Apple has announced new customisation options for the Apple Watch. This is to recognise and celebrate Black History Month. Last year Apple recognised the annual celebration of Black culture in a similar way with a special edition Apple Watch called ‘Unity’. This year Apple is offering a new Black Unity braided solo loop and an all-new watch face called ‘Unity Lights’.

The new band is available in multiple sizes and can be purchased for both the 41mm and 45mm Apple Watch. The band is also backwards compatible with all previous generations of the Apple Watch. The new Unity Lights face is available for free for all existing Apple Watch owners running watchOS 8. Simply navigate to the watch face menu and you’ll find it in the list of available faces.

The new face has many customisation options. It can be displayed as a full-screen face (as pictured above) or you can enclose it inside a circle. You can add up to four complications around the edge. And you can also add a dial to the face in both full screen and circle mode. Finally, you can change the colour of the face to a black and white glow instead of the default colour option as featured.

This represents a small part of the work that Apple has been doing to tackle racial inequality and to tackle systemic racism.

This collection, and the organizations it supports, is only a small part of the commitment Apple has made to challenge systemic barriers that exist for communities of color, and particularly for the Black community.


Apple has created some wallpapers that feature the beautiful unity glow design for the Mac, iPhone and iPad too. They can be downloaded from this link. I love that Apple is taking the time to recognise Black History Month annually in the same way that they recognise Pride every year too. But this new Apple Watch collection is just a small part of the work Apple is doing to recognise Black History Month. You can find out more over at

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