Apple Watch Series 7 gets rid of the hidden diagnostic port

If your Apple Watch gets bricked, repairing or reinstalling watchOS on it is tricky business. It doesn’t have a regular port that you can use to connect it to a Mac or Windows PC and install the firmware. Most models feature a hidden diagnostic port behind the bottom band slot, and only Apple Stores and Apple Authorized service providers have the tools required to use this port and diagnose or restore the Apple Watch. However, Apple seems to have gotten rid of that port on the Apple Watch Series 7, making repairs even more difficult for third-party repair providers.
As per MacRumors, Apple has removed the hidden diagnostic port from its latest smartwatches. Instead, the Series 7 features a new module that enables 60.5GHz wireless data transfer. This module was first spotted in FCC filings last month, but Apple doesn’t mention anything about it on its website or in support documents. So it’s safe to assume it’s for internal use only.

The diagnostic port on older Apple Watch models

Written By: Mahmoud Itani

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