Apple iWatch may be called the Apple iTime, newly unearthed patent reveals
Apple’s much rumoured “iWatch“, which was widely expected to be introduced as soon as this September, has been revealed in a recently granted patent, first spotted by AppleInsider. Within the patent documentation the wrist wearable tech gadget is referred to as the Apple iTime.
This is the first time Apple has publicly recognised that it is indeed working on a smartwatch, as the company was granted a patent for a “Wrist-worn electronic device and method therefor” by the United States Patent and Trademark Office which was made public on Tuesday.
Submitted back in July 2011, the patent awarded describes a wrist-worn gadget with a small touchscreen that can be docked into a wrist strap and has the ability to connect to an iPhone, iPad or computer to access information and receive alerts.
The docking system is based on converting the square-shaped iPod nano-like display, which can be used independently, into a specifically-made strap which will augment the device’s capabilities with the integration of various electrical and sensory components.
Although the patent does not give much away regarding any commercial product that might be planned by Apple, it still gives us an insight of what Apple was thinking to develop in 2011. Other features described in the patent include support for arm and wrist gestures, and multiple advanced sensors.
“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),” the filing reads.
Even though in some drawings included in the patent, the smartwatch device is labelled “iTime”, that name isn’t claimed as a trademark with the USPTO. The company has however, applied for an iWatch trademark earlier this month, which coincides with rumours that it is readying a smartwatch for mass production. It is very likely that we see a smartwatch alongside Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, which is due to be unveiled in September.