Apple Looks to Trademark "iWatch" in Japan
July 1, 2013 11:18 AM
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An Apple smart watch is on the way
Apple is currently trying to trademark the name "iWatch" in Japan, signifying another step forward in the tech giant's quest for a possible 2013 smart watch release.
, Apple filed a request with the Japan Patent Office to trademark the name "iWatch" on June 3.
It's no secret that Apple has a wearable device in the works. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Apple had
filed a patent
for a "Bi-stable spring with flexible display" in 2011. It described a bi-stable spring that would be made out of thin steel and wrapped in fabric covering, then heat-sealed. The display would be located on one side of the bracelet (overlaid with an adhesive) and the logic board and battery would be placed on the other side. It also showed a universal fit, a plethora of onboard sensors, wireless charging, etc.
In March of this year, reports said that Apple was testing designs for the smart watch and tweaking certain features such as increasing battery life to last four or five days (it had only lasted a couple of days at the time) and working on the iPhone's iOS so it can support the device.
The iWatch, which is expected to manage some of the same tasks as the iPhone and iPad, is rumored
release as soon as this year
iPod nano used as a watch
Apple largely led the way for the smartphone explosion with its 2007 iPhone release (though Android has greater market share today), and took the lead in the tablet market as well with its 2010 iPad launch. Apple is hoping that it can do the same with the smart watch and prove that it still has that touch -- even without former founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
Competitors, such as Google and Samsung, are hoping to beat Apple to the punch. In March of this year, Samsung revealed that it had been working on a smart watch for a while, but didn't give any details on price, features or availability. And Sony recently announced its
third generation Smart Watch 2
preparing the watch product
for so long,” said Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and
is definitely one of them.
“The issue here is who will first commercialize it so consumers can use it meaningfully."
More recently, reports say Google is working on its own
Android-powered smart watch
. It will also sync with Android smartphones via Bluetooth.
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7/1/2013 12:03:15 PM
All your watches are belong to us!
7/1/2013 5:05:45 PM
I don't have any idea whether the iWatch is real but if it is I wonder if this
and the many years of work Apple has been devoting to developing something called iWallet and a mobile payments system are both connected to a wearable device?
The development work is evidenced by the numerous patents Apple has applied for relating to mobile payment. The pattern of Apple's patents submissions, like any acquisitions it makes, are often good indicators of what Apple has in the pipeline. The background on it's mobile payment patent submissions can be found here;
The fingerprint sensor acquisition is often mentioned in relation to the next generation of the iPhone but it may also relate to a wearable device such as the rumoured iWatch. Thinking about a device that is worn on the wrist and has a wrist watch size screen it occurred to me that it would make a very good fingerprint sensor - just the right size and easily and always within reach.
Nobody has cracked mobile payments yet and it would seem to offer a huge potential business and a current arena full of clumsy existing offerings. Exactly the sort of space ripe for an Apple disruption. Just a thought.
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