Apple patent reveals Apple Watch with an antenna in its band

Apple Watch Patent
Apple Watch Patent (Image credit: USPTO)

What you need to know

  • An Apple patent has revealed the design for an Apple Watch band that has an antenna inside.