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Possible Apple Watch Leather Loop strap shows up online

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Are these forthcoming official Apple Watch straps?
Photo: Onewingleft/Reddit

The Apple Watch Leather Loop strap could be getting a redesign for this year’s Apple Watch Series 6. According to images posted to Reddit on Wednesday, the redesigned bands will come in (at least) black, blue, red and brown color options.

Unlike the existing Leather Loop straps, the new ones appear to have an additional accent color that runs down the edge of certain straps. It’s definitely a nice touch, design-wise — although there’s no guarantee that these are legit.

There are plenty of third-party Apple Watch straps out there, which either advertise themselves as such or are knockoffs trying to pass as the real thing. One of the comments on Reddit suggests that the bands were purchased from “a local electronics shop in Vietnam, where Apple is reportedly moving production of accessories to.”

They were seemingly not made in Vietnam, however. The bands bear the words “Assembled in China” etched into the metal. It’s possible they could be prototypes created in China, then sent to Vietnam for trial production.

What to expect from Apple Watch Series 6

We’ll likely find out for sure later this year. Not too much has been leaked about the next-gen Apple Watch. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities, the Apple Watch Series 6 will boast superior performance, improved wireless speeds and a possible scuba diving focus. watchOS 7, meanwhile, is rumored to add kid-friendly Activity Rings, new Watch faces, sleep-tracking and maybe even a pulse oximeter for blood oxygen measurements.

What are you hoping for from the next-gen Apple Watch? Would you buy this Watch strap? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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