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Apple revamps its smartwatch with colourful straps for spring

Apple Watch straps launch in new coloured and patterned designs

Apple has launched a colourful new collection of straps for its smartwatches, including stripy and spotty designs.

Unveiled for the spring season, the range includes straps for the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Nike+ and Apple Watch Hermès, in a choice of materials that includes nylon, leather and rubber.

The Apple Watch can now be paired with a new striped nylon strap

One of the most distinctive designs is the new striped nylon strap, which comes in a range of different colour sets, including black and grey; white and grey; white, blue and green; and white, pink, yellow and orange.

Other new additions include three new colours of the brand's Classic Buckle straps, called Spring Yellow, Electric Blue and Soft Pink.

Apple revamps its smartwatch with colourful straps for spring
The Sport Loop straps, which are made from a double-layer nylon weave with a hook-and-loop fastener, now come in four new shades

The rubber Sport Bands, which are made from a high-performance fluoroelastomer, now come in shades called Denim Blue, Lemonade and Red Raspberry. And the Sport Loop straps, which are made from a double-layer nylon weave with a hook-and-loop fastener, now come in Flash Light, Hot Pink, Marine Green and Tahoe Blu.

For customers buying the Apple Watch Nike+, which is tailored to sports enthusiasts, there is also be the option to purchase versions of the Sport Band and Sport Loop that match the latest Nike running shoes.

Apple revamps its smartwatch with colourful straps for spring
The Hermès-branded Apple Watch collection also includes some new designs

The Hermès-branded Apple Watch collection also includes some new designs, featuring contrasting paint details. Both the smaller Double Tour and the larger Single Tour Rallye designs will be available with indigo blue and white straps featuring bright red edges and crown.

Apple revamps its smartwatch with colourful straps for spring
The Double Tour and Single Tour Rallye designs are now available with red edges

The Apple Watch first launched back in 2014, featuring a purely digital square face, interchangeable straps and a sapphire screen. At the time, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "We set out to create the best watch in the world."

It got off to a shaky start, suffering criticism from designer including Yves Behar and Technology Will Save Us co-founder Bethany Koby, and then later from Apple co-founder Steven Wozniak.

However sales are understood to be strong. In its latest financial results, Apple reported 70 per cent year-on-year growth in the "other" section of its products, which includes the Apple Watch, Apple TV, Beats headphones and iPod.

And last year, at the launch for the Apple Watch Series 3, Cox revealed that smartwatch usage had increased by 50 per cent since the launch of the previous version.

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Apple revamps its smartwatch with colourful straps for spring