It was inevitable; Samsung, LG and even Motorola now have their own Google Wear based smart watches on the market, and it’s clear that Apple is trying to close the gap with it’s competition by offering various new products that match up with some of the newest tech in the smartphone industry.
The world is already pretty convinced that Apple have a brand new phablet iPhone planned this year, along with a larger standard iPhone, but Apple also have another new product up their sleeves. Recently, the US Patent and Trademark Office showed off a brand new patent claimed by Apple for the ‘iTime smart watch.’
According to the new patent, the iTime smart watch will be “an electronic wristband to be worn on the wrist of the user.” The patent for the iTime smart watch unfortunately doesn’t go into much more detail, however the shape of the device is showcased in a drawing for a patent.
In the drawing, the iTime smart watch can be seen as a square display attached to a wrist band, perhaps in similar fashion to the LG G Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. The new patent by Apple also suggests that the iTime smart watch will be fully functional as a standalone mobile device, however users may clip it into a wristband to wear on their wrists at any given time.
The iTime smart watch may also come with a range of haptic sensors to allow users to perform certain wrist motions whilst wearing the watch.
The patent filing for the iTime smart watch reads, “For example, the gesture might be a horizontal movement for one user input option (e.g., decline incoming call), and might be a vertical movement for another user input option (e.g., accept incoming call). For example, the gesture might be a single shake (or bounce, tap, etc.) of the user’s wrist for one user input option (e.g., accept incoming call), and might be a pair of shakes (or bounces, taps, etc.) for another user input option (e.g., decline incoming call).”
Whilst the watch has been named as the iTime in some areas on the patent filing, no trademark has yet been claimed for this name, suggesting that ‘iTime’ may just be a prototype name.