Apple Patent May Reveal Details of Anticipated iWatch

Hot on the heels of the hype around innovation and a new Apple product, the US Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple a patent application on Thursday (via Patently Apple) that reveals a wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as an iWatch.

From what we’ve learned from the patent description, this is a clear hint that the much-rumoured and highly anticipated iWatch is at an advanced stage of development. The wearable computer sports a multitouch display, and the user can “accomplish a number of different tasks, including adjusting the order of a current playlist or reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.”

But there is much more. You may recall that Apple has several patents for using solar energy, and wrist watches have a habit of using replaceable batteries. Even smart watches, such as the Pebble need to be plugged in to the charger at least once a week.

Well, from Apple’s perspective, this isn’t the smart watch you are going to wear. Their solution for an outstanding user experience: Solar panels and kinetic energy.

“A solar panel array spread across a surface of the accessory device can lengthen the amount of time the accessory device could be operated between recharging. A solar panel array spread across a surface of the accessory device can lengthen the amount of time the accessory device could be operated between recharging.”

Apple’s patent describes a wearable video device as well, including the following:

“(1) a flexible substrate having a flat state and a curled state; and (2) a flexible display disposed upon a first surface of the flexible substrate, where in the curled state the flexible substrate conforms to an appendage of the end-user.”

Other possible features of the device included in the patent application include using it for night time bike ride lightning, edge lightning to configure a colored backlit border, and the ability to quickly view maps.

Is this something you would buy when it becomes available?

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  • FragilityG4

    An I the only one not that interested in an iWatch?

    Can’t they just do the whole nano watch thing again?

  • Teflon

    Can’t say it interests me. Why hasn’t solar been integrated into the phones yet.

  • WatDaPhuck

    Don’t worry you’re not alone. I honestly think an iWatch is just not cool….
    Can you imagine people holding their arms ups and looking at a small screen and touching it and walking around without looking at where they’re going? HA!!

  • FragilityG4

    Hahaha agreed.

  • Acer12345

    Just wait till the iPhone 7SS (Speed + Solar)

  • sup

    i would love one!!! makes me feel more like captain Kurk!

  • because we keep our phones in pockets. It just doesnt make sense. 🙂