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Apple Releases Limited Edition Black Unity Braided Solo Loop for Apple Watch, ‘Unity Lights’ Face

Apple has announced that it’s celebrating Black History Month with a number of different initiatives this year. One of the most notable announcements is a new edition Black Unity Braided Solo Loop for Apple Watch and the matching Unity Lights watch face, which Apple says is inspired by Afrofuturism.

Here’s how Apple describes the new Apple Watch Braided Solo Loop:

Designed by members and allies of Apple’s Black creative community to celebrate Black history and culture, the Apple Watch Black Unity Braided Solo Loop and matching Unity Lights Watch Face pay homage to generations of Blacks across the African Diaspora. This design symbolizes a common belief in the need for a fairer world. The vibrant red and green colors of the Pan-African flag appear as a dappled light on the black band.

Rounding out the band, Apple has also launched a new Unity Lights watch face for Apple Watch users around the world. Apple claims that this watch face was designed “using 2D ray tracing, a technology never before implemented for a watch face.”

Apple explains that this means that each pixel on the Apple Watch screen “simulates the light and shadow passing through it and the movement of the clock hands simultaneously reveals and hides the light, dynamically changing everything throughout the day”. There are a handful of different customization options here, including the ability to choose between a full-screen or circular watch face, black and white color options, tick marks, compilations, and more.

Apple also announces that it will soon offer Afrofuturism-inspired wallpapers for iPhone, iPad and Mac via Apple.com.

The Black Unity Braided Solo Loop is available today from Apple website and in the Apple Store app. It will also launch at select Apple Store locations on Tuesday, February 1. The band sells for $99. The Unity Lights watch face is now available in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Apple is also planning a wide range of content for Black History Month in Apple Podcasts, Apple Music, and more. You can find out more in the full press release here.

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