Apple Watch diagnostic port John Gruber

Apple is working on new bands for its Apple Watch that will add considerable functionality to the device, reports Czech site Letem Svetem Applem. Citing a source familiar with the project, the outlet says, among other things, the bands will feature new health sensors.

These “smart” bands will plug into the Apple Watch’s hidden diagnostic port, which means they could be compatible with current-gen models. And its sensors will be able to read and share data on blood oxygen level, blood pressure, body temperature and much more.

It’s worth noting that while Letem Svetem has provided reliable information in the past, this kind of intel would require a source deep within Apple. For that and other reasons, we are treating this particular rumor with considerable skepticism until it can be corroborated.

That being said, it has long been speculated that Apple would use the Watch’s secret port for smart accessories—and some third-party developers are already doing so. The site claims that the first of these new sensor-laden bands will be available worldwide early next year.

Source: Letem Svetem Applem

  • iBanks

    Would prevent the need for an gen two to come out so quickly with added sensors.

    • My only concern is who has to remove the ports cover to achieve the added functionality lol

  • Figured this would be the case from the beginning. It makes sense to add something to the device rather then release one yearly. This market is different then phones and just isn’t needed for a yearly refresh. Ipad’s should go to a two year refresh as well.

  • iPhoneWINS

    im Stil not interested in this mediocre device..

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Will that hurt the waterproof by removing the cover though?

    • It’s water resistant not waterproof! Whatever Apple has used to achieve this water resistance will probably wear off after a while…

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