Lightning Port

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  1. superlawyer15 macrumors regular

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    I forgot to check when I went to my try-on session, but did anyone take the bands off to see if the lightning port is still there?
     
  2. specik macrumors 6502

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    I'd also like to know this, although I don't think it's a lightning port. As I understand, it's some sort of diagnostic port.
     
  3. Weavus macrumors member

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    Yup, the port was still there.
     
  4. superlawyer15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    but if its not a lightning port than what kind of port is it?
     
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    Port is probably the wrong word, since a port would be a water problem. It is just pin connectors. They are probably USB.

    EDIT: It is not USB since USB is only 4. I bet it is a Lightning interface. This way Apple has proprietary use and no one else can use it for nefarious reasons (like Jailbreaking).
     
  7. Weavus macrumors member

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    Bespoke interface for them to flash the firmware or run diagnostics is my guess.

    There are currently no cables to use with it, but maybe someday in the future someone will reverse engineer it. If we are REALLY lucky it will be possible to power the watch via the interface which could lead to straps with extra batteries in them. But nobody outside of Apple currently knows what the interface can do.
     
  8. Hexcruncher macrumors regular

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    I assume it could be used for diagnostics perhaps, if your watch was sent for repair or brought to a Genius Bar, they have a special connector to get hardware info from the watch.

    Would explain why its hidden away underneath the band, it's not meant to be accessed by a user.
     
  9. jallenclark macrumors regular

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    I really hope it is for battery bands to take it to 2-5 days.
     
  10. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    Your sig is a bit prematur, there could be a diaster! :eek: A recall maybe lol
     
  11. superlawyer15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for attaching a picture
     
  12. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Water resistance reasons probably.

     
  13. superlawyer15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha, after actually playing with one today, they would have to come pry it out of my hands if it was recalled
     
  14. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    It remains to be seen how this port will look after a few months.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Julien macrumors G3

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    I would be ashamed to show that if I were you. It is very simple to clean a watch. Here is my Garmin's connectors pins after 18 months of extreme sports (mud, sweat, rain, dust, pollen, grime, grease, sticky drinks/food,..... on and on) usage 6x a week.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    Gunk likes to accumulate inside "safe havens", not on exposed, rubbed and washed surfaces. As I said, we'll see...
     
  17. aven8068 macrumors newbie

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    Or bands with built in GPS or a sim card.
     
  18. Julien macrumors G3

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    It is 100% diagnostics and will never be user accessed. Besides the obvios Apple would NEVER be involved in such an add on, jerry-rigged solution.

    GPS and or SIM is for another gen. What you see is what you get.
     
  19. iamasmith macrumors regular

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    It's possibly something like a JTAG port to enable developers to suspend the processor, dump the memory and debug.. or maybe not :p
     
  20. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    Since the contacts are gold-plated, it makes even Sport a luxury product.
     
  21. Piggie macrumors 604

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    The place you will plug the 3rd party adapter onto soon so you can jailbrake it and run all the apps you want.

    Doom for Apple Watch :)
     
  22. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    They might get rid of it for the retail units, I wouldn't count on the store displays being what ships in a couple weeks.
     
  23. Nicklaus macrumors 6502

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    I would bet its just to power the display watches and what not without chargers attached. See how they have the interactive displays setup in the store. No chargers attached.
     
  24. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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    All of the live watch displays I saw in the store had normal chargers for the watch.
     
  25. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Oh hey! It's the Garmin guy again. We get it. You love childish plastic watches. Move along...
     

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