1. Mac Guy's Avatar
    To swap ram you have to open it. This you just have to press a button
    No difference. Adding RAM in a 27" iMac is designed to be user accessible same as an interchangeable watch band. User's action on a part designed to be replaced/changed by the user. Actions are different, principle is exactly the same.


    that's asking for trouble.
    That's why there're carefully worded warranties. Just because you're given options doesn't mean you don't have to be careful. No reason Apple should be responsible for the failure of a third-party part installed by user.

    I expect Apple will probably do this no charge, as that's what the OP was told. Apple does stuff like that from time to time. My only point is they're very likely under no obligation to do so. Sometimes people catch a break, sometimes not. Just sayin'.
    04-12-2017 02:45 AM
  2. robertk328's Avatar
    No difference. Adding RAM in a 27" iMac is designed to be user accessible same as an interchangeable watch band. User's action on a part designed to be replaced/changed by the user. Actions are different, principle is exactly the same.
    I see your point, but the watch is designed for bands to be changed at will. How many change the RAM in their iMac every day?
    04-12-2017 05:02 AM
  3. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I see your point, but the watch is designed for bands to be changed at will. How many change the RAM in their iMac every day?
    True. I only exchange my RAM every other Tuesday.

    In all seriousness, I've changed RAM maybe once in all of my ears owning Macs.
    04-12-2017 06:46 AM
  4. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I see your point, but the watch is designed for bands to be changed at will.
    All the more reason for the end user to use compatible, reliable parts. Same principle. How is frequency the issue? How is that relevant to the use of third-party bands?

    Had this been an Apple band, Apple would no doubt repair/replace as per warranty, and possibly out of warranty as well.

    This Warranty does not apply:. . . (c) to damage caused by use with a third party component or product that does not meet the Apple Product’s specifications (Apple Product specifications are available at www.apple.com under the technical specifications for each product and also available in stores) https://www.apple.com/legal/warranty...rranty-us.html

    I guess I'm just making it clear, or trying to, that there is no onus on Apple. Or are you saying that because of the possible frequency of changes, that Apple has an obligation to insure the Watch works with non-Apple parts? Good luck with that.

    This goes back to the mention about Apple's warranty excluding the use of third-party bands. I'm saying that there's probably no such stipulation necessary. Apple Care Plus offers additional protection with additional conditions.

    Apple has their obligations and we have ours if we choose to honor the warranty. If the Watch somehow failed, then the third-party band is moot, as per the warranty. If the Watch didn't fail, then the band is in question.

    I'm not going to comment any further on base speculation and potential interpretations. They very likely won't help the OP. I hope he has good news for us and him.


    In all seriousness, I've changed RAM maybe once in all of my ears owning Macs.
    As another singular data point, I've changed RAM at least once in every single one of the many Macs I've owned except my latest MacBook and a 21" iMac. It's not possible with the former and not worth my time for the latter. My rule is buy with minimal RAM and upgrade with third-party memory. I've done this for others as well. In the current lineup that practice is only possible now with the Mac Pro and 27" iMac.
    04-12-2017 02:06 PM
  5. jmerrey's Avatar
    Another update! Tommy stated I should send back the replacement Watch head, as they most likely would charge me the full $599 if I kept it, since a third party modification/band caused the issue. What's interesting to me is that is the price of a new Watch, and they didn't send me a new Watch. They sent me the head only, and it's either new or refurbished (which they state is a possibility). I didn't get a new band, a new charger, or new packaging.

    Anyways, Tommy stated that once the $599 hold on my credit card drops off, we can do the entire process again, except this time I'll have to pay the $79 incident fee for my Apple Care+. So, I see light at the end of the tunnel
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    04-19-2017 11:00 AM
  6. tcuprof's Avatar
    04-19-2017 04:25 PM
  7. robertk328's Avatar
    Another update! Tommy stated I should send back the replacement Watch head, as they most likely would charge me the full $599 if I kept it, since a third party modification/band caused the issue. What's interesting to me is that is the price of a new Watch, and they didn't send me a new Watch. They sent me the head only, and it's either new or refurbished (which they state is a possibility). I didn't get a new band, a new charger, or new packaging.

