The Apple Watch’s diagnostic port has been a mysterious a part of the wearable lineup since its first mannequin, however the brand new Collection 7 formally ditches the six-pin port completely.

First noted by MacRumors, the shortage of a port may be seen once you take away the underside strap from an Apple Watch Collection 7 — the corporate has eliminated the hidden plate and the port behind it. Supposed for inside use for diagnostics, the port wasn’t formally acknowledged on Apple’s web site or documentation. However the diagnostic port briefly hinted at the potential of increasing the Apple Watch with {hardware} equipment.

Essentially the most well-known of those was the Reserve Strap, which tried to make use of the port for extending the battery lifetime of the Apple Watch by incorporating further batteries right into a specifically made band that may slot straight into the diagnostic port. The port really provided sooner charging than Apple’s personal magnetic cable, too.

Picture: Reserve Strap

Sadly, Apple shortly blocked that functionality and Reserve Strap (together with just about each different try at harnessing the port for helpful functions). For the following life span of the Apple Watch, it remained helpful for its meant objective: diagnostics for inside Apple use and repairs.

After all, Apple nonetheless wants a method to do diagnostics on the Apple Watch, and seems to be changing the mysterious port with a good extra mysterious 60.5GHz wi-fi module that pairs with a magnetic dock able to native knowledge switch for inside use. That’s led to some hypothesis that Apple is utilizing the Collection 7 as a check mattress for a future portless iPhone that might use comparable know-how to switch cables for connecting to a pc. But when years of the ineffective diagnostic port have taught us something, it’s that generally there’s no higher which means or utility to be present in proprietary diagnostic instruments.

Replace October thirteenth, 5:17pm: Added MacRumors sourcing.


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