If patent is to be believed, Apple is potentially considering mobile wireless antennas in the bands of Apple's future watches. The idea is that this will free up space in the watch box for other components. That sounds great on paper and although, of course, I'd like to see a bigger battery in the Apple Watch, I beg you, Apple – please don't.
The patent in question was originally filed in 1945. in May 2018 and made public on Thursday . In it, writes Apple, "In many traditional clocks, neither the body of the watch nor any other device interacts with the watch band. Instead, the clock body operates independently or does not interact with the clock band while communicating with another external device. The working components of the watch body can be protected in a rigid housing. ”
This almost describes most of the smart watches we currently know. And while smartwatches are around, it has always been a problem figuring out how to pack the best components into as small a form factor as possible. That is why many full-featured watches are sweatshirts and why the more modern choice is lightweight for advanced features. However, Apple continues to point out that "it may be desirable to provide certain components outside the rigid casing in order to make more efficient use of the space inside the casing."
The patent then goes on to detailed clock bands that could "To stretch, bend, and bend" with built-in antennas that would allow it to communicate with other devices and protect it from the external environment.
That's all well and good, but with all due respect, we saw a smart watch that stuffs antennas into the time bar before: LG Watch Sport . This swinging behemoth was a pain to wear. The tapes were extremely hard, probably to protect the components. This meant that it was an inappropriate, downright awkward watch, especially if you had a smaller wrist. The worst part was that since the group contained basic components, there was no option to change the default bar. You just had to stand up and shut up.
Of course, Apple recognizes this problem in the patent, too. "As watch straps stretch, bend and bend to fit the user's wrist, all components contained within them are subjected to forces that could potentially damage such components," Apple explains. "Attempts to reinforce these components with durable housings may reduce the ability of the watch strap to be compatible and comfortably fit the user's wrist." The patent then goes on to say that its watch straps will be able to bend and bend. , protect components from damage while still being comfortable to carry by users.
Big if true. F or for the sake of argument, let's just say that Apple manages to find a way to ensure that the built-in antennas are strong enough to survive bending and the straps are actually comfortable enough to carry . Great. This could be an innovative way of dealing with inherent spatial constraints with wearables. This raises another question: Would you still be able to change the clock bands? Although not every smartwatch owner is fictitious about aesthetics, I have read enough comments on the subject to know that there are many. Modular watch straps are a way of expressing personal style as well as practicality. Silicone or nylon straps are preferred for sports, but if you have sensitive skin, a leather version might be better for everyday wear. Which brings me to my next point: Even if Apple finds a way to keep the straps modular, incorporating proprietary strap technology means that it will be much harder to go to a third-party accessory retailer. And we all know how much Apple loves third-party accessories.
The more likely scenario is that you should buy Apple tapes at Apple prices. Considering that Apple charges a minimum of $ 50 for watches with technology without in them, I don't even want to think about what kind of bands embedded with core technologies will sell retail. (For the record, you can get perfectly nice Apple Watch straps for just $ 10- $ 15 on Amazon.)
Apple is obviously thinking of doing something with watch straps. In addition to this patent, he also filed another that would add electrical contacts and data data to the tapes to power more sensors. Then again, Apple files a horde of patents every week just to cover its foundations. It is very possible that these ideas will never see the light of day. But if they do, the features are well worth it.