Apple Might Be Canceling Its Leather Apple Watch Bands

Following the news that Apple is expected to ditch the leather iPhone case when the new models arrive later this month, a new report suggests the same might also happen with the new Apple Watch as well.

Apple is expected to announce the new Apple Watch Series 9 alongside the Apple Watch Ultra 2, and those who enjoy the Apple leather bands might have to start to look at third-party options instead.

That’s according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman who says that Apple will “begin moving away from leather on its Apple Watch bands as well,” marking a move away from the luxury material. Gurman also suggests that the company is starting to shift old stock ahead of the no-leather move.

I’m told that Apple last month started offering employees its Hermes leather accessories (and leather link bands) at up to 90% off. Clearly some inventory clearing going on. The internal deal continues but everything is out of stock.

This would suggest that the Hermes deal that sees special designer versions of watch bands launch alongside new models might be no more.

It’s thought that Apple is aiming to ditch animal leather as part of its environmental focus, with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro announcements likely to confirm that. The unveiling is expected to take place at the September 12 event that Apple has already confirmed.

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