Apple patent for displays woven in fabric promises Watch tech we'll likely never see
The patent describes fabric that "includes light transmissive fibers woven into the fabric to provide a visual display." The fabric may be used as a tether to connect a portable electronic device to a useror the light transmissive fibers may transmit light to essentially act as a display itself. The fibers would be able to light up in full or in pieces, and the patent also does mention watches directly. The fibers could act as notification lights (because somehow it would be impossible to add notification lights to a watch, or use an OLED display and only light up a notification area?) and connect to wearables, phones or laptops.
Basically, some engineer at Apple had a fever dream, drew up the plans and filed the patent, because that's standard policy at Apple. Sure, it is slightly possible that we'll see this down the road, but in reality the tech to make this work is probably too expensive for consumer devices and has limited use cases. So, as could be said of plenty of patent filings, we'd suggest you don't get too excited about seeing this on the market.