    Anyways, Tommy stated that once the $599 hold on my credit card drops off, we can do the entire process again, except this time I'll have to pay the $79 incident fee for my Apple Care+. So, I see light at the end of the tunnel
    Slow and steady wins the race! Thanks for continually keeping us updated on this!
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    04-19-2017 07:14 PM
  8. jmerrey's Avatar
    Another update. I sent my Watch off today, and the word is that this time they'll be sending me a brand new Watch, no charge, no Apple Care + incident fee. In addition, they'll have Apple Care + added to the new Watch. I'm hesitant to say I'm home free, as this is the third time I've sent my Watch off, but I am hopeful.

    I've been wearing my AW Sport in the interim, and I have to say that I really like the matte aluminum finish. It's normally been my workout/yard work Watch, but I bet it would dress up nice with the correct band. I'd like to see Apple add a brushed SS Watch to the lineup for Gen 3, or at least give us more official strap options for the aluminum Sport Watch.
    05-04-2017 08:49 AM
  9. tcuprof's Avatar
    An amazing turnaround from where you started!
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    05-04-2017 04:06 PM
  10. robertk328's Avatar
    Another update. I sent my Watch off today, and the word is that this time they'll be sending me a brand new Watch, no charge, no Apple Care + incident fee. In addition, they'll have Apple Care + added to the new Watch. I'm hesitant to say I'm home free, as this is the third time I've sent my Watch off, but I am hopeful.

    I've been wearing my AW Sport in the interim, and I have to say that I really like the matte aluminum finish. It's normally been my workout/yard work Watch, but I bet it would dress up nice with the correct band. I'd like to see Apple add a brushed SS Watch to the lineup for Gen 3, or at least give us more official strap options for the aluminum Sport Watch.
    I would say "Good news!" but let's see what happens lol
    05-07-2017 07:39 AM
  11. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    The sport band that came with my watch works great. The aftermarket bands, both Apple and 3rd party, stick.
    05-07-2017 10:13 AM
  12. jmerrey's Avatar
    So, my replacement Watch is on the FedEx vehicle for delivery today. Looks a like a happy ending. Lots of trips back and forth to the Apple store, and hours on the phone, but it all worked out in the end. Moral of the story: use third-party Apple Watch bands at your own risk. And don't consider price a safety net. The band that got stuck in my Watch was around $100. That said, I'll probably continue to use third party bands until Apple is more flexible with their adapter colors. Thanks for all the good vibes from everyone
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    05-10-2017 10:31 AM
  13. robertk328's Avatar
    So, my replacement Watch is on the FedEx vehicle for delivery today. Looks a like a happy ending. Lots of trips back and forth to the Apple store, and hours on the phone, but it all worked out in the end. Moral of the story: use third-party Apple Watch bands at your own risk. And don't consider price a safety net. The band that got stuck in my Watch was around $100. That said, I'll probably continue to use third party bands until Apple is more flexible with their adapter colors. Thanks for all the good vibes from everyone
    Pics or it didn't happen
    05-10-2017 05:44 PM
  14. Mac Guy's Avatar
    A Nike Knock Off band I just got from a third party vendor (Electro Buy Online, Amazon Marketplace) self-destructed when first trying to put it in the Watch.

    The band slid in up to the metal bit in the middle of the lug that locks the band in place. That bit hung up on the edge of the Watch and then popped out.

    Had this happened when the band was fully in, I might have been in the same position as the OP. I bought two bands from this vendor and the second one worked just fine, but now I'm a little gun shy.

    Besides the actual wardrobe malfunction, the band isn't as nice looking as KOs go. It more resembles the Apple Nike band then is a good knock off. I won't buy from this vendor again.

    The real problem is that this band may be sold under different names by more than one vendor, so it's very much a buyer beware situation. My other KOs seem fine and look better than this one.

    I ordered these two bands because they're colors that aren't available from Nike. With one exception (Yellow Sport-ish) the KOs are colors that I can't get from Apple. So the plan is to get the Apple versions before season change and maybe skip most of the 'bargain' KOs.
    05-12-2017 01:15 PM
  15. Mac Guy's Avatar
    And don't consider price a safety net. The band that got stuck in my Watch was around $100.
    True. While not a guarantee, I would tend to think that bands at a more expensive price point might tend to be of generally higher quality. It's not the sole metric but a higher quality product typically commands a higher price as a result of better construction and materials, and not just cachet.

    Yes, anything at any price can still fail. BMW, Nikon, Patek Philippe, etc., can and do have failures. That's why they have warranties. Stepping outside the warranty is not without risks. I think I'll tread more carefully from here on out.
    05-12-2017 01:25 PM
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