Apple patent for displays woven in fabric promises Watch tech we'll likely never see

Apple patent for displays woven in fabric promises Watch tech we'll likely never see
In general, the rumor mill is a continuous stream of things you could probably guess - Samsung will announce the Galaxy S7 in early 2016, Apple has something big coming at WWDC, etc - but then we get the more interesting ideas that usually pop up in patent filings. More interesting, but also far more likely to never see the light of day. The latest from Apple is a patent for displays woven into fabric.

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. 

Apple patent for displays woven in fabric promises Watch tech we'll likely never see

source: USPTO via 9to5Mac

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29 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Apple flyknit

2. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

Apple never invents. they usually borrow or "innovate"

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*steal

23. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

To be fair, everyone steals from everyone. Recently a coworker asked me, "did you hear a bout the Apple and Samsung lawsuit?" I asked him, "which one?" Lol. Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, they all steal from each other. The difference is that Apple steals and then acts like they invented it, and Steve Jobs used to act like he thinks up his ideas while he sits and talks to God, Himself.

3. TechNeck

Posts: 622; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'm done with Apple. I'm so done.

4. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I promise that that you will buy all in future coming garbage from Apple, no matter what.

5. appleilluminati

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Apple is so done with you too

8. TechNeck

Posts: 622; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Oh, I'll continue buying Apple products. I'm not as biased as you an other fanboys.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Sounds like people in their college days when they say they will never drink again lol!

25. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

You shouldn't had embarked with Apple in the first place!

29. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

iPad for tablet, Android for phone.

6. appleilluminati

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

When we make new products droidsheep always criticize they are the bottom of the pit we apple will continue to bring innovative products to the market

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

what's worse than droidsheeps? trolls like you.

12. appleilluminati

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

At least we ios users can take criticism you droidsheep sheep get all in your feelings when you get criticized

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

First, not an android fanboy, you stupid trolls auto categorize people just because they disagree with you, you don't even know what devices I own and love. Second, not all iOS users are mindless trolls like you. Third, trolls like you add fuel to the Apple-hate fire.

27. Joulukas

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Oh really, you can take critics? Most of your posts driping with "insert-product-name-here"sheep ideas. The fact that you fail to bring out any arguements besides, android-bashing, samsung-bashing, person-bashing, directly puts you in the punch if product-sheeps. Apple innovation count is low and idea-patenting is high and while I welcome new ideas, Apple policy on leting world improve from these ideas is idiotic and focused on "cashing in on my dream". Fabric based display concepts have been around for ages, there are allready procuts on this idea and I suport the tech 100%, but the fact that Apple has "patented this idea" shows, there is going to be delay in mass production. So ultimately, im not against apple products, I am against their politics, which results slower rate of innovation and ingenious gadgets, that we all would like to have!

16. willard12 unregistered

Who's "we"? Did Tim Cook create a Phonearena account yesterday?

17. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

"We"? So ur an Apple engineer? Other wise there is no " we" between u and apple. U just buy there products nothing more.

18. appleilluminati

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

If that's makes you sleep better at night sure let's go with that

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's the problem with all fanboys, they have this delusion of a special connection to their company of choice. If you didn't give these companies money, they wouldn't give 2 $hit$ about you. It's sad that most fanboys aren't much different from other obsessed fans like John Hinkley Jr., the guy who took a shot at the POTUS to prove his love for Jodie Foster. Most fanboys may not be as extreme as that, but the basic obsession is still there.

9. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

great, now I can wear a green shirt, recieve a text msg and pretend a f****g christmas tree. #innovation

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But if Sammy came out with this.....

14. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I would sh*t on samsung too. I already said that the battery on the Galaxy S6 is a joke compare to other similar phones. At least the galaxy S6 I had held a really bad battery life; would not make it throught the day. Maybe I had a defective one so not sure. Either way I was disappointed with it and sold it.

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

they would call it gimmick

19. appleilluminati

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

If Sammy would of came out with this the mindless droidsheep would rejoice but since it's apple the negativity is in full effect

20. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Hey that's just my opinion. If you wanna look like a christmas tree and light up with every text then that's your choice. You aready seem to be in full retard mode. Might as well go full and a half retard.

24. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Get a life!

22. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple = Innovation.

26. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

"Good artists copy. Great artists steal" - Steve Jobs Yeah... that's what your fruit company's innovation is all about!

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