Remem­ber the Peb­ble Smart­straps? It looks like the Apple Watch will have some­thing sim­i­lar. At least the first acces­so­ry of its kind was announced back in March, and it’s called the Reserve Strap. But since then, the design of the device has changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly.

Ini­tial­ly, it was assumed that the Reserve Strap would be able to charge the Apple Watch by induc­tion, but this seri­ous­ly com­pli­cat­ed its design and increased its dimen­sions. Nev­er­the­less, it was at least some option for extend­ing the bat­tery life of smart watch­es, which would clear­ly find its buy­er. But then it turned out that the Apple gad­get has a hid­den 6‑pin port and it can be used for charg­ing.


By using this port, the Reserve Strap devel­op­ers have great­ly sim­pli­fied the design of the strap, mak­ing it more com­pact, sleek­er and more func­tion­al. True, you will also need a spe­cial adapter, but it will be includ­ed in the acces­so­ry kit.

On the left is the old Reserve Strap design, on the right is the new one.

Apple has not yet com­ment­ed on the news regard­ing the hid­den port in its smart watch, but jour­nal­ists do it with great plea­sure. In par­tic­u­lar, the pres­ence of such a port will poten­tial­ly allow the release of acces­sories for accel­er­at­ed charg­ing of watch­es, but con­tact­less induc­tion charg­ing is still less effec­tive in this regard. In addi­tion, in the future, it is quite pos­si­ble that there will be straps that expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of smart watch­es, includ­ing brand­ed ones from Apple, which will allow you to update devices less fre­quent­ly. Let’s say that new mod­els are released not once a year, but once every 2–3 years, which will make the pur­chase of expen­sive steel mod­els more promis­ing.

Cur­rent­ly, you can pre-order Reserve Strap by pay­ing $249but the release date of the strap is not yet known. [Reserve Strap]