Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world.

    One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions.

    The presence of the diagnostic port was first reported in March by TechCrunch with speculation that it could eventually open up the market for "smart" band accessories that can interface with the Apple Watch, itself. Apple, however, has made no such promises and doesn't even acknowledge the presence of the port in any official documentation. Louis also reports the retail staff had no training on the use of the port.

    Thanks Louis

    Update: John Gruber notes that his review unit has the port, but it is covered up:

    Article Link: Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Updated]
  2. Packdude macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2010
  3. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
  4. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
  5. AS90 macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2014
    Wirral, UK
    Very interesting. There could be some awesome accessories on the way!
  6. dilap, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015

    dilap macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2014
    London, UK
    This could only be in the store versions, so they can load the demo software.
  7. ttss6 macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2014
    The port looks similar to the magsafe connectors in the Macbook Airs
  8. d0mth0ma5 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Did anyone spot this on the review units? Could just be the in-store models.
  9. alireza76, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015

    alireza76 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Updated]

    Yes it's there

  10. Euge macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2006
    I think it's safe to assume they are. Apple doesn't put anything on the floor that isn't final product.
  11. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    They will be as useful as those old USB ports that were on Apple TVs.

    Hope I'm wrong.
  12. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    One of the reps at my local Apple Store told me there was gonna be a way to plug your watch into your computer to sync music. Maybe that's what this is for?
  13. hmark8 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    How did they get a hold of an apple watch for retail? The only ones currently available are the demo ones in store, which of course aren't retail since those ones aren't being sold. The ones in store sync with the iPad screens based on what screen you are on on the watch for education purposes. None of that suggests that the versions sold for retail would have it.

    Though if they don't, will make it much harder to diagnose issues when people bring them in for repair, as it will require geniuses to open them up completely.
  14. lowercaseperson macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2006
    Interesting design, but I suspect will be useless in gen1. Gen2/3 might see some integration...leaving gen1 possibly supported but crippled. *IF* it even is a port for "smart bands."

    Though the idea of smart bands is actually really cool. It wouldn't be *too* hard to develop a BP cuff band - adding more health kit functionality.
  15. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Yes, they do.

    Many display iPhones have been custom build ones with no SIM tray.
  16. TigerMSTR macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2014
    Those ports were very useful for updating and restoring software.
  17. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2013
    When the guy changed straps for me, I saw this.
  18. Rogifan, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015

    Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    John Gruber tweeted that his port was covered up.

  19. Chaka Jon macrumors regular

    Chaka Jon

    Sep 10, 2014
    San Francisco
    I took the band off yesterday to check for the port too. I looked at the band too. It was hard to tell if when they connect it makes the watch function, which in turn, would lock out 3rd party bands.

    We shall all find out soon enough.
  20. LukasValine macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2013
    Interesting how it's missing a few of the regulatory symbols from the iPhone. Someone who knows more about this could probably elaborate.
  21. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    Like the 32GB iPhone 6 models that are on the floor for demos?
  22. hmark8 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    The rep was kidding or not very intelligent. All music will by synced wirelessly, 100% guaranteed.
  23. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I read if you shove a paperclip into the right hole it actually activates the dormant cellular chip for use without an iPhone.

    Apparently the wrong hole result in a horrible death (the exact method was unclear...)


    It looks like a port that requires pins, which doesn't seem to be the design of the bands (the small metal piece on the bands just looks like a securing/fastening mechanism).

    However, if that port does tie into the charging system, that would be potentially very cool for band augmented power. :cool:
  24. frumpy16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2008
    My thought exactly. The units are clearly purposed for demonstration so may be configured differently with that port. Or not...
  25. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    It's also interesting that the same area was used for the FCC labeling requirements. That's a clever way to follow regulations yet not mess up their clean aesthetic.

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