Apple files a patent application for a circular wearable, round Apple Watch incoming?

Apple files a patent application for a circular wearable, round Apple Watch incoming?
Digging the squarish looks of the Apple Watch? Good, enjoy that while you can, as a recent patent application filed in by Apple with the USPTO hints that Cupertino could be entertaining the idea of coming up with a circular Apple Watch in the future.

The patent description shows us a smartwatch that boasts a pretty traditional circular shape, similar to what most of Apple Watch's rivals have been rocking for a while. 

It makes sense that Apple could be looking forward to covering this niche as well, and a circular variant of its most personable wearable yet would fit quite nicely into its product lineup, though we find this unlikely at this point. Probably in a few years from now, eh, Apple?

In order to avoid Moto 360-like flat tire looks, Apple wants to employ pixel rows and columns of varying lengths so that no space remains unused. Additionally, such a pixel arrangement of the wearable's display would save space and reduce crowding.

As usual, applying for a patent does not necessarily mean that the described product will necessarily see the light of day. That's especially true for Apple in particular, as it applies for a surplus of patents on a regular basis, the wide majority of which have so far failed to come to fruition. There's always a chance that some of these will be implemented in the company's portfolio, but we hardly ever hold our breath for those.

Until (and if at all) such an Apple-made wearable becomes official, you can pick among a bunch of Android Wear and Tizen-powered smartwatches – the Gear S3 Frontier, for example, is totally a badass one. 


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source: USPTO, (2) via AppleInsider

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27 Comments

1. AlikR

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

a patent for something that is already in production for years? impressive...

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

circular wearable already there for centuries actualy... patenting shape is just stupid :-/

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

This company has lost it

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Lost what? They never had anything to lose. They are a great chef that knows how to add the right ingredients to make nice products. Even if part of the recipe was stolen from someone else's product.

3. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

This is a joke. I am sure they are going to sue Samsung for Gear S series too.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They will sue anyone with a wearable with a 360 degree shape.

4. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Apple should patent the straps too... I mean someone might come up with a strap around the wrist!

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6730; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

HA....I knew it lol. The users who loved the toyish box shape from before won't know what to say when this gets released. Looking forward to this patent now to see exactly what apple thinks it can get away with that hasn't already been patented by other OEM's.

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple will show the others how a round smartwatch must be and the others will follow as usual.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's funny how you try to cover up the fact that Apple is the one following here (as they've done for the past 5 years). Nice try.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7069; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+100...

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Good Luck with that. The round one will look just liek the square one, on round. All the bigits who claim the round watch sucks because you can't get as much on the screen BS, will all say round is better as soon as Apple does it. No matter what shape apple uses, it won't be as feature rich as the Gear. It will come with one "bell" and one "whistle".

14. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Oh look, a stupid comment coming from you as always, most android watches have been circle shaped for a couple of years now, so in this sense apple is the one following.

9. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I hope they make a round watch and get sued for the shape, like they themselves did before for rectangles with rounded corners.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A thin round Apple Watch will look stupid with that big @$$ crown on the side. Maybe they will use a rotating "bezel" of some kind. Like maybe you can rotate the bottom of the device and not from the top.

27. aroutis

Posts: 35; Member since: May 05, 2015

The rotating bezel the way Samsung has implemented it is just like in every watch with a rotating bezel, ie you can just rotate it from every point and to every direction. So I can't see what they can do differently with a bezel unless they unapologetically and blatantly copy SAMSUNG at this regard.

15. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Apple should file a patent for Patent Trolling.

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I want to thumbs up x 1,000,000,000

16. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

A round main menu and circular rotation to operate the phone... makes you wonder what they were thinking to stick with square watches to begin with. The whole "more usable real estate" argument was rendered silly with the above situation already.

17. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Apple was granted a patent for the first ever circular smartwatch. Good job, USPTO!!! /s

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Pathetic as usual.

19. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Amazing. Apple about to follow up it's invention of of the smartwatch with the invention of the round smartwatch. Let the media lovefest begin. These people are geniuses!!!

20. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

WTF Seriously!! The USPO cant approve this surely??

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple is sucking with this patent already existing tech. Tell Ive to get off his lazy ass, get in the lab and innovate. I'm glad I moved on to Samsung. I love that they take chances.

24. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Ive is pathetic, no innovation, terrible ergonomics, terrible overall designs He is only good at making his designs attractive. Took me a while to realize that.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, Ive is slacking.

26. aroutis

Posts: 35; Member since: May 05, 2015

Samsung Gear S2... S3... but ya, Apple innovates because Apple says so ...lol , tragic

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