Apple Details Its ‘Made For Apple Watch’ Third-Party Band Program

TechCrunch

If you were hoping to build a third-party band for Apple Watch, then you now have some resources about the official way to make that happen. Apple posted details about its ‘Made for Apple Watch’ program on its website this week, revealing technical specifications related to how to build lugs that meet its standards, as well as providing info about how it will supply lugs itself for accessory makers to use.

Apple never gave any indication it wouldn’t open up Apple Watch straps to third-party gadget makers, but this confirms the basics of how the program will work. As with Apple’s other « Made for » programs, however, including « Made for iPhone » (MFI), it will be making sure that after-market add-ons not of its own making match certain standards. MFI certification can be tricky to get, especially now that Apple supplies all Lightning connector components complete with embedded chips for use in…

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