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Round Apple Watch could be on the way, according to awarded patent

Round Apple Watch could be on the way, according to awarded patent”

The patent itself is for technology developed to combat the challenges that come with a circular frame and smart technology. The firm could have filed for the protection of a patent just in case it decides to offer a new Apple Watch design with a rounded screen.

Two of the inventors listed on this invention include Nicholas Treadwell, Product Design Engineer who came to Apple via Yamaha personal watercraft and General Electric as a rotating parts design engineer; James Stryker, Manager Product Design at Apple who came to Apple via Esko Bionics. What's of broader interest is whether it signals the company's interest in a future Apple Watch with a circular display? Due to a smaller pixel count and irregular shape, Apple explains a way to mitigate "inefficient use" of the display area by reducing "bottleneck regions". Apple was granted a patent for a round display that is likely intended for the Apple wearable. There are several possible solutions, including the use of an array of circular pixels.

Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to a new iDevice case that can serve as a stand for the computing device and that provide some amount of torsional force for canceling out static and dynamic loads of the computing device when upright, or at least partially upright. Today's granted patent claims emphasizes "curved edges", a "circular array of pixels", and "first and second columns of the pixels", amongst other refinements. Not only does Apple file many patents each year, this particular one was originally filed in January 2016 (and first leaked in December that year). Apple may have rejected the idea at a later date, it could be a protective patent to make it harder for other companies to compete, or it could be technology the company plans to use in other devices with curved-edge displays, such as iPhones. Many patent methods never end up being used in an end product.

Would you like to have the option of a circular Apple Watch? This means that Apple had engineers working on the project after the first Apple Watch was publicly shown off. This led to rumors that Apple might go a different route and launch a round smartwatch instead, but as we all know this clearly did not happen, but on hindsight it seems like maybe it didn't matter.



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