Apple Watch’s new sizes make buying bands even more confusing

The Apple Watch Series 7 was one of several announcements made at Apple’s “California Streaming” event, sharing the stage with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, a new iPad Mini with USB-C charger, and more. The watch comes in a new 41mm and 45mm sizing, removing the 40mm and 44mm sizing that has been the standard for the last few generations of Apple Watch.

As expected, Apple has updated its online inventory of watch bands accordingly for the new sizes. But many of them no longer list options for the 38, 40, 42 and 44mm size options for all tires. While it may seem at first glance that Apple has unceremoniously removed support for all previous models, don’t worry, it didn’t. However, the company made it a little more confusing to quickly find the accessory made for your watch size.

This breakdown should make choosing easier.

If you see a 41mm band you like, it implicitly indicates that they will work with 38mm and 40mm cases as well. The 45mm bands work with Apple Watch models with a 42mm or 44mm case. To make sure you get a size that’s compatible with your watch, Apple’s site provides compatibility details right below the size options, so make sure to click that if you’re skeptical.

This window appears when you click “View Compatibility Details” in Apple’s online store.

Shopping for solo treadmills is just a little more complicated, but nothing new there. In case you didn’t know, they are only compatible with Apple Watch SE, the Series 4 and newer models. For 40mm and 41mm Apple Watch models, you can get solo treadmills in the size range of one through nine, while the 44mm and 45mm models work with band sizes four through 12. If that size is right for you if it sounds gibberish, the solo loop requires you to measure your wrist size to find the size that matches Apple’s sizing guidelines.

To reiterate, bands made for the smaller of the two new sizes will work with the previous, smaller Apple Watch models and vice versa. In fact, getting a larger size Apple Watch band makes it work with previous wearables that were the largest size option of their respective generation.

I hope this tip helps you find a watch band that fits your watch. While it may be confusing at first, once you know it, it’s quite easy to commit to memory.