Apple Watch Could Get FaceTime Suggests Patent Filing
Although there was a slight chance of hardware announcements at this year’s WWDC keynote, as you know none materialized, so when Gene Munster said this media event would act as an “appetizer” for the fall media event, he might have been right. As a result, this leaves plenty of room for rumours to fill the gap Apple didn’t.
Forbes points to a recently granted Apple patent which may hint at the direction the company plans to take with the second-generation wearable. The patent was discovered by Patently Apple, and Forbes speculates this could be a great hint at a camera for the Watch when it launches this fall.
Forbes contributor Paul Lamkin points to previous attempts to add a camera to a smartwatch: Samsung has already done that with the Gear wearables. He didn’t go into details, though, about how much success those devices had and how the camera contributed to their adoption rate.
The patent seems to underpin an earlier report claiming Apple is going to add a FaceTime camera to the Watch 2. The hardware is said to be placed in the bezel on the front of the device; hence Watch wearers will be able to “video conference with one another.”
Alongside Digital Crown enhancements, the Watch 2 would also feature two more buttons with capacitive skills, according to the patent. So, are you ready to FaceTime from your wrist?