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There is a mysterious port on the Apple Watch that could be used to connect accessories such as a smart band or battery, reports TechCrunch. The outlet says that multiple sources have confirmed the wearable features a secret 6-dot brass contact used for diagnostics and direct access to the operating system.

Apparently the port is very similar to the Lightning port found on larger iOS devices, and is located inside the groove of the “bottom” strap connector slot. It’s believed that this portal is “absolutely necessary” to install the Watch OS during manufacturing, and thus it will be present on shipping versions of the wearable.

The existence of such a port is interesting for a few reasons, but perhaps the most ambitious theory is accessories. While TechCrunch is clear that they have no proof Apple will allow accessories to access the port, it has opened up Lightning access to manufacturers for its iPhones and iPads—most recently for headphones.

Connected accessories for Apple Watch would likely come in the form of bands, adding additional functionality to the Watch. Think along the line of a smart band with external sensors, which could measure more than just your heart rate, or additional storage, or my favorite possibility: a band with a built-in external battery.

So at the very least, it sounds like this 6-pin port will be used by Apple to install the Watch OS at its factories, and possibly troubleshoot firmware within its Apple Stores, but it’s not hard to imagine the possibilities if it opens up this port for accessory-makers. Here’s hoping we hear more about it during Monday’s media event.

Source: TechCrunch

Update: 9to5Mac has posted a response to the TechCrunch report, claiming that the mysterious 6-pin port is in fact a Lightning port being used for testing, but it won’t be present in shipping units.

  • Manor

    Apple Watch jailbreak 🙂

    • your point?

      • Rupinder

        That there’s a chance the watch can be jailbroken.

      • Guest

        And this is a useful comment why?

      • There’s also a chance the watch can’t be jailbroken.

      • Rupinder

        True.

      • Amit Shrestha

        Then there will be chance for root…

    • Fanboy 

      Looks like we’re on wOS 1 (Watch Operating System). The cat and mouse game continues for iOS and wOS now 🙂

  • Chindavon

    Watch band battery! Game, set, and match.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    That means we can connect to our phones directly! Who needs wireless?

  • Eikast

    I was so close to being sold on the Apple, but since it won’t be on shipping models then probably not.

    • iBanks

      You’ll end up with one. Watch and see. Pun intended. 😉

      • Eikast

        Doubt it, unless their keynote blows me away. I’m getting a Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel for basically the cost of one Apple Watch (larger version).

      • CollegiateLad

        Hey, at least you’ll get great battery life. Lol

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I think it’s about Time that puns should stop.

    • John

      What?
      You were close to being sold on a product which had a rumoured port and yet it doesn’t have the rumoured and so you aren’t going to by the watch

      • Yeah what a dumb reason

  • Andres

    A camera in the watch band

  • WiseBlasian

    An accessory of an accessory. This is getting ridiculous. Soon I will be able to attach my watch with a pocket device that will notify me when I get a notification on my watch that is paired to my phone.

  • Jason Masters

    Fastest report to ever be debunked ha ha ha ha

  • Infomac

    Obviously there are two flexible battery pack band seen in the picture of this post, Leather loop and the Link Bracelet that can power the watch for days. Apple was granted patent for this in 2013 and would never release the Watch without it.