The Apple Watch’s ‘secret port’

A report from Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch suggests that the Apple Watch has an additional port that has so far been unseen in public.

According to several sources the mystery port can be found in one of the grooves for where you connect a watch strap (see image). The port is said to be made up of six brass contacts.

Panzarino’s source explained that the port is currently used for diagnostic purposes only.

The TechCrunch piece goes on to deliberate how such a ‘hidden’ port could be used to facilitate a range of future accessories, such as ‘smart bands’ and external battery packs.

However, Jordan Kahn of 9to5Mac suggests that the port won’t make it into the final shipping product and is only in place for internal testing.

The Apple Watch gets its first Fart app

Time to get nostalgic for those early days of the iPhone App Store when the store run rife with flatulenceor, perhaps not. Like the iPhone before it, the Apple Watch now has it’s very own ‘Fart’ app.

Dubbed ‘Fart Watch‘ the upcoming app is the work of two developers.

Fart Watch will work by tapping the Apple Watch screen, which in turn plays a sound on a paired iPhone — essentially turning your Apple Watch and iPhone into a remote-controlled fart machine.

As for what I want to know — Does the app make a more obscene noise if you tap the Apple Watch’s pressure-sensitive ‘flexible retina display‘ harder?

Here’s what the app developers had to say about it:

This is the app everyone’s making a big stink about! When it comes to Apple Watch apps, these guys have a silent but deadly plan to breathe a breath of fresh air into the lingering gag market…

Featuring a full suite of customizable options, the Fart Watch app will revolutionize fart sound delivery in a beautifully designed and intuitive interface. Fart Watch is the creative lovechild of Andrew Slaughter and Daniel Haaser and was awarded the prestigious Audience Choice Award at the Fall 2014 Watchkit Hackathon. Its highly anticipated release has garnered media attention from over 4 people.

I’m fairly certain this won’t be the only fart app we see making it’s way to the Apple Watch, and believe it or not, there was once money in the old fart-app game.

Before its release, Apple Watch wins design award

Although the Apple Watch isn’t available to buy yet, that hasn’t stopped it picking up a major design award.

The upcoming smartwatch was bestowed the International Forum (iF) Design Gold Award in the telecommunications category.

The iF jury chose Apple’s soon-to-be-released watch for the following:

“The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience.

The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

NYT: Apple Watch will have power saving mode

A New York Times piece from Brian X. Chen published this past weekend suggests that the upcoming Apple Watch will feature a power saving mode designed to stretch out the devices battery life.

Apple has indicated that the Apple Watch battery will last a full day – something many see as a problem, comparing it to the nightly routine charge required of most smartphones.

Chen’s piece details that one unnamed Apple employee shared details on a unannounced ‘Power Reserve’ feature. The mode is said to run the smart watch on low-energy, only displaying the time on the watch face.

Chen’s piece also looks out how Apple biggest challenge with the Apple Watch lies in front of them: selling them to a supposedly uninterested public.

Company offers to add diamonds to your Apple Watch

Well, that didn’t take long.

The Apple Watch isn’t even out yet and already a company is offering to ‘bling’ (read: ruin) the smart watch for you by adding an excessive amount of diamonds to the device.

Similar services have been offered in the past for a range of devices, including the iPhone.

The company behind this ‘beautification’ is Brikk — they offer to send a ‘Lux Watch’ Apple Watch to you, complete with diamonds, some four to six weeks after the upcoming wrist watch launches.

You can see their full range of bling options over on their site.

‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch event announced for March 9th

Apple has sent invites out for an upcoming event, which will no doubt focus on the nearing release of the Apple Watch.

The event invite, titled ‘Spring Forward’, details that the special event will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center on Monday, March 9th — one day after the clocks ‘spring forward’ an hour on March 8th.

It’s expected that Apple will provide more detailed information about the Apple Watch ahead of its April release. Information on pricing, a definitive launch date and additional software demos will no doubt be shown.

Apple’s Spring Forward special event takes place on Monday, March 9th and will be streamed live on apple.com.

Gold Digger: Apple Watch may use 30% of global gold supply

According to a report complied by long-running Apple site TidBits the upcoming Apple Watch may use as much as 30 percent of  global gold supplies.

Admittedly the figures are based on several assumptions, such as sales expectations, but they roughly estimate that Apple may end up using around 746 metric tonnes of gold throughout the next year.

This figure is based on Wall Street Journal projections that Apple will produce one million ‘Edition’ watches every month.

The report gives an estimate that some 2,500 metric tonnes of gold are mined annually.

March issue of fashion mag Vogue features 12-page Apple Watch ad

Apple has started its advertising campaign for the upcoming Apple Watch, picking fashion over tech by placing a 12-page advertising spread in the March issue of high-fashion magazine Vogue.

The full-page glossy ads features imagery of all three Apple Watch variants, including detailed snaps of the Milanese loop and Rose pink bands.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Apple Watch has appeared in Vogue — it featured in the Chinese edition back in October of 2014.

It’s also interesting to note that Vogue has featured high-profile wearables in the past — the magazine ran a 12-page spread for Google Glass in 2013.

Image via MacRumors

Tim Cook wears his Apple Watch in the shower, you can too

According to French site iGen.fr Apple CEO Tim Cook wears his Apple Watch in the shower.

The iGen.fr report states that Tim Cook told an employee at a Berlin-based Apple Store that he wears his Apple Watch all the time, specifically stating “even in the shower“.

This supposed comment from Cook aligns with Apple’s promise that the upcoming Apple Watch will be water-resistant, however goes against more specific comments made by Yahoo Tech journalist David Pogue in September 2014: “Sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it is fine. Take it off before the swim or get in the shower, though.”