Shake up your wristgame with a Watchpop Apple Watch band

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The Watchpop Loop for Apple Watch in Orca Black/White pops on and off easily with built-in fasteners.
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If you love Apple’s Sport Loops for Apple Watch, we’ve got a fantastic alternative that costs 10 bucks less and features a new design element to Apple’s version.

Enter the Watchpop Loop for Apple Watch, German-company Bluestein’s stylish answer to those seeking the look and performance of Apple’s Sports Loop. Watchpop’s version has all the same bells and whistles, yet offers a fun line of black bands (and, one white!) flanked by colored edging.

Add edge to Apple Watch with these chainlink and leather bands [In Stock]

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We love the high quality of Bezel & Bytes' genuine leather Apple Watch bands with added bling.
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Wearable tech just got way more fashionable with Bezels & Bytes — a San Francisco-based company dedicated to empowering women who love technology with new and fashionable ways to wear it.

These bands are a polished and sophisticated upgrade to the every day Apple Watch band. Made by women for women, these glamorous bands take the wearer seamlessly from work to a night out.

Buy two Casetify Apple Watch bands, get 20% off [Summer Sale]

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Take your pick of any two Casetify Apple Watch bands and get 20% off! Includes Stainless Steel, Woven Nylon and Saffiano Leather bands.
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Now’s the perfect opportunity to up your Apple Watch style game and swap out that old strap for something fresh. Enter Casetify’s collection of fun and super stylish Apple Watch bands in Stainless Steel Mesh, Woven Nylon and the artist-inspired line of Saffiano Leather bands.

Browse the full lineup of Casetify bands in our Watch Store, and remember to use code CULTOF20 at checkout for 20 percent off when you purchase two Casestify Apple Watch bands through Aug, 31, 2018.

Juuk’s Velo Apple Watch bands are classic to the core

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The Velo by Juuk — an aluminum, three-link band shown here in Obsidian.
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Juuk’s engineered, aluminum Apple Watch bands are always on point. Then they elevate things even more.

The Velo is the first in Juuk’s luxury lineup of aluminum bands to feature a tapered, three-link design. And, the popular Obsidian finish is finally back in stock! This classic band comes in four additional finishes — Midnight, Ruby, Cosmic Grey and Silver. Check them out below.

Hands on with Ullu’s colorful, leather Apple Watch bands [Unboxing]

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A tiny bit of color goes a long way!
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Renowned for its snap-on iPhone cases, Ullu also makes a beautiful assortment of luxurious, leather Apple Watch bands.

Crafted for an excellent finish and fit, these well-padded and stitched bands come in either hand-painted or premium leather.

Our very own Nadine Kahney gives us a hands-on look at the Ullu Premium Leather Band in Tangerine, available for purchase in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. Check it out below.

Score big with these World Cup-inspired Apple Watch bands

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Repping your World Cup team just got easier, as Casetify's inclusive collection features bold designs adapted from the countries' flags.
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Who will it be? Croatia or France? Wear the World Cup on your wrist with Casetify’s colorful, tournament-inspired Apple Watch bands.

This international collection of bands represents 18 countries, the teams of which are currently battling it out at the 21st FIFA World Cup, held every four years.

Up your Apple Watch style game, and support your World Cup favorite year-round!

Nyloon launches Apple Watch bands for extra-large wrists

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Shop Nyloon's colorfully cool collection of NATO nylon bands for Apple Watch.
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Nyloon is constantly upping its game. Responding to customer feedback, the company regularly adds new styles and patterns to its lineup of extreme-quality nylon Apple Watch bands. And, now they’ve gone a step further to include a lineup of extra-large straps to fit even the biggest wrists.

For those with larger wrists, finding a comfortably fitting band for one’s Apple Watch is a challenge. The majority of brands out there simply don’t offer extra-large sizing. If this is the case for you, check out Nyloon’s five new bands in extra large, fitting up to 10.75-inch wrists!

Amp up your Apple Watch with Carterjett’s all-weather, silicone bands

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Carterjett Tire Tread Sport band review: A silicone band for big wrists.
Tire tracks all across your band mean all kinds of fun.
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Apple’s Sport band is the basic bro of Apple Watch straps. If you want something a little more rugged — and a lot less forgettable — strap on a Tire Tread Sport band from Carterjett. These sturdy silicone bands come in brilliant colors, with extra-large sizes and surprisingly small price tags.

They’re a perfect option for revving up your Apple Watch collection.

Cult of Mac Magazine: HomePod is still hopeless, and it’s (mostly) Siri’s fault

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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: HomePods went on sale in Europe this week, and I ordered one. It arrived the very next day. I tried it out, and then sent it back to Apple the day after that. Why? Because it’s a half-finished product. Siri is just as glitchy and annoying on HomePod as elsewhere. It doesn’t work properly with a Mac.

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Celebrate Pride with this rainbow Apple Watch band [Pride Month]

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The Love is Love Pride band from Nyloon closely resembles Apple's own rainbow Apple Watch band that was released last year.
The Love is Love Pride band from Nyloon closely resembles Apple's own rainbow Apple Watch band that was released last year.
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June is Pride Month and Nyloon has issued a woven nylon rainbow Apple Watch band for its wearers to celebrate and show support for the LGBT community. Plus, who doesn’t love rainbows?

The band, which comes in both 38 and 42 mm, is part of a Nyloon’s growing collection of popular nylon bands for Apple Watch. The Love is Love Pride band is a limited-release, so grab one now.