Apple internal documents point towards expected gradual discoloration, deformation of Apple Watch Sport and Leather bands
Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 07:42
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables
The good news is that you’ve got your paws on your spiffy new Apple Watch, it’s in the mail or it’s due to ship soon.
The bad news is that the band on the Sport or Leather Apple Watch band isn’t the hardiest of warriors and can be expected to become discolored or deformed over time.
And Apple knows it.
An internal Apple document states that users can expect some discoloration for Apple’s fluoroelastomer Sport and selection of leather bands over time with normal wear and tear. Apple notes that discoloration of leather bands is “due to sweat or lotions” and an “expected behavior”. Apple’s documentation offers an example of the discoloration using an image of its blue Leather Loop band that appears quite faded:
In addition, Apple notes that band deformation is normal around the buckle of its leather straps.
For that reason, Apple will be denying any return or replacement requests based on straps showing these signs of wear. Not surprisingly, that will include scratches and marks on the metal bands.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.