Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to electronic device assemblies. The patent seems like a “wrist-watch device”, though it could also be a laptop, tablet, pendant device, headphone, earpiece, telephone, media player, or “other wearable or miniature device”. So it sounds like Apple is hedging its bets.
It certainly looks like a watch face to us, so maybe Apple is just keeping the description vague to deliberately put us off the scent.
Apple notes that the device will support wireless circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry such as radio-frequency transceiver circuitry. The radio-frequency transceiver circuitry may include cellular telephone transceiver circuitry, wireless local area network transceiver circuitry, and satellite navigation system receiver circuitry such as Global Positioning System (GPS) circuitry and Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) circuitry.
It doesn’t specify much specs. It mentions a load of possibilities – including a camera, a curved screen, and light sensors – but doesn’t confirm anything. It doesn’t even say whether the device will have a touchscreen.
But then this is a concept design patent, rather than a design patent. Which means the design could be completely different for the final product. If it ever goes on sale, that is.
In other words, a lot of details are still unkown. But this is the closest Apple has come to laying its cards on the table.
Apple credits product designer Conor Lenahan who was a mechanical engineering intern at iRobot along with team mates Kevin Gibbs, Carl Peterson, Erik Uttermann, John Ternus, Justin Wodrich, Elvis Kibiti and Dereck Wright as the inventors of granted patent 8,712,233 which was originally filed in Q1 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Check out the whole patent in the link below.
Rumours abound that Nike will partner with Apple to make the software for the iWatch. Nike’s CEO recently told CNBC that the partnership between the two companies would continue.
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