Pride month begins June 1, but it’s never too early to start supporting LGBTQ+ communities. Ahead of the official start of Pride Month, Apple has released two dynamic new Pride Edition bands and eye-catching Apple Watch faces. With a slew of options to choose from, you can bring pride wherever you go with Pride Apple Watch bands for 2022. According to an email from Apple to Elite Daily, the announcement “build[s] for his longstanding support of LGBTQ+ rights organizations working to bring about positive change, from Encircle, an organization that provides life-affirming programs and services for the LGBTQ+ community and their families , to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ youth.
Apple announced the new Pride Edition Collection for 2022 on May 24and they became available in stores and online May 26. According to Apple, the new bands and faces were “designed by members and allies of Apple’s LGBTQ+ creative community.” The reimagined collection takes the classic Pride rainbow flag to the next level, and you don’t even have to sacrifice style for comfort.
The first of two bands, called the Pride Edition Sport Loop, takes the comfortable, durable and adjustable design of the Sport Loop band and details it with rainbow stripes and the word “Pride” written in cursive, à la the iconic ” Hello “. ” greeting that welcomes you to your new device. The cursive design was created by removing several of the double-layered nylon woven textile loops, giving the strap a distinctive 3D look that is sure to turn heads.
The new band is available in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, for $49 each.
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Next up is the Nike Sport Loop Pride Edition, which was made, you guessed it, in collaboration with Nike. With black stripes alongside the colored stripes, the Nike Sport Loop Pride Edition puts a whole new spin on the typical rainbow design. The new group is also featured in Nike’s Be True campaigna multi-year initiative to promote equality in all sports, by 2022.
The 41mm and 45mm Nike Sport Loop Pride Edition straps are available at Apple website for $49, and will be available on the Nike website soon. (As of May 29, you can pick up last year’s Pride Nike band at a discount, so keep an eye out for new ones or stock up on OG while you wait.) When you buy the new band, you You’ll also have access to the new Nike Bounce watch face which features a shaded rainbow design and displays the iconic Nike symbol at the bottom of your screen.
Both Pride Apple Watch bands are compatible with any Apple Watch.
Finally, the final feature of the Pride 2022 collection is the Pride Threads watch face. With colorful threads that move every time you turn the digital crown, tap your screen, or raise your wrist, this fun and innovative watch face inspired by multiple Pride flags is just as interactive as it is aesthetically pleasing.
In order to adorn your watch with the proud design, you will need to be running watchOS 8.6 on your Apple Watch Series 4 or later. The design can also be used on your iPhone if you have an iPhone 6s or later running iOS 15.5.
Plus, you won’t have to waste your time scrolling through a bunch of designs to find the Pride Threads watch face, as Apple is also including a new App Clip feature in the Pride Edition Sport Loop package to access the living watch. face easier and more convenient.
Straps and watch faces aren’t the only way the company is embracing Pride. While proceeds from your watchband won’t be donated directly, according to an email from Apple, the company is a regular donor to a handful of LGBTQ+ advocacy groups, including Circle, The Trevor Project, The National Center for Transgender Equality, Texas Equality, gender spectrumand more.
Looking good and doing great with your new Apple Watch band? Sounds like a great start to Pride Month.