Should a recent patent application be anything to go on, Apple’s iWatch project is officially on and a release date could be on the cards sooner than expected.
Adding to a swathe of rumors surrounding the fabled iWatch, Apple’s new patent application includes a feature whereby the energy various wrist and arm movements could act as the power source for the battery of the iWatch. In addition, it is also looking like the iWatch could be something of a throw-back to the ever popular slap-bracelets and watched of the 90s.
Should the iWatch indeed lunch as something of a slap-watch, this could technically make it far easier to use with various desktop peripherals and accessories when in its straight form.
Perhaps most surprising about the patent application however is the fact that it was apparently filed back in August of 2011 – something that suggests that the iWatch has been an incredibly long-winded and important project for Apple. Originally reported by Engadget back in the day, it was rumored that the iWatch would arrive with a rudimentary virtual keyboard and a low-power display.
As has been the case with most of today’s resurfacing rumors, the features of the iWatch will in all probability revolve around displaying of content and information – i.e. serving as a music and video browser, displaying text messages and further information from the web.
While there are no details so far as to Apple’s intended release date for the iWatch or indeed whether the company will be granted the patent, reports that over 100 developers have been added to the iWatch team would seem to suggest that something big is on the horizon.
Among the additional features the iWatch team is now rumored to be working on, some of the most likely and of genuine use include heart rate monitoring for exercise, wireless payment using NFC and the most convenience access to the Siri voice assistant to date.