“One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.
“Apple utilizes a magnetic, inductive charging solution to charge Apple Watch, but a wired connection to the device’s hidden 6-pin port will make designing battery straps much easier, according to maker of the upcoming Reserve Strap accessory, and even allow for faster more efficient charging compared to Apple’s own solution,” Kahn reports. “The port, hidden inside of the slot where one side of the Watch’s strap connects to the device, is covered, but Reserve Strap will provide a tool to access it. Some speculated Apple included the port for diagnostics by retail employees— it didn’t, diagnostics are done through a connected iPhone — but Apple could have included the port for getting software on to Apple Watch at the factory and or for developer use.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Risky if it’s not officially supported by Apple, which it doesn’t seem to be, for third-party use.