Hermès removes leather Apple Watch bands from site.

Hermès removes leather Apple Watch bands from site.

Luxury-goods retailer Hermès has made a surprising move by removing its entire range of leather bands for the Apple Watch from its online store. This decision comes just two days before Apple’s highly anticipated event where they are expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 9 and iPhone 15. It also follows recent reports by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who claimed that Apple was planning to “move away from leather on iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands” due to environmental and sustainability concerns.

Gurman, known for his accurate predictions about Apple’s plans, raised the question of how this shift away from leather might impact Apple’s partnership with Hermès. Until very recently, Hermès offered a range of luxury leather bands for the Apple Watch. Gurman took to social media to share screenshots of Hermès’ website, showing the removal of the link to its leather bands. Other sources, such as 9to5Mac, also confirmed the disappearance of Hermès’ Apple Watch bands from their product page.

The removal of the leather Apple Watch bands from Hermès’ online store has left people wondering whether this marks the end of Apple’s longstanding partnership with the luxury retailer. It is unclear if Hermès is preparing to update its store with new non-leather or possibly even leather accessories, or if Apple is planning to introduce a new range of synthetic bands and cases that could entirely replace leather options. Interestingly, Hermès’ website still offers a variety of leather accessories for Apple products, including key rings for AirTags, cases for AirPods Pro, and a calfskin case for the iPhone 12. Furthermore, Apple’s own website still showcases several leather bands from Hermès.

Confirmation of Apple’s reported move away from leather is expected during their upcoming event. This event will likely shed light on the new Apple Watch and iPhone, potentially unveiling a range of synthetic bands and cases that may replace leather options altogether. Gurman believes that environmental and sustainability concerns will play a significant role in this event, suggesting that Apple may have relevant announcements in other areas beyond just the watch and phone.

As the anticipation builds, we can expect all the details to be revealed in just a couple of days’ time. If you’re eager to watch the live stream of Apple’s biggest event of the year on Tuesday, ENBLE has a comprehensive page explaining everything you need to know.

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