Apple gets patent for circular display that could be used for a round-faced Apple Watch

Apple gets patent for circular display that could be used for a round-faced Apple Watch
Is Apple about to offer an Apple Watch with a round dial? On Tuesday, the company received a patent for technology designed for a circular display. U.S. Patent 9965995 is titled "Electronic device having display with curved edges." As you can tell from the name of the patent, it describes a technology that could be used to produce a round display that could be used on Apple's smartwatch instead of the current rectangular display.
 
Judging by the images included with the patent, it would appear that Apple had a watch in mind when it submitted the application. Now, you might be thinking that this could merely be a rejected design. But since the application date of this patent is months after the release of the Apple Watch (and probably years after patents for the original Apple Watch were filed), this seems more like something that Apple could be working on now. The firm could have filed for the protection of a patent just in case it decides to offer a new Apple Watch design with a rounded screen.

The patent deals with the technology needed to fix the issues that come from a circular display. For example, rectangular pixel arrays will not efficiently fit in a device shaped like a circle. Much of the document explains how Apple plans on getting around this. It is migraine-inducing reading, but having said that, you can check out the patent by clicking on the sourcelink.


Some of the devices that are mentioned in the patent include a wristwatch, pendant, headphone/earphone, and eyeglasses among others. Considering that Apple's AR powered glasses could be just a year or two away, the technology protected by this patent might also be used for that wearable in addition to a new Apple Watch. And since we are discussing patents that could be employed for Apple's rumored AR specs, we should remind you that last month the company received a patent for an eye-tracking system designed for the device that could be called "Apple Glass."

Check out some of the images from the patent by clicking on the slideshow below.



source: USPTO

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23 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1058; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Leave it to Apple to patent something that's been around for a few years...

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4049; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Wonder how the iFans will justify this one. All that BS about information density will all just be conveniently forgotten.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Don't forget Sheep will say apple was the first and best. iSheep are the worst!

5. NateDiaz

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Nothing can be patented twice, you guys are ignorant.

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sheep will be Sheep!

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

And you'll be ignorant.

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1058; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You clearly don't understand how the patent system works. You can patent the same thing twice, as long as the method used is different. That's how you can have 30 different patents on something like tires and they still all do the exact same thing, just to make an overly simplified example.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 1787; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Ignore it, he’s as obnoxious as the wannabe hippy lyndon420.

12. IT-Engineer

Posts: 416; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

That's what they did with the Slide to unlock screen and sued samsung for it, When in reality they stole it from Neonode N1m which implemented it two years before the original iphone. But hey, thats what Steve Jobs said: "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal!"

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Curved edges don't spell a circular dial. Circles don't have edges...curved edge means a corner with curve. The patent is confusing, also, if it indeed is a circular dial...does it mean that all the circular analogue watches that I have are in danger of infringement?

8. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Flat circles don't have edges, but the screen doesn't have to be flat on the watch but protrude a little. In that case, there are edges. Also, this patent doesn't patent a circular (smart)watch, the patent goes into quite the technical detail. If it were a patent on just a round watch, they wouldn't have gotten it due to prior art and all.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I see...where is my mind when I needed one. I got confused with the lingo circular and curved that goes with tech there. Thanks for clarifying that. I don't have a smart watch but what will be the significance of this?

14. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I don't know, perhaps have a full-screen circular watch with the rounded bezels currently found on the square Apple watch. This makes swiping a more fluid action (no sharp edges to feel when you swipe)

20. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Prior art no longer applies to US patents. It's first to file.

23. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Any source on this? Because it sounds like nonsense

9. airoid

Posts: 121; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Samsung gear S watches can be sued for circular face same as rectangular haha

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I think Apple should make a round iPhone and call it an... oPhone. It ought to be big enough to be used as a Frisbee to play with your dog and with GPS connectivity and little fins so it can come back to you like a Boomerang. Boomerbee! Sounds cool, eh? Remind me to patent that name when I get sober... G'Day!

11. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Haha nice joke GreenMan(OldMan),+1 to u.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hey!! Apple is thinking of making a watch for adults - exciting times ahead!!

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3032; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And other will follow..

19. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'll bet Samsung starts making round watches now.

21. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol good point...

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2098; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ah well. Just shows how much the US patent office has the blinkers on...

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