Next-gen Apple Watch could be high-tech top to bottom, even the strap

A patent application by Apple, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday, describes a wristband for a wearable device that may actually house some tech inside it. Outlining the specifics of a “Band attachment mechanism with haptic response”, this patent could mean that Apple is exploring the possibility of integrating some of the tech powering its Apple Watches, or a future wearable device, straight into its band.

The patent application proposes a design where a feedback haptic engine, as well as other hardware, is integrated into the wrist band and works in conjunction with the wearable itself. Thus the size of the device could be reduced, while the different positioning of hardware components could also lend itself to diversifying the user experience and feedback notification system of the wearable.

One of the examples described in the documents envisions a band that can move side-to-side while the device itself remains centered on the users’ wrist. The band’s movement could be influenced further by an advanced haptic device built into its buckle, creating the illusion of pressure of varying degrees on the wearer’s wrist.

It is currently unclear whether Apple will incorporate this concept in next year’s Apple Watches, or ever for that matter, but we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of seeing something like the above-described watchband in the not-so-distant-future. All Apple Watches have a “hidden”, so to speak, data port under their strap connectors. The 6-pin port can be used for diagnostics and for connecting the Watches to demo display pedestals in Apple Stores, but is not intended for end users to temper with. However, the data port is capable of transferring data between the Apple Watch and another device, so it wouldn’t be out of the question that it could be used for communicating with a new type of smart wristband.

A next-gen watchband with integrated hardware could help slim down the profile of the device, as well as enrich the user experience, but it could also spell the end of cheaper third-party band replacements.

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source: USPTO via AppleInsider



1. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

i saw this article elsewhere early this morning. this seems to be a reoccurring theme with iphonearena. they just copy news from other sites and post it here as a rehashed version. hmmm

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I want to see work on the interface, especially the horrid apps home screen, UGH what a mess!

8. willard12 unregistered

I hope so too. Then, with increased success of the watch, maybe their ardent fans will quit lying about their value in every other post they make: Samsung Group (electronics, C&T, Heavy Industries, SDS, Insurance) revenue: $305 billion assets: $529 billion equity: $ 231 billion Apple revenue: $216 billion assets: $321 billion equity: $128 billion

9. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

ermm..sources please?

10. willard12 unregistered's your friend.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

get it from wikipedia? that's the old number.. that samsung's number is from 2014, and apple's is from 2015

3. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

yet another BS patent from a so called tech giant... no actual product but a lot of familiar ideas being certified as theirs.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Good way to kill third party band makers.

7. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Afte all they finally bring force or 3d touch to the watch also. This is true invoation

11. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Apple and top Tech? good joke.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

sure... just like apple series 2 which bring tons of new features, and better design compared to it's predecessor, and that's the the meaning of innovation for apple /s

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