Apple has launched new all-new Pride straps and watch faces – updated for 2020.
Apple has marked Pride with watch faces and bands every year since 2018, so it’s certainly now a tradition for the company.
There are two new Pride straps – a standard Apple Watch Pride Edition Sport Band and an Apple Watch Nike Pride Edition Sport Band, which offers a new spin on the iconic sporty band. Both come in the company’s soft silicone material – where 2019 saw a fabric mesh version.
And it’s not just straps. There are also two new Pride watch faces that anyone can enjoy once watchOS 6.2.5 lands on their Apple Watch. Again, there’s a set for the standard Apple Watch and another for Nike Editions.
The Pride striped watch face is back and updated, and there are Pride Digital, Pride Analog, and Gradient face options.
And the Nike Edition Analog watch face has also been rainbowfied.
And you don’t lose access to previous years Pride options, if you preferred 2019 over 2020. Each will be available as a customisation option on the Apple Watch itself. Just long press on the watch face, choose Customize, and then you can cycle through. That can also be done on the Watch companion iPhone app as well.
And 9to5Mac have spotted that the Numerals Mono, Numerals Duo and California watch faces have all been given Pride options too in the watchOS 6.2.5 beta.
We’ve not got a time scale on when the update will hit Apple Watch, so keep an eye out – but the bands are on sale now.
With Pride 2020 events a victim of the Covid 19 lockdown, the watch faces are a great way to show some solidarity with LGBTQ people and causes in a difficult time.