Save on luxury Apple Watch bands with Ullu’s summer sale [Watch Store]

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Ullu offers a line of luxury Apple Watch bands in premium leathers that include stringray and ostrich.
Photo: Courtesy of Ullu

Ullu offers a taste of the accessibly exotic with its line of handcrafted leather bands for Apple Watch. The Apple-centric accessories brand offers luxurious bands in ostrich and stingray, as well as its signature Italian leather bands.

For the month of June, Ullu is hosting a summer sale — save up to 20 percent on select straps for Apple Watch. Peruse the collection of colorful, artisan-made bands in our Watch Store, and step up your summer style.

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 Burkley, 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, Burkley, 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:

Siri speaker, iPhone 8 delay, Juuk’s new Apple Watch bands and more

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A Siri smart speaker will bring better audio (and a higher price tag) than the Amazon Echo, and we might get our first look next month.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we take a look at how a Siri-powered smart speaker could bring better audio (and a higher price tag) than the Amazon Echo. It’s highly like such a device will be unveiled by Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Plus we’ve got how-tos: You’ll learn how to turn anything into a PDF on your iPhone or iPad, and how to use Apple Pencil to mark up those PDFs in the Mail app.

Also, check out Juuk Designs’ third collection of high-grade aluminum bands for Apple Watch. The new Ligero collection is now on view in our Watch Store.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Nike unveils new Apple Watch with ‘bone and black’ band

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Say hello to the new Nike Apple Watch.
Say hello to the new Nike Apple Watch.
Photo: Nike

Apple’s partnership with Nike has birthed a fresh new look for the Apple Watch Series 2 aimed at runners with a passion for style.

Nike unveiled its new twist on Apple’s iconic wearable today, dubbed the Apple Watch NikeLab. Nothing is new on the watch as far as hardware upgrades go, but the new “bone on black” band is so gorgeous fitness freaks will probably be lining up to get it on their wrists.

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.
Photo: Traci Dauphin/Cult of Mac

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.

Make your Apple Watch do a leather loop de loop [Watch Store]

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Customize your Double Tour with over 10 different thread-color choices for one-of-a-kind style.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

A wristwatch is so much more than a means to tell time these days. That prime real estate on your arm is an opportunity to bump up your style game in spades.

Heeding the call is the customizable and ultra-stylish Double Tour Apple Watch Band by OleksyPrannyk — the reasonably priced alternative to the Hermès band for Apple Watch. Best yet, the Double Tour Band in rich, deep chestnut in currently on sale for $89 in our Watch Store.

Apple expected to introduce red iPhone 7 in March

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For now, if you want a red iPhone, you have to buy a red case.
For now, if you want a red iPhone, you have to buy a red case.
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Apple will debut a new red variant of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a media event in March, a new report claims, citing a Barclays analyst.

The report also claims the March event will see Apple introduce a new iPad Pro lineup, as well as a new Apple Watch band and an added iPhone SE storage option.

Custom-fit Apple Watch band takes simplicity to next level [Reviews]

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The adjustable length button-stud band fits virtually all wrist sizes.
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Lust List: Button-Stud Apple Watch Band by Form Function Form

Making Apple’s “most personal device ever” personal to you is super-serious business for one Florida purveyor of hand-made leather goods.

Echoing the individuality of Apple Watch, Form Function Form takes customization to new levels in the design of its one-of-a-kind Button-Stud Apple Watch Band. This ingenious leather strap has 21 different size options, one of which is sure to fit even the fleshiest of wrists. If it doesn’t, the company provides free size adjustments for the entirety of your life.

Apple Watch band rivals Hermès’ Double Tour at a fraction of the cost [Reviews]

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Customize your Double Tour with over 10 different thread-color choices for one-of-a-kind style.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Hermès makes a sublime product, and its Apple Watch bands are no exception. I’d love one, but dropping $500-plus for a single wrist accessory isn’t happening in my lifetime.

Thankfully, the competition to wrap my wrist in premium leather is thriving with the recent launch of Apple Watch Series 2. Let’s take a look at a current favorite.

iPhone 7 leaks plus ‘revolutionary’ new iPads on The CultCast

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New Apple gadgets, incoming!
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This week on The CultCast: Leaks point to exciting upgrades coming to the smaller iPhone 7 — we’ll give you the scoop. Plus, get ready for iPhone 7, we have a launch date; Apple Watch 2 might be getting a sorely needed feature; new models and “revolutionary” upgrades are coming to the iPad line; and stick around for CultCast Choices, the game that pits one bad choice against another.

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