• Flexible display patent

1. Flexible display patent

One of the latest patents to surface has fuelled suggestions that the iWatch could feature a “Bi-stable spring with flexible display’. Filed with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office back in August 2011 the claim outlines a flexible display that slaps onto your wrist and can then communicate with other devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to access features like changing songs in playlists, or review recent calls like other smart watch devices. Screen orientation would be aided by on board sensors like gyroscopes while the use of solar panels is said to help boost battery life.

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Has an Apple iWatch been in the works for some time? We take a look at a series of patents that could shed light on the much rumoured device

Apple has been flexing its innovative muscles for over 30 years making us part with big piles of money in exchange for desktop computers, smartphones and has even managed to carve out an entire new product category with its 'revolutionary' iPad tablet PC.

If rumours are to be believed, the chaps at Cupertino could have its sights set on a wearable piece of tech that is currently being dubbed the 'iWatch'. Some industry experts have indicated a 2013 launch for the iWatch while others suggest it could be three years away from reality. Whether we can expect the iWatch this year or some time in the future, these five patents could be the evidence of potential features being weighed up if it does Tim Cook does turn up on stage with one wrapped around his wrist.

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