Apple even registered the iWatch name in several countries, and had numerous filings at the USPTO. But when the time came to unveil the device on September 9th, 2014, most were stunned to hear it called the Apple Watch. Apparently, a company called OMG Electronics had filed to use the iWatch name in September 2012 for a timepiece that was being being funded on Indiegogo. But that failed. Seeking to raise $100,000 for its iWatch, OMG was able to raise just $1434.
Now, with the second generation Apple Watch expected to be unveiled on September 7th, it appears that Apple could be calling the device the iWatch. A trademark application filed in Asia for the iWatch name, was apparently accepted exactly one week ago from today. The original filing was made on June 3rd, 2013. That is, assuming that the documents are genuine.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities' Apple analyst, there will be two different versions of the new Apple Watch. Neither will have stand-alone cellular connectivity, which means the timepiece will still need to be paired to an iPhone. The premium model will feature GPS and a barometer. Both new models will have improved waterproofing, an improved battery life, and a faster processor.
Will calling the next Apple Watch the iWatch make it sell better? Will Apple even decide to make the name change? All will be revealed a week from tomorrow during Apple's September 7th event.
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