- Nov 14, 2011
Hmm...very interesting. I'm curious what the small design changes are and if they'll be noticible. And now we know where the "assembled in China verbiage goes. Will be interesting to see if that's on every watch or just certain models.
Would you shell out money for a smart accessory band for an Apple Watch that added additional capabilities? More battery life, perhaps?
The reason I ask is that the Apple Watch has a port that the company has yet to show off. Its being used for diagnostics and direct access to the Watch operating system, but its feasible that could be used to connect accessories in the future.
The port has a 6-dot brass contact array inside the groove for the bottom strap connector slot. Several sources have confirmed its existence and placement to me. It is very similar to the connector for the Lightning connector in iPhones, as that connector currently only uses 6 of its 8 available pins. Apple recently began opening up the Lightning port for use by third parties. A source says that this port is currently for diagnostic purposes only but that there is nothing preventing it from being a connection port for future accessories.
While the port is on watches that are being used by Apple employees currently there is always a possibility that the Watch version that ships to consumers wont have this port at all (the Watchs design has changed in small ways over the months since its announcement). There is also absolutely no guarantee that the port will ever be used for anything but diagnostics. But its still interesting that it exists and to think about the possibilities.
If youre curious, the other slot has Assembled in China Designed by Apple in California engraved inside.