I bought an Apple Watch band today, which is nothing new. I’ve done it many times before. Today was a new Apple Watch Solo Loop, after I discovered that a color I was interested in (Deep Navy) was not available for several weeks via delivery – but was available for pickup at the store at my local Apple Store the next day.
But I’ve not been to the local Apple Store, or the mall it’s located in, since February.
So today I left, and while the center was pretty quiet, there were people around, all following the center̵
I waited in the front line for a minute when an Apple employee scanned my Apple Wallet barcode and pointed me to a waiting area outside the store. After a few minutes, another employee showed up with my box, and I was on my way.
While I was waiting, I looked into the store, and it seemed busy – for a new definition of busy. As far as I knew, every person in the store was accompanied by an Apple employee. It was the emptiest I have ever seen the store, but in today’s context there were many who shared an indoor room together. I’m not really planning to go to the Apple Store anytime soon, but it’s good to know that I do not have to rely on shipping if I want to place an Apple Store order.
I hear from my sources in Apple Retail that the rollout of these bands when few people can go into stores to try them on size, has really backfired. There are many returns. And no matter how much waste Apple saves by not including an AC adapter in the box, it is at least offset by all the waste that comes from people getting a tape, opening the package, finding that it does not fit, and returning the tape.
I’m also confused that Apple did not do what John Gruber did, and gave a reference that converts the dots on the standard Sport Band to a size for the Solo Loop. For many people, it would save a lot of heartache.
In any case, I used Gruber’s post to choose the size. The problem is that I use two different notches on the Sport Band! One is a little too loose and makes the heart rate monitor complain; one can be a little too tight sometimes. I decided to err on the side of density, especially since everything I’ve read about the band suggests that people tend to order them too loose, not too tight.
So is Deep Navy Solo Loop Size 6 the right size for me? Probably, even if it’s a little tight – but again, I think it’s right that I’m wrong on the side of tightness instead of my watch flipping around on my wrist thanks to a loose band. And to set the clock on and off by stretching the band as if so much taffy is going to get used to. We will see how this new band style is worn over time, and whether it ends up in my drawer together with the other watches I have collected over the years, or whether it stays on my wrist.
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