The latest Apple Watch Series 2, Series 1 and original Watch all didn't feature a camera module, and despite being rumoured prior to the launch of the Apple Watch 2, it seems that Apple opted to not include a camera module. Step forward the Glide CMRA, a third-party strap made by an engineer who worked on the Apple Watch at Apple.
How to take photos on Apple Watch: UK price, release date and availability of CMRA
The CMRA is available right now for pre-order on CMRA's website (with estimated shipping in Spring 2017), however when checking out and selecting the UK as a shipping address, you'll be granted with: 'Sorry, CMRA isn’t available in your country just yet. Please include your email and we’ll notify you when we ship to your country'.
Therefore, if you want to purchase the CMRA, you have to be a US or Canadian resident - at the time of writing (November 2016).
It should be noted that if you manage to pre-order the CMRA, you will also receive a $60 dual charging dock with your order. The strap also comes in four separate colours, white, black, grey and blue. Also see: How to make Apple Watch battery last longer
How to take photos on Apple Watch: Why hasn't Apple added a selfie camera?
In order to take photos or videos with your Apple Watch you need to have the hardware on the Watch itself. Unfortunately, Apple haven't included a strap or watch with a camera module. We suspect this is due to Apple and other smartwatch manufacturers wanting to make wearables appeal more to the mass market, before having to venture into less-known territory.
Nevertheless, Glide, the makers behind CMRA have created an Apple Watch strap that features not one, but two cameras!
The CMRA has the following specs:
- Cameras: 8MP outward-facing & 2MP front-facing
- Weight: 35g
- Storage: 8GB internal memory
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1
- Charges through the dual charging dock and is splash resistant
- Compatibility: All Apple Watches running watchOS 3 and iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10
It should be noted by the above specifications, that you will not be able to take your Series 2 watch on a swim with the bundled CMRA strap. However, you do get an additional 8GB of internal storage - useful for taking photos and videos.
We haven't received a unit to test yet, but by looking at the company's website, the CMRA will work alongside your iPhone and Apple Watch and provide a seamless integration with the strap. Also see: watchOS 3 in-depth look | watchOS 4 rumours
We expect the strap to be popular among those who are looking to add an extra edge with their Apple Watch - however its MSRP is close to the total cost of a Series 1 watch. It's still worth considering, given that Apple Watch straps do stretch into much more expensive territory.
If you are not convinced by the strap and want a camera on your Apple Watch, you might have to watch for September 2017, where we might see the inclusion of a camera on the Series 3 watch - or you'll have to rely on using the Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch, in order to take photos wirelessly from your iPhone. Also see: Apple Watch tips & secret features