The website, citing the usual unknown sources, has claimed that Apple is working on smart bands that will connect to Apple Watch’s hidden 6-pin data port (see image below) and will be released in 2016.
While this could be nothing but just a rumor, it does make a lot of sense. Despite several pages packed with content about the watch, Apple has never mentioned this port or its use, anywhere on their website.
The Czech website claims that there will be a variety of the smart bands that will offer different styles and configurations. These bands will not only add extra functionality to the watch but will also add a few additional hours to the battery life – a much needed feature. The alleged functionalities include sensors for blood oxygen, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
This could be a clever move by Apple. Since most people who wanted to buy the Apple Watch have already got it, smart band upgrade is the ideal approach for the company to generate more revenue. And if the rumor is true, Apple isn’t the only smartwatch maker trying to exploit the idea of smart bands; Pebble has already pledged up to $1 million in supporting startups who would add extra features to the watch with their smart bands.