Apple Watch hardware details rumored: engraving, Lightning port (sorta)

Apple’s got an event coming up on Monday, where the company is almost sure to bring news about its Apple Watch wearable. First announced late last summer, Apple fans have been patiently waiting for the smartwatch to make its retail debut ever since. With that day soon to be here, some last-minute rumors are attempting to clue us in on what we should (and shouldn’t) expect from the watch’s hardware.

Shoppers buying Apple mobile hardware have had the option to get purchases custom engraved for years now, adding a little personal touch. However, it’s been a little hit-and-miss just which devices qualify for engraving: you can get it on an iPod, including the iPod touch, and you can get it on an iPad, but it’s not offered for the iPhone. Now a new report claims that engraving will indeed be available for the Apple Watch. Considering the extent to which Apple’s believed to be approaching the hardware not just as a smartwatch, but also an item of jewelry, engraving makes a lot of sense.

Our other bit of Apple Watch hardware concerns a feature that we’re told is present on Apple’s development hardware, but will be absent on the final retail item: a physical Lightning-compatible port. The smartwatch will charge via induction and get its data wirelessly, so while there’s no outright need for a physical power and data connection, it might have made a nice backup. Reportedly, dev hardware features a port hidden under one of the slide-out strap connectors. This fueled rumors that Apple might introduce “smart straps” of some kind with extra functionality, but other sources insist that this is for testing purposes only, and won’t make it to the final design.

Source: iPhonote (Google Translate), 9to5 Mac
Via: MacRumors

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