The Apple Watch Has a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Photo]

The Apple Watch Has a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Photo]

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The retail Apple Watch features a hidden diagnostic port. Louis, a MacRumors reader, was able to slip off the bottom band of an Apple Watch during his try-on appointment to discover the port and snap a couple photos.

TechCrunch first reported the existence of the port last month. "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."

The port will likely be used by Apple to run diagnostics and perform repairs on the smartwatch. It's been suggested that perhaps one day we could see some smart accessories or bands that make use of it but thus far Apple hasn't even acknowledged that it exists. Additionally, Louis noted that retail staff haven't had any training on how to use the port.

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The Apple Watch Has a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Photo]

The Apple Watch Has a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Photo]
nekton99 - April 13, 2015 at 4:02am
Straps with flexible batteries and sensors coming to a Kickstarter near you soon.
crazy4dss - April 12, 2015 at 1:42pm
I can see an extended battery that's built in the bracelet, or interactive bracelets in the future. One thing about Apple they never limit their product to do just one thing.
Daniel bailey - April 12, 2015 at 12:11pm
Just found out that the six hole at the bottom are for water drain out with you get water in the watch
samteeee - April 12, 2015 at 12:11pm
Here comes the "JailBreaking" or one way of them!!
SWISS MADE - April 12, 2015 at 9:49am
Rubbish not garbage
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