HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY...

HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD

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HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD

– The dream of charging your Apple Watch with a battery-powered band is officially dead.

– Reserve Strap which is the company making the band delivered the bad news on the company’s website.

HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD
Apple Watch

HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD

For now, the dream of charging your Apple Watch with a battery-powered band is officially dead.

According to Mashable, this time last year, a third-party accessory maker discovered a hidden port on the Apple Watch and decided to create a product around the feature a wristband that would power up your Apple wearable on the go. In fact, the company promised that the band would extend the battery life of the Apple Watch by a whopping 150%.

However, Apple had other ideas, and now the product is officially dead on arrival. HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD

Last week, Reserve Strap which is the company making the band delivered the bad news on the company’s website.

The message reads on the company’s website, “Beginning with Watch OS 2.0.1 an unexpected change to the Apple External Accessory Protocol disabled the functionality of Reserve Strap.”

Previously, the company had planned to use the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case to deliver a charge to the device.

The company’s message continued, “This bug interferes with the communication between accessories and Apple Watch. For the time being, Apple has suspended use of this port until they unveil an official MFi program for Watch. In keeping with their wishes, we will also be suspending shipment of all orders until Apple supports development of smart bands.”

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HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD
Apple Watch Worn Around the Wrist

And while Reserve Strap doesn’t directly accuse Apple of any ill intent regarding third-party accessory makers, in its public memo the company does point out Apple’s patent application titled “Modular Functional Band Links for Wearable Devices.”

In that patent application, Apple outlines possible smart band functions in future bands and even mentions “a modular functional band link that includes a battery.”

Based on recent developments, the product’s future wasn’t certain anyway with the cancellation of the $250 Reserve Strap.

The company missed its initial November 2015 ship date and pushed back pre-order fulfillment’s to the first quarter of 2016. As of this writing, the company says that anyone intending on using the Apple Watch with system software prior to the watch OS 2.0.1 (the current watch OS is 2.2) will have their order shipped “in the coming weeks.” 

But we have already entered the second quarter of 2016, which means the company has already missed its first quarter promise. That’s two missed ship dates. Therefore, there’s no certainty on when the Reserve Strap will appear, old watch OS software users or not.

What we do know is that if Apple keeps the Apple Watch alive as a product, based on those patent applications, we will probably get to see smart bands offered in the future with battery chargers and even notification functions.

Meanwhile, the next time you see an unsupported Apple accessory, use this situation as a lesson to proceed with caution.

HOPE OF CHARGING YOUR APPLE WATCH WITH A BATTERY POWERED BAND OFFICIALLY DEAD