Official Apple Watch Third Party Bands Coming, as Detailed in New Guide

Apple is set to debut a Made for Apple Watch program, which will allow company approved third party bands, as detailed in new band design guidelines posted on the company’s Developer site for the smartwatch.

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Apple says Bands for Apple Watch must similarly integrate two lugs to securely attach to the smartwatch, while exposed edges and lugs “must pass UL 1349 tests for sharpness of edges on equipment and BS EN71-1:2014, Safety of Toys – Mechanical and physical properties.

Apple Watch schematics for both 38mm and 42mm models were posted within the guidelines document, detailing exact specifications (they are essentially similar to Apple’s iPhone schematics for case makers):

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Earlier today, makers of the ‘Reserve Strap’ claimed the 6-pin diagnostic port found on Apple Watch was capable of providing a charge for the device.

Get ready for ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third party bands and accessories should be coming soon for your Apple Watch. The program allows Apple to approve third party designs to ensure they allow Apple Watch to function properly, while similarly giving customers piece of mind accessories won’t damage their watch. It’s essentially the Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod program but for the Apple Watch.

[via Macotakara]