iWatch Release INCOMING as New Patent Makes it Clear Apple is Interested in Smartwatches
The iWatch is an elusive device and is probably the next big category that Tim Cook has been talking about. You’ve probably seen countless rumors and hearsay, but this time we’re talking about one that really makes sense.
A recent report from AppleInsider details one of the most comprehensive iWatch-related patents we’ve seen in quite a while. The patent was originally filed back in 2011, but only now do we see more details about it.
Apple was recently granted a comprehensive ‘iTime’ smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.
The patent was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is allegedly entitled “iTime” in one illustration. Apparently, it can connect with other iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, computers and the watch’s straps.
Here are some more details from the original report:
“Basically, a majority of the property details what can be considered a “smart wristband” that features a receptacle for a portable media player. What comes later in the patent, however, potentially reveals Apple’s smartwatch aspirations.”
“As noted, much of the invention pertains to a convertible style smartwatch that incorporates a central electronic device removably secured to an advanced strap strap system. The idea harkens back to the days of Apple’s sixth-generation iPod nano, which spawned a cottage industry for ad-hoc solutions that turned the media player into a wristwatch-style device. In fact, Apple’s patent background alludes to the iPod nano by name.”
However, despite all the plethora of information available in this patent filing, there are enough reasons to assume this was a project intended for the iPod Nano. However, many of the described features are still actual for the upcoming iWatch. Here are some of them:
“The watch is able to receive a notification initiated by a nearby phone, then alert the user to the event through audio, visual or haptic feedback (vibrations). Once alerted, the user has the option to take out their iPhone or dive into the notification directly on the watch, whether it be onscreen or through audio output like system speakers or headphones.”
“Various embodiments allow for incoming phone calls, text messages, social and news network feeds, among other information, to be displayed on the wristband’s display. Apps can tap into the functionality and provide their own notifications, assumedly through iOS APIs. Data is “pushed” to the wearable dynamically, but more importantly users are able to handle the information directly by interacting with the source device. ”