The retail Apple Watch may still have its secret port

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Photo: Cult of Mac
Photo: Cult of Mac

Last month, we reported that the Apple Watch boasted a secret port that could be used in the future to unlock cool accessories… and, maybe, jailbreak the Apple Watch. Later reports, though, indicated that this port was an Apple-only diagnostic port, that could be missing from retail models.

If that’s true, though, no one told Apple’s retail stores. The Apple Watch units available for try-on appointments at Apple Stores around the world still have the diagnostic port.

Photo: Louis from Macrumors
Photo: Louis from Macrumors

A reader of MacRumors, Louis, went in for a try-on session of the Apple Watch. During his session, he was able to slip off the band for his unit, and see that the diagnostic port was still hidden under the band. The retail staff didn’t seem to know anything about it, or how to access it.

What does it mean? It’s uncertain. Apple Stores might be getting prototype units in stock, with the diagnostic port still installed. My best bet, though, would be that this means that the diagnostic port will be on the retail models too, for troubleshooting purposes. How long until jailbreakers start trying to hack into the Apple Watch through it?

Source: MacRumors