch face, you can set a photo you took at your city’s pride celebration as your watch face. You can also use the Stripes watch face to design a flag that you feel best represents you. There’s no shortage of options to make your Apple Watch your go-to during Pride Month.