Update 1 February 2021: Both the special limited edition Apple Watch and the Unity strap for the Apple Watch can be ordered from now on:
- Limited Edition Unity Apple Watch: vanaf €428,25 (40mm & 44mm)
- Black Unity sport band 40mm (also suitable for 38mm): € 49, –
- Black Unity sports band 44mm (also suitable for 42mm): € 49, –
Original article January 26
Recently it appeared that watchOS 7.3 brings a new watch face. The Unity watch face contains all kinds of colors that represent different groupings, such as people from Africa. In the context of Black History Month, Apple is therefore also coming with a matching Apple Watch and special strap. The Apple Watch Black Unity Collection will be available from February 1. Apple also organizes other initiatives across its various services.
Black Unity Collection: special Apple Watch and strap
Apple says it created the Black Unity Collection to honor and recognize black history and culture. The entire collection consists of a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6, the new Black Unity Sport band and the aforementioned Unity watch face. With this special collection, Apple supports six global organizations committed to racial equality. Recently, Apple already announced the new racial equality initiative.
The special limited edition Apple Watch is an Apple Watch Series 6 in space gray aluminum. It comes with the Black Unity Sport band and Black Unity is engraved on the back. The limited edition comes in both 40mm and 44mm. The strap is also available separately. The prices are the same as the normal models. Apple says the Black Unity Collection will be available in the US and 38 other countries and regions starting February 1. It is not yet clear whether the Netherlands will be involved, but we assume that. The Apple Watch will only be available in February, but the band will be available year-round.
The Unity watch face is part of watchOS 7.3, which will be released later today. That means that iOS 14.4 can also be downloaded from tonight.
The Black Unity Sport Band is a new band made from different colors of fluoroelastomer joined by hand. There will therefore be individual differences between bands, just like the Pride Sport band. It is not the first time that Apple has released a special tape for such initiatives. Pride bands have been a tradition for many years and now a band and a special Apple Watch are added for Black History Month.
Apple is also coming along with a new Apple Watch challenge. You can earn a special medal by completing your movement ring for seven consecutive days in February.
More initiatives for Black History Month
Apple’s services also pay a lot of attention to the initiative. In the App Store, Apple celebrates dark developers and Apple Music highlights music from dark artists. Think special playlists for jazz, soul, gospel, R&B and hip hop. The Apple TV app will include an Essential: Stories That Honor Black Families collection, in which films and TV shows have been selected within the theme. Some episodes of The Oprah Conversation can also be viewed for free via the TV app, even if you are not an Apple TV + subscriber.
In Apple’s press release you can read which services are even more dedicated to the Black History Month.
- 2021 – February 01, 2:18 PM: Special Limited Edition Apple Watch and Unity Sports Band on sale now.