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Apple's iWatch revealed in patent application?

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Apple's iWatch revealed in patent application?
Apple has filed a patent for a smartwatch

Apple has filed a patent for a smartwatch

The lack of innovation from Apple has been apparent to the point that co-founder Steve Wozniak is worried that the company is losing its cool. But with reports that 100 engineers are working on the Apple iWatch, the excitement is slowly building for what could be the next new Apple device. And on Thursday morning, the USPTO released a patent application filed by Apple for a bracelet that can also be used as a watch. The device would have a number of features including the ability to respond to text messages, list phone calls, rearrange playlists and more. A virtual keyboard appears over the flexible screen when needed. The watch would be powered by a combination of solar and kinetic energy.

According to the patent, and images obtained by Patently Apple, the device would use a slap bracelet to wrap around your wrist. Power could come from the use of solar and kinetic energy. According to the patent application, "Active communication between an accessory and a portable electronic device can be accomplished wirelessly. For example, a wireless data connection such as the 5 GHz 802.11n protocol can provide sufficient data transmission bandwidth to transmit a high quality video stream." The application also explains how this device, being worn on the arm, could provide a traveler with a look at a map with a "flick of the wrist." Blinking lights on the edge of the display could alert users to an event.

According to Apple, the device can also be used as a light for night time bike riding while wrapped around an arm or leg. And a gyroscope or accelerometer helps orient the screen correctly.

It seems that everyone has been waiting for Apple's next innovation. This could be it.

source: USPTO via PatentlyApple

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posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:21 10

1. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It'll be interesting to see if this does come to fruition this year.
Of course when it actually does Apple will make sure the world knows its the first of 2 big things:
A. The first ever watch,a new innovative apple invention
B. The very first smart watch ever.

Either way personally I don't they will be a big seller,the reaction if seen to the Sony smart watch and been poor. That saying if its got an apple sign on it anywhere than perhaps the Ifans will buy it in the millions

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:28 5

4. jdubis (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


fyi there has been smart watches already. Actually apple will market it as the best smart watch ever, from apple. yes we made our watch as a rectangle and used the same 6 yr old operating system

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:13 2

32. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Marketing it as the best ever is a smart move since it probably will be the best ever.

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 15:23

40. frmrVZguy (Posts: 34; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


I (kinda) told you so ...this article a year ago ...
> Renowned French designer is reportedly working with Apple on a ‘revolutionary’ new project Posted: 13 Apr 2012, 12:05, by John V.
> post #23. frmrVZguy posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:20
This is a pure guess, but the next really interesting tech is flexible displays; and an art-sy kind of guy might just be able to obtain a pre-production-ready example with the aid of a company with $600billion dollars in assets. The new 'electronic Chihuly'?.... Apple-style......that would wow me....

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:36 7

8. Pings (Posts: 289; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Why does everyone think Apple invents everything?

A. So not new innovative. (Google: smart watch)
B. It is not the very first smart watch ever. (Google: smart watch)

The 'i'm watch Android smart watch' looks to be the 1st "true" smart watch. You can buy the i'm watch now. It looks like Apple seen some things at CES and ripped them off. Next they patent, then they sue.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:44 10

9. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


how on earth do you guys not read the sarcasm in andro's post?

first, his username is andro. second, 'the first ever watch' isnt going to be a serious apple claim.

no offense (seriously), but is english your native language?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:05 1

13. Pings (Posts: 289; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Sarcasm is hard to read 1st off. I've seen many posts here from fanboys of any type that are not sarcasm, and are just like that post.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 18:09 2

31. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Lol! As much as I meant it as sarcasm every one of us has to stop and think maybe apple could actually do this to some level!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:26

23. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Yes, Apple must have seen something at CES, then used their time machine to go back to 2011 to file the patent.Your credibility is somewhere between that of a used car salesman and a career politician. Fanboys like you, on all sides, make these sites a toxic wasteland of verbal diarrhea and blind, unreasoning hatred.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:01

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Unless Apple can provide something truly new that we didn't know we 'needed' but ultimately couldn't live without, I don't think an iWatch is going to be the salvation the company needs. A number of attempts have been made to reinvent the watch, including a number of attempts at a smart watch. They all have come up a bit short to date.

Maybe Apple knows what we need. Time will tell.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:22 1

2. tusshharish (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


looks good but can it show the time......lol

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:07

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Who needs to have the time shown? You have your smartphone for that. ;-)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:24 1

3. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I would use this with Google Glass

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:28 2

24. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I would too, just for the irony

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:31 4

5. N-fanboy (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


We dont need watches (unless its a rolex of corse) all we used to do with watches in the stone ages can now be done with smartphones k!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:05

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


That was what I was wondering. What is there that an iWatch can do that an iPhone (or GS III/IV or L920 or other smartphone) can't do that is a compelling value proposition? Strapping it around my ankle for a light while I am riding my bike is NOT a compelling value proposition.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:33

25. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I use a watch while I'm hiking, skiing or near water; though two out of three of those things will probably void the warranty of this watch.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:31

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


lol not to be rude but i dont think this is real....

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:36 2

7. nexus718 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


You guys decide to do an article about this but not the chromebook pixel.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 14:57 1

10. Luuthian (Posts: 184; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


The watch relates to Apple's next mobile device, which just so happens to have similar features to their phones if the patents are anything to go by. It's relevant to the site.

The Chromebook though? It's a PC. This isn't a PC website. Phone Arena doesn't cover computing news. At best they'll mention Windows 8 in tandem with Windows phones and tablets because it's relevant.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:02 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 9280; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good post

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:13 2

17. nexus718 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


The reason i posted the above is because they recently had a post about Google working on a touchscreen device running chrome OS so wouldn't make sense to have a follow up article.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:11

16. bubbadoes (Posts: 313; Member since: 03 May 2012)


baaaaahhhhh baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:23

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


nothing to be excited about. It's same old thing (Sony et al) in a new box ... bored!!!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:28

19. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


thats one weird hand

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 15:50

20. p0rkguy (Posts: 677; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I'm laughed because I know Apple isn't going to be the first to release it and Apple is known to patent stuff that will never exist for the sake of patents.
Anyone want to bet otherwise for $10?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:01 2

21. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


If Apple is wiki-leaking all sorts of rumors for iwatch is it because Samsung is releasing one :)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:07

22. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


You know what would make this watch remotely good? Samsung's flexible display. Too bad Apple keeps shooting itself in its foot suing everyone.

Google Glasses > iWatch.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:35

26. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Gotta hand it to apple, just when I thought they couldn't resize the ipod again and sell it as a new device BAM! ipod wrist!

MAGIREVOLUTIONNOVATIVE!!!!!!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 16:50

27. HTCOE (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i think it'll be cool either android or apple land a partnership with S+arck watch for innovation

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 17:03

28. nikenturd (unregistered)


Soooooo....anybody who tries to make a watch that can receive txts, calls and emails will get sued...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 17:59

30. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not really, several companies are working on smart watches.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 17:58

29. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


"According to Apple, the device can also be used as a light for night time bike riding while wrapped around an arm or leg." - haha Apple employees never rode a bike during night. It's like strapping an iPhone 5 to your leg. :)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:19

33. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


How much is it?
maybe it has its has a 1GB version on $500 and a 2GB version in $600, Ahahaha :D

If it's manageable I may buy it :)

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 19:33

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5639; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


hmp apple and their crappy patents. didn't LG already made a watch phone

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 20:59

35. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I can see someone , getting iRobbed, for this thing...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 23:38

36. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


innovation ? so what is SONY SMARTWATCH ?

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 02:46

37. ntsiotinos (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


If this watch has half the features of this article, then i think it will sell in the millions - easy its a no brainer. I'll certainly be buying one. BUT only if it works with Android as well.....

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 12:26

38. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Seriously they want to use a slap bracelet to hold this on lol. This thing is going to be easier to brake then the iphone and with that to hold it lol. goodluck otherwise it does look nice but def needs some better to graspit

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 04:44

39. garz_pa (Posts: 152; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I bet Samsung's supplying the screens with their flexible display..

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