Could new Apple patent mean wraparound iWatch?

The times they are a-changin'

A new Apple patent application has ignited debate that the rumoured Apple iWatch could sport a wraparound-style display

The Apple iWatch is the talk of the tech town following rumour after rumour about its design, functionality and possible arrival date. The latest piece of information regarding the device is a patent application from Apple that seems to suggest it is looking at a wraparound type display.

The application was spotted by AppleInsider and describes a flexible screen that wraps all the way around a user's wrist thanks to a built in support structure.

Remember the slap bracelets of the early 90s? Yeah, it's a bit like that. And we're really not joking - Apple even references the slap bracelet in the patent application: "The most recent widespread use of such a device was the slap bracelet, also called the slap wrap. The slap bracelet consists of layered flexible steel bands sealed within a fabric cover."

The application also hints at some software functionality that would mean it could interact with an iPhone or iPad: "With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls."

"A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display."

Another intriguing idea is the patent's suggestion that solar power or kinetic energy can be used to supply the battery with juice.

This new development appears to be the most obvious clue yet that Cupertino is planning to develop a smartwatch. Given that the Pebble Smartwatch is already available and Google has also confirmed interest in developing a smartwatch - this could be the next tech revolution.

If you're one of the people that gave up wearing a watch when it became easier to just look at your smartphone screen, then it might be time to start reconsidering.

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Via: AppleInsider

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