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An Apple Watch with Pride

Rainbows. Rainbows everywhere.

In celebration of Pride month this June, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands with dynamic Pride watch faces in support of the global LGBTQ+ community and equality movement. This year’s Pride Edition Sport Loop showcases a colour gradient with the word ‘pride’ woven directly into the band. Apple is also launching a new Shot on iPhone pride campaign on Instagram that captures the essence of artists and figures within the global LGBTQ+ community.

Source: Apple

Apple is proud to build on its long-running support for LGBTQ+ advocacy organisations working to bring about positive change, from Encircle, an organisation 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 intervention organisation for LGBTQ+ young people. Additional advocacy organisations Apple is supporting include Equality Federation Institute, Equality North Carolina, Equality Texas, Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, The National Center for Transgender Equality, PFLAG and SMYAL in the US, as well as ILGA World internationally. Now in its seventh year, the Apple Watch Pride Edition bands and watch faces illustrate the ways in which the company stands with, supports and is proudly made up of the LGBTQ+ community.

Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ creative community at Apple were inspired to deliver a new expression of pride through this unique design. Utilising the comfortable, durable and adjustable Sport Loop design, Apple used a new technique to remove several of the double-layer nylon-woven textile loops on the band to reveal the word ‘pride’ in a cursive style inspired by the original ‘hello’ greeting — displayed on the first Macintosh in 1984 — giving the word a novel, three-dimensional look and feel.

The team designed a colour gradient that incorporates the original rainbow colours with those drawn from various pride flags, including light blue, pink and white, representing transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, and black and brown, symbolising Black and Latin communities. The colours also represent those who are living with or have passed away from HIV/AIDS.

Source: Apple

Inspired by multiple pride flags, this new watch face combines colours to represent the strength and mutual support of the LGBTQ+ movement. Mirroring the woven loops of the Sport Loop, each strand of vibrant thread contributes to the overall composition of the watch face. The colourful threads move as the Digital Crown on Apple Watch is rotated, the display is tapped or the user’s wrist is raised. Apple is also including new App Clip functionality within the band packaging to deliver a simple and convenient way for customers to immediately access the new matching watch face.

A new Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop celebrates the full spectrum of the rainbow and features a matching rainbow-coloured Nike Bounce face that accompanies the new band. Along with Nike’s Be True collection, the Sport Loop honours individuals who are expanding sport for future generations and inspiring others to feel the joy of being authentically themselves. Be True is part of Nike’s broader commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, which focuses on recognition, advocacy, inspiration and education.

Pricing and Availability

  • The Pride Edition Sport Loop and Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop are available for A$69 RRP inc. GST.
  • The new Pride Edition bands are available to order today from apple.com/au and in the Apple Store app, and will be available at Apple Store locations beginning on 26 May. The Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is also coming soon to nike.com.
  • The new Pride watch face will be available today, and requires Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.6, and iPhone 6s or later running iOS 15.5.
  • Both the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop are compatible with any Apple Watch.
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Atom is a Kiwi and gained experience in news reporting, bicultural and cross-cultural reporting, news photography, media law and ethics at the Auckland University of Technology.