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You may soon be able to pickup new Apple Watch bands in-store, according to 9to5Mac. Citing an internal memo sent out to employees, the outlet reports that Apple Stores will soon start carrying limited quantities of bands for the just-released wearable.

Before you get too excited, the message indicates that a majority of the stock will be made up of Sport bands. Also, it sounds like much of the inventory is reserved for customers looking to swap their pre-bundled bands, and replacing worn out demo bands.

The news comes as Apple reportedly prepares to start carrying Apple Watch inventory in its retail stores next month. Since launching in April, supplies of the Watch have been very limited, with many pre-order customers still waiting to receive their devices.

Apple Watch bands start at $49, for the fluoroelastomer Sport model, and go all the way up to $449 for the Link Bracelet. Apple earlier this month announced an official third party band program, but there’s no word on when certified bands will be available.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • mp

    Fyi, here in Perth, Australia the fluoroelastomer bands start at AUD $79. The 38mm sport watch is $499 and the 42mm is $579.
    Considering it’s closer shipping distance from China than to USA (according to Apple Maps) I thought we were friends. 🙂

    • Kr00

      Don’t forget 10% GST is added to every price plus the low $AU.

      • mp

        The prices indicated are inclusive of GST. When 1 Aussie dollar was equivalent to 1 US Dollar (not that long ago) the retail price difference across all products was still the same.
        At the time we had parity, we could only benefit if we flew to America and purchased in your neck of the woods.
        Unfortunately this is Apple setting the price alone through their determination of our ‘living standard’. A standard that applies to a minority of our population.
        That and corporate greed. 🙂
        By the way we had a price increase across the iphone range etc. The apple staff have had to curb advising customers that the 64GB models are the same price as previous models 16GB phone memory. 🙁

      • Kr00

        You clearly missed the point. If you remove GST, then take into account the exchange rate (say you make it dollar for dollar), you’d only be out of pocket $40-$60 depending on the watch. Hardly gouging. Try Adobe who charge 200% for their CS packages compared to the US, and MS who use to charge Australians double for windows licenses, now that is gouging.

        Many Apple products were only $30-$50 dearer (excluding GST) to the US when the AU$ was 1 for 1. Music wasn’t cheaper as Australian music labels take a higher premium from the iTunes store. Apps came down slightly but not to parity.

        Some iMacs and MacBooks for a short time were almost the same as the US, but Apple don’t update their prices on a daily basis, more like quarterly, so thats why the fluctuations were in contrast to the lower pricing. I know, I was watching the prices like a hawk at the time as I buy for clients (new and refurbished). I’m not sure where you think I live, but it aint the US. FYI, many states in the US pay a VAT on their goods, so whatever prices you see in the US store are excluding tax.

        BTW, Apple have continually dropped their prices on the Mac lines over the past 2 years, as for the iPhone 6, that was right at the time the AU dollar went through the floor, but if you take my previous calculations into account, you aren’t paying substantially more than those in the US. Apple clearly proved that to the senate enquiry 18 months ago. So before you fly off the handle, do some homework first, it’ll save you getting high blood pressure. BTW, nobody is forcing you to buy anything. If you don’t like it, you certainly don’t have to buy it. Have a nice day.

      • mp

        I may have missed your point and my apologies, we had a poor excuse what passed off as an Australian parliamentary inquiry a few years ago the same day I viewed a macbook air that had hit the shelves in an apple store and I had an interesting conversation on US itunes song/app prices versus the same songs price in our itunes store. A rort a gouge, call it what you like.
        The point is we pay more in Australia with no plausible explanation and the prices have some severe differences with some high end Apple items. (I did not mention Mac items) and I don’t know what your definition of price gouging, however it was enough for our government to raise the issue with Apple, Microsoft and Adobe.
        I’m not full bottle on the policies and procedures a senate enquiry in America adopts, however my experience is that whenever comparisons are made between countries and their respective governments honesty, integrity and credibility the end result is that the compares would have been better off not raising the comparison. 🙂
        You’re correct in that no one is forcing me to buy a thing, I never said they were and what handle have I flown off? Two assumptions there.
        Perhaps my chosen words produce a stronger reaction but I raise valid points so perhaps we can compare blood pressure tests.
        Your advice on doing my homework, I’ll assume you had just received a blow to your head with a blunt object prior to making that claim. I invite you to sift through all my posts on this site and then give me an honest appraisal if you still believe I don’t do my homework Miss. 🙂

      • Kr00

        Here’s the rub. No government, senate enquiry or individual can force a company to sell anything they make for a cheaper price, you only have to look at petrol, now there’s an illegal form of price fixing if ever there was one. Cars made in Australia have been double the price than any other country, and car importers were charged a tariff so their product didn’t distort our over inflated car industry, the very reason why Ford, Holden, Toyota have to shut up shop now. In the end a company can charge what they wish. It’s a free market world.

        If I see something I know is over inflated I just think to myself, they can piss off, and just move along. Writing comments about it on blogs won’t change the fact or the price, but only make you come across as angry.

        FYI, I do not go through peoples profiles and read their previous comments. I replied to yours because you hadn’t done the calculations, just thrown out angry accusations. I merely pointed out what the differences actually were once you factored out the variables (which is what I do for my clients), and in the end, most Apple products (excluding music and software) come in between $20-$90 over the US price, between 3-7%. That isn’t gouging the customer. Thats a premium for doing business in another country. That’s what Apple stated in the senate enquiry, and they have half a point. Rents are more expensive in Oz, freight costs are more expensive in Oz, wages are far more higher in Oz. The consumer ends up paying for that. They won’t shift those costs to someone in another country, nor should they.

        Feel free to be pissed off about it, but taking your anger out on a tech blog isn’t really the mature approach, because in the end, nobody gives a shit. Thats life. Whats the point in bitching about things you can’t change? It’s not good for your health and in the end it won’t change the outcome.

      • mp

        See that’s what you fail to comprehend or understand. I’m not pissed off about it nor angry. If my car gets stolen and they run over my cat then I’m pissed off and angry.
        Your ‘bitching’ over my comments or offering advice on what is mature or not carry and convey the same pretence if not more so than what you’re trying on me. In other words you’re being hypocritical.
        One thing I do have is an excellent memory which I feel I have to ‘dumb’ down orherwise I list and provide stats info etc which can boggle some.
        I am accutely aware of some of your comments in past articles where you reference ‘butthurt’ ‘fanboyism’ I could go on but then I start to boggle people and some knuckleheads assume I’m angry or dare I say immature. Anyone with ‘butthurt’ in their repertoire ought to consider their stance on maturity if they don’t apply it to themselves.
        I’ve been reading this and perhaps fifty or so other sites on tech alone and I can recall what I need to and when. Spare me the sanctimonious approach you are failing miserably and apparently to quote you, “nobody gives a shit”. Einstein some actually do and a lot care and they’re not all as hollow as you make them out to be. People can express what they like and really who are you to tell them orherwise. Shall I assume the person in your photo has you so far under the thumb, your inadequacy has you asserting yourself here to reclaim your perceived lost manliness?
        Here’s a rub, where did I state that a govt has forced anyone to sell anything cheaper? I didn’t but that would spoil your pretence approach wouldn’t it?
        The anger/hostility I’ve gleaned over your previous comments is quite palpable. But then again bottling things up in itself is really what’s unhealthy kr00. Keeping anger bottled up is unhealthy. Vent a little if it helps and cleanse yourself, that is healthier. If you’re not sure on a person’s mindset when they post a comment, ask, don’t assume. You’ll realise you’re perhaps reading too much into it or are just trying very hard create antagonism. For what it’s worth you lost all credibility when you threw the ‘mature’ label around whilst you offer up ‘butthurt’. I don’t want to know where that word came from or what your association with it is. One more thing you actually do care enough to offer up your opinion whether it’s childish, full of shit or just plain stupid. Some will give a shit. Some like me in advance are immune and don’t buy your sales pitch. Its phoney and you use the word ‘butthurt’ way too much to ever be taken seriously. As long as you feel better for it your health will improve and that’s all that matters. Be sure to thank iDownloadBlog for creating a site that provides that platform. ‘Butthurt’ indeed. From now on you are Mr Butthurt. 🙂

      • Kr00

        Well you come across as one angry person. If you can’t see what others do, maybe take a look in the mirror. BTW, if you do the calculations on the Apple Watch sports, it cost $24 more in Austraila. You’re bitching about $24? First world problem mate.

      • Kr00

        You have a fixation with butts? Hmmm? Maybe you need a butt plug to stem the flow of butt hurt? Grow up littl man, you act like a child.

      • mp

        Mr Butthurt,
        Thanks for proving my point in your previous comments that in Australia we have high rents etc. Coupled with my earlier point that Apple deemed Australia to have a higher level of income vs other countries and I followed up with the majority don’t.
        $24, I don’t think so champ. On other products 50% upwards over song/app prices considering no rent is paid on a purchase of a song or app on itunes is unjustifiable and a ‘price gouge’.
        But you can focus on my butt if you like, maybe purse your lips and apply forcible pressure to it. Am I coming across angry to you? Dear me, dry your eyes princess.
        As for angry, your comments in other posts are the epitome of anger and self righteousness. No assumption there Mr Butthurt.

      • Kr00

        You’re bitching about $24? What a whinging little girl you are. First world issue asshat. Time to change your tampon, your period is showing.

      • mp

        Now you resort to comparisons with a tampon and the menstrual cycle of women. Who is writing your script? That’s highly inappropriate, may I suggest you refrain from such comparisons; try to maintain the insults at or above the butt level. There is no need to include the anatomy or its functions of a lady in a man to boy debate.

      • mp

        I would like to apologise to the ladies that read these articles and males included if any offence was felt by the comments made in relation to the female natural functions made by username: Kr00 aka Mr Butthurt.
        These comments are in no way affilited, accepted nor condoned by me. Rather they are a poor choice of words perpetuated by the self-contained vitriolic and immature nature of said username.
        Unfortunately I have no control over the comments posted and will seek to have these comments deleted by the owners of this site. Once again I apologise on behalf of any offence caused as this is not what iDownloadBlog is about.

      • mp

        For the information of all, this comment has been reported to Discus for their attention and appropriate action.
        I would also like to point out that it’s the first time I have made such a report. Such is the vulgarity I find with this comment and the particular nature of its poster.

      • mp

        To quote Dr Bruce Banner, “Don’t make me angry Mr Butthurt, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”. 😉

  • Dean Kolenda

    Don’t be an idiot, Apple is crap overpriced “tech” that cost 120 dollars to make but sell for a lot more, and just because it is “apple” does not mean is the best or even good at all. The apple watch is a great example of this : 1st, apple watches sell for 321 dollars to 10,000 dollars and cost 84 dollars to make (except the gold one because is has real f*king gold in it) 2nd Every fan boy out there is like “the apple watch!!! sooo cool ,apple are always innovative and first to ideas!” First touchscreen smart watch : 3 years ago by Samsung. 3rd, apple in general suck. The technology in the products is far behind, but they make it look new, second no customisation whatsoever!, IOS sucks, it is nowhere near close to the features of android. So to sum up this long ass comment, Don’t be a idiot and just buy apple products because their “apple” Look for other phones and smartwatches because there are way more phones with way more features.

    • Victor

      do you post this everywhere? If so, stop doing that. Its really stupid…

    • Joey_Z

      Apple watch costs a lot more than 84 dollars to make… if $84 is the number people telling you, then they simply don’t know what they are talking about…