Apple is trying out flexible display ideas for next-generation Apple Watch and wearables


It's called the Apple Watch, but it's going to be more of an Apple Bracelet if these newly unearthed patent drawings are anything to go by! They imply Team Cupertino is fooling around with "wearable, rollable, and foldable displays," exploring the possibilities of OLED technology while searching for the next big thing.

Apple's vision allows for unconventional approaches, including bezel-free designs and units with embedded communication modules for wireless connectivity. For now, though, the company is focused on interchangeable smart bands, such as one with a built-in glucose monitor.

It sounds like a great system for expanding the Apple Watch's functionality while simultaneously selling add-on accessories. Understandably, novelty designs like the one from the patent will take a longer while to manifest.

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source: Patently Apple via AppAdvice

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11 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Neat, I guess.

2. BuffaloSouce unregistered

So should it be a Apple version of a Fitbit or Gear Fit

3. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Meh...

4. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

flexible displays on any type of mobile device is copying samsung LOL...jus like the ipencil, oled screen, iris scanner, and a whole bunch of other so called gimmicks by iphony fans LOL

5. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Damn though, If apple makes something like that into a real product it'd be cool asf. I hope it'll be just as practical as it is awesome looking

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Apple Watch is a good wearable, but it's the fitness app that I like a lot on it. They just need to allow you to view total calories, and workout logs, from the watch. Good watch, with good battery life.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

These things are already at the pinnacle of design and capability do to size. Any fancy features and batterylife is dismal. They are just toys at best.

8. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

To quote someone much smarter than me "Every great and transformative tech always start as a toy at the beginning." The mainframe folks thought the pc was a toy at the start. Same thought when laptop came along, same was said about the iPhone, and look where its template have gotten us. You are not the first and you certainly won't be the last.

9. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Screen will still be too small no matter what they do unless there's a breakthrough with technology like holographic projection.

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The others will follow.

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Icopy copying again I see....

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