The Braided Solo Loop Apple Watch band was released in 2020 along with the Apple Watch Series 6. The packaging describes this product as a “Textile Fitted Band.” According to Apple’s website:
“Each Braided Solo Loop features a unique, stretchable design that’s ultracomfortable and easy to slip on and off your wrist. Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the 16,000 polyester yarn filaments in each band are interwoven with thin silicone threads using advanced braiding machinery then laser cut to an exact length. The 300D construction offers a soft, textured feel and is both sweat-resistant and water-resistant.”
The color of this band is beige. It was available in 41mm and 45mm widths. The 41mm Braided Solo Loop was sold in wrist sizes 1–9, and the 45mm Braided Solo Loop was sold in wrist sizes 4–12.
According to Apple’s website, “This band comes in custom sizes because it’s designed for an ultracomfortable fit. An accurate measurement will help you get the size that’s right for you.” The website allowed buyers to download a PDF and cut out a “tool” that wrapped around the wrist to designate the band size needed.
For the die-hard Apple fans among us, one might mark the release of this band with a bit of melancholy. When the original iMac was introduced in 1998, Steve Jobs said, “Today we brought romance and innovation back into the industry. iMac reminds everyone of what Apple stands for.” The groundbreaking design of the original iMac in translucent Bondi Blue included a series of taglines, including one that has suck with me for the past 24 years—”Sorry, no beige.” I wistfully report that beige is back in an official Apple product.