Apple's latest patent filing suggest that it's working on a new Bluetooth protocol for iWatch

Apple's latest patent filing suggest that it's working on a new Bluetooth protocol for iWatch
We've been hearing all about the Apple iWatch, and the noise has definitely been kicked-up a notch ever since Samsung outed their conflicting Gear smartwatch. By now, it's pretty much certain that Apple will be joining in on the wearables fun, and it's fair to say that a smartwatch is right up Cupertino's alley, seeing as design is king when timepieces are involved.

Design, precisely, is what Apple will undoubtedly shoot for, though this facet of the package has proven difficult to solve for the rest of the current pioneers, like Sony and Samsung. This has resulted in passable, but somewhat chubby looks. Apple may be looking to push the boundaries on that last front, thanks to a new patent it filed just today. The patent in question describes a new protocol for Bluetooth-equipped devices, that may bring significant increases in efficiency, by pairing said devices on demand only. Whether this will work seamlessly in the background, or you'll have to do this manually isn't known at this point, though we'd guess the former is a surer bet.

Granted that the engineers working on the iWatch succeed in integrating such functionality, we could be see battery, one of the chubbiest components in a smartwatch or otherwise, shrink, letting Apple's outstanding design crew work their magic.

There's currently no word on when we might see the iWatch, though it's probably safe to say that we'll have to wait for 2014. In the meantime, Apple's arch-rival, Google, is said to be hard at work on their own smartwatch, that we could see by the end of the year.

Apple's latest patent filing suggest that it's working on a new Bluetooth protocol for iWatch

via: 9to5Mac

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27 Comments

1. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

hopefully it will be longer than a 10 hour battery life

20. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

Assuming that's a jab at Galaxy Gear, it actually lasts whole lot more than 10 hours

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Gear last 25 hours. I started work at 8am reach home about 9 plus. The remaining charge is 73% to 78%. Samsung battery are great that why Apple keep coming back to buy from them. Gear is very useful and i will buy the gear 2 when its release next year.

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Wow, a patent on checking for stuff every x amount of time instead of continuously! I've never seen any other device do that before! Patent granted!

3. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

ha ha ha +1 to you

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Not in a watch

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Seriously do we have to know every patent that Apple patent?

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Seriously do you have to get on every apple article and complain? You're worse that phonearenauser.

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Seriously do you have to get on every article and complain about me? :D

4. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Waiting for it. Apple is leading the innovation.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

So you're a SIMPLE student? Yeah your brain seems to work kinda simply.

18. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

in their own claims as if most of their innovations are just copies from the others and one good example was their touch ID they claimed the patent as they own but motorola has it 3 yrs ago in one of their smartphones

5. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

That Design WOW!!!! I love it

9. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

You do know it's not designed by Apple? ;)

16. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

As long it's running IOS it's fine

27. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

It's not running anything, it's a concept watch and not the real deal

10. ilia1986 unregistered

This is one of those very very very rare moments when I actually want Apple to show Samsung, Sony and the others how to design thin, slim, good-looking watches. Yes, it will be overpriced. Yes, because of apple's arrogance it will be only possible to pair it with an ios device. But it might drive the other companies to follow suit and instead of packing 60000 features - to pack just the right ones, just the right way and in the right shape.

12. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

here's some news for you.. while yes Apple really pushed the smart phone craze.. the other companies don't NEED Apple to show them the way. If apple suddenly imploded and disappeared, I think innovation and the tech world would carry on just fine.

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes, but if there is one thing apple knows how to do is to make relatively stylish devices.. Let's be honest here. Both the Sony smartwatch and the Galaxy gear don't look that good...

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Disagree. You don't even know what an apple smart watch would look like and you automatically assume it will look better than the other smart watches. Sounds like a Apple fanatic to me.

25. ilia1986 unregistered

lol the last thing anyone would say about me is that I'm an apple fanatic. An anti-apple fanatic is more like it. And I don't assume. That's my opinion.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 1986; Member since: May 26, 2011

Still hard to do without proper components. It sounds like apple is reaching out to LG for the flexible OLED but battery is another puzzle piece that needs to be solved

14. antonma

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Is this means that iwatch will only support iproducts Like summy(might will have support for other android devices)

17. jack123

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

The design look a lot better than smartwatch from Sony, and Galaxy gear look the worst.

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Ah Apple, putting patents on stuff that either exists similarly or will never create themselves, waiting to pounce on a firm that does. Did I mention how great Apple is?

22. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

OMG, everyone posting comments are just looking at the picture instead of reading the article, the picture is just a concept, probably a fan made concept

28. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

So when A patented comes by android it's all innovation but when one comes to Apple it's all hail y'all need to grow up android is not the whole mobile space y'all brag about competition but when Apple BlackBerry Windows phone steps in y'all have a issue which is ironically funny because android is about choice

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