Show your true stripes with these fun, fuzzy Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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The Cavallino Leather Band for Apple Watch in Stripey is calf's leather with hair remaining on the hide.
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Lust List: Cavallino Leather Apple Watch Band by Meridio

Add some furry texture to your wrist with a stand-out strap from Meridio, makers of fine, Italian leather straps for Apple Watch.

We love Meridio bands for their craftsmanship and elegance, and the Cavallino Collection is no exception. See what makes these beautiful bands unique, and take 30 percent off the regular price in our Watch Store.

This handmade Apple Watch band is a true triple threat [Watch Store]

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The Triple Tour is handmade from a solid piece of vegetable-tanned leather, and can be worn three ways.
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In a tiny workshop in Austin, Texas, one of my all-time-favorite leather straps for Apple Watch is made carefully by hand. The Triple Tour Band by Arrow & Board is a “split” version of the ubiquitous Double Tour strap — popularized by the beautiful albeit monstrously-priced Hermès version.

Sporty silicone Apple Watch strap will beat the elements [Watch Store]

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The strap’s face spans the width of the watch itself, projecting a rugged yet sharp presence with its smooth chamfers and intricate crosshatch surface.
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Lust List: Nomad Sport Strap for Apple Watch

Nomad, maker of minimalist, practical accessories for Apple Watch and iPhone, just dropped its slick, new Sport Strap. At $50, it’s a cool alternative to the similarly priced Nike Sport Bands by Apple.

With the intention of creating a silicone strap designed to “withstand the stresses of all forms of sport and exercise,” Nomad has succeeded — the Sport Strap is a strong, lightweight, sweat- and water-resistant band that is also-super comfortable on the wrist.

Read on to learn more, and check it out in our Watch Store.

Celebrate Memorial Day with huge Watch Store sale! [Watch Store]

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We've selected many of our best brands for this sale including Bucardo, Clessant, JUUK, Just Mobile and many more!
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Memorial Day weekend is no exception to the epic sales typically found on holiday weekends. In addition to a little R&R, why not spend a minute treating yourself to some great scores for Apple Watch?

Cult of Mac Watch Store’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale will offer 20 percent off the majority of our vendors. You’ll find great discounts on some of our most popular brands for Apple Watch straps, chargers and stands. Some of these vendors include: Bucardo, Juuk, Just Mobile, Strapple, Clessant and many more.

Sale ends next, so check out these stellar discounts while they last, and check out some of our featured brands below:

Cuff strap for Apple Watch puts the heat on Hermès at 20% off [Watch Store]

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The Cuff Strap in Horween English Tan Leather by Jack Foster is a rugged high-style take on an Apple Watch strap.
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Feeling rugged and maybe a little bit Roman? Go ahead and swap out the standard strap that comes with your new Apple Watch for something a little more, er, Ben Hur-ish.

The Cuff Strap by Jack Foster fits the bill, and the juxtaposition with the sleek Apple Watch somehow quite high-style. Better yet, it costs just a fraction of what you’ll spend for Hermès’ similar double-buckle leather strap.

And, Jack Foster’s beautiful collection of leather cuffs and bands for Apple Watch are currently 20 percent off at Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Study finds Apple Watch is most accurate wearable at measuring heart rate

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Has your Apple Watch's sensor panel popped off?
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When it comes to measuring heart rate and calories burned, not all fitness trackers are created equal, based on the findings of a scientific study that pitted the top wearables on the market against each other.

The in-depth study conducted by researchers at Stanford University was published today, revealing that Apple Watch is the most accurate wrist-worn tracker on the market, but it’s still far from perfect.

Today in Apple history: It’s time for Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch was the first major new product launch of the post-Steve era.
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April24 April 24, 2015: It’s time for the official release of the Apple Watch, the wearable device Tim Cook describes as the “next chapter in Apple history.”

Fans, having endured a seven-month wait since the device’s unveiling at a keynote the previous September, can finally strap an Apple Watch onto their wrists. Behind the scenes, however, this moment been a lot longer in the making.

Overcast app lets you send podcasts to Apple Watch

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Like podcasts? Like Apple Watch? Then this is the app for you!
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Superior iOS podcast app Overcast has issued a new 3.1 update, allowing users to send individual podcasts to their Apple Watch to listen to when they’re not in the immediate vicinity of their iPhone.

This is something that can’t be done with Apple’s official Podcasts app, even though users can send audio files from the iOS Music app.

It’s time for Apple Watch to get serious about fitness

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Here's how Apple could improve watchOS 4 for fitness buffs.
Here's how watchOS 4 could improve Apple Watch for fitness buffs.
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Apple puts fitness front and center in its advertising for Apple Watch Series 2, even going so far as to claim the device is a “superior sports watch.” But in reality, it is not a sports watch at all. It’s a smartwatch. And that’s a massively important distinction.

Sports watches, like the TomTom Runner or Garmin Forerunner, are cheaper and more reliable at logging workouts, while smartwatches are jacks of all trades, which usually means they are masters of none. Or at least, not masters of fitness.

The sad fact is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Right now, it’s mostly the software that is letting Apple Watch down. That’s why I’m hoping that with its next major software update, Apple will finally get its smartwatch into shape for fitness fans. Here’s what I want to see in watchOS 4, which Apple will likely unveil at its Worldwide Developers Conference this June.

Strapple’s mock-croc Apple Watch band gives you a taste of the exotic [Review]

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Lust List: Crocodilus Apple Watch band by Strapple

This crocodile Apple Watch strap is a total crock. But in a good way! Made of Italian calfskin leather but stamped to look like crocodile skin, this beefy Apple Watch band looks exotic but costs a fraction of what a real reptile hide would set you back.