Is there an Apple iRing in the future?

Is there an Apple iRing in the future?
A patent application originally filed this past April Fool's Day by Apple, was released yesterday by the USPTO. The application hints that someday we could be hearing about another wearable device from Cupertino, the Apple iRing. The patent application shows off a touchscreen device that would fit on your finger. The ring would have a built-in microphone to allow you to communicate with Siri, and be equipped with a rechargeable battery.

The ring could also be used as a wireless controller for games, and remotely activate a camera's shutter. It also would be able to wirelessly move a cursor around a computer screen. Despite the size of the device, Apple envisions putting a fingerprint scanner on the ring in order for it to work with mobile payment service Apple Pay. Another variation of the ring mentioned in the filing, includes a camera. The actual name of Apple's patent application is "Devices and Methods for a Ring Computing Device."

Since the application is not for a design patent, any such device might not look exactly like the images in the application. Keep in mind that a start-up company called Ringly already offers smart jewelry, including a ring, that vibrates and flashes colors to notify the wearer of a incoming phone call or text message on a paired smartphone.


source: USPTO via IBT

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40 Comments

1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I hope not, their watch is ugly enough. Imagine how ugly their ring would be. O.o

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You just hate everything Apple. Not surprised to see you here either. Keep up the good work Taters!

3. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

A ring is just a dumb idea... at this day in age. Watches already don't have all the capabilities of a phone and shrinking the screen even more will not add any benefit.

5. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

It'll be very useful in the future when technology advances. Though I agree that with such small screen, its almost impossible to use it but they will find a way.

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You're not much better....

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Explain. -Sent from iPhone 6S Plus

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO GOT EEEM.

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I aint' even mad... -Sent from my Note 5 (with wireless charging, file transfer via NFC, fast charging, stylus, themed os.)

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes you are, that's why you responded that way. Before you respond to me about your note 5, I own both.

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol, no son. I'm not mad. I'm just being cheeky. He's kind of admitting it by putting that line anyway. Idc really. And I know you have both. What color Note did you get? I went with white. I have an affinity for white phones. Last 3 (g2, s6 note) have all been white.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sapphire

17. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm ready for some new colors. Maybe a candy red or a good looking blue. A non metallic medium gray would be awesome. Like the color of primer but shiny. With red or blue accents.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Red would be nice

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Was that comment supposed to make me jealous? Because if it was it certainly isn't working. There's a reason why I skipped the N5 and that's because of updates. Have fun waiting weeks and months for an update to hit your phone though.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's what I hate most about skinned android, updates take forever. My 6S Plus has already gotten two

27. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I wouldn't be happy about numerous updates to fix a very buggy release though. Have you had any issues yet? Forbes, who is apple biased, has called it the most buggy release yet. Apparently the latest issue is that you can not revert back to iOS 8 if 9 is giving you issues. Don't get me wrong Androids can take a while to get updates, but if we're keeping score I wouldn't say 2-0 since the 2 were to fix issues with the 1 it came with.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 9 is very stable, iOS 8 was not. Apple doesn't generally downgrade from the current, to the previous years os. And no, I've had no issues with it. It performs great, and is just as stable as my note, and faster most of the time. It also has excellent battery life. It's been of the charger since 3:30am, and currently sits at 57%...with heavy usage.

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iOS 9 on my 6SP runs flawlessly thank you very much. This two day battery life with LPM still scares me.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They just don't know bro.

28. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

No -Sent from Nokia 3300

30. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lord of the Rings: Return of Steve

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

it like the nfc ring thats out

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

One ring to rule all the sheeps! My preciousss...

38. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You make my day! LOL

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Patent should not be given unless you present a working prototype. Improve this law. Otherwise someday someone will patent a$$ and you'll have to pay to cr@p.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

^^^This.

7. gjkiii

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

feels very gimmicky

10. MattEagle

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

should come with ipunch function

12. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

This ring might not cost a kidney but probably half a liver. For the middle class!

20. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Apple is trying to build so many personalized devicrs. I wouldn't be shocked if iCock ring would come out too. ;-)

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