Difference in charging cable?

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  1. bulbousnub macrumors 6502

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    I just read a report on reddit that the charging cable that comes witht the Sport model is plastic instead of all metal like the Watch model and standalone chargers.

    Anyone able to verify that?
     
  2. joshcls macrumors 6502

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    That would be a bummer.
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I remember seeing stuff about that a while ago so I think it is true.
     
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    with the "awesome" packaging of the sport i wouldn't be surprised
     
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    And then the guy noticed he hadn't taken the plastic wrapper off....
     
  7. applegeek97 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, I mentioned that days ago on the 4/24 -5/8 order thread.
     
  8. riotrhythm macrumors regular

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    the Sport is indeed all plastic. go look at ifixit's teardown. it's on there
     
  9. bulbousnub thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You're right. Pic attached.

    That's really weird they would go to the trouble of making an entirely different charger. I wonder why?

    And I wonder if the difference in cables will have an effect on docks and other accessories.
     

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  10. shanew212 macrumors member

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    Cost.
     
  11. joshcls macrumors 6502

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    So are the replacement cables metal or plastic?
    About to go buy a replacement cable.
     
  12. AbeFrohman macrumors 6502

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    Watch unboxing of a Sport vs. Apple Watch. The charger on the Stainless model has a metal ring on the charging puck & the Sport has white plastic.
     
  13. bulbousnub thread starter macrumors 6502

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    AFAIK they're metal.
     
  14. joshcls macrumors 6502

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    They def look metal to me. Easy upgrade.
     
  15. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    It is true.

    Plastic goes well with aluminum.
     
  16. bulbousnub thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really though? You have the think the cost of manufacturing two entirely separate charging cables would be more than the cost to just include the one everyone else gets.
     
  17. JoJack82 macrumors regular

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    While I believe cost is one factor it is also a way to slightly differentiate the models a little more. The premium model comes with a premium metal charger and the entry level model comes with a plastic charger.
     
  18. SixtyK macrumors 6502a

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    This is the extra charger I received... definitely not all metal.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. shanew212 macrumors member

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    Depends on how much the cost difference is. If the difference is $2 per cable and you sell 10 million sport watches, it adds up.
     
  20. bulbousnub thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, well, more metal than the one I attached above, that's for certain.
     
  21. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    An even better differentiation would be including no charger with Sport.
     
  22. Downs2011 macrumors regular

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    Yea I guess a SS connector would be pretty weird with the aluminum body of the sport.
     
  23. crzyhanko macrumors newbie

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    Based on the description of the back of the sport model, "Sport models have a composite back with hard coated optical polymer lenses", I'd say you'd want a plastic charger to avoid scratching it (at least judging by how my eye glasses look after a year of wearing them).

    (description from footnote 1: https://www.apple.com/watch/technology/)
     
  24. Charmanders123 macrumors newbie

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    Can confirm.

    It's Plastic.

    White 42mm Sport owner (Australia).
     
  25. omgitscro macrumors 6502a

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    All of the inductive chargers have to be plastic on the side where they contact the Watch. This has nothing to do with scratching the lenses.

    The only difference between the Watch and the Watch Sport chargers is the enclosure around the puck, minus the side where it contacts the Watch. On the standalone chargers and the Watch charger, the enclosure is made of a combination polished/brushed stainless steel. For the Watch Sport's included charger, the enclosure is white plastic.
     

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