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Prototype Apple Watch points to potential 'Smart Bands' from Apple

Apple Watch Series 3 Prototype
Apple Watch Series 3 Prototype (Image credit: Giulio Zompetti)

What you need to know

  • A new prototype of the Apple Watch Series 3 has surfaced online.
  • This particular prototype includes two curious pads near the diagnostic connector.
  • The presence of these connectors indicates Apple may be working on smart bands for its watch.

It seems almost certain that Apple is experimenting with smart bands for the Apple Watch.

Giulio Zompetti, a collector of Apple devices, posted a picture of a prototype Apple Watch Series 3 on Twitter, pointing out two curious pads near the diagnostic connector. Zompetti speculated that the pads could be indicative of Apple experimenting with smart bands for their smartwatch.

Apple might have experimented on some "smart bands" in earlier revisions of Apple Watch S3.On this prototype unit, two unusual pads are exposed to the band, as a sort of "Smart Connector" we've already seen on iPads.

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Apple has been rumored to be working on smart bands for the Apple Watch for a while now. The company has filed for a number of patents in the past that could bring additional functionality to the watch through the band rather than having all of the technology packed into the watch itself.

The Apple Watch currently relies on the sensors on the back of the Apple Watch for much of the health data it gathers from a user. The company is obviously looking into moving some of that functionality, or perhaps introducing new technologies, into a smart band that could monitor or enable new health features around your wrist.

Apple is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 7 in the fall, but a smart band is not rumored in any way just yet. Of course, if you need a solid Apple Watch band in the meantime, check out our list of the Best Apple Watch bands 2021.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.