“A report on Thursday claims the upcoming Apple Watch boasts a mysterious data connection port, previously undisclosed by Apple, that is currently being used for diagnostics and testing,” AppleInsider reports.
“According to TechCrunch, the port features six brass contact dots and is positioned inside the bottom groove designed to accept Apple’s aftermarket straps,” AppleInsider reports. “Technically, a six-contact connector is similar to Apple’s Lightning protocol, which currently uses six of its eight leads for charging and data transfer.”
“A source said the port currently plays a role in diagnostics, but points out that it could be used as a connection point for accessories in the future,” AppleInsider reports. “TechCrunch speculates that such a data port could be used as a means to facilitate feature expansion, perhaps ‘smart bands’ that extend battery life or tack on GPS and other sensing capabilities.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Oh yes, let there be add-on GPS, battery extenders, and more! The thought of wearing our Apple Watch Sports but also having to lug around our iPhones on runs just for the GPS is unpalatable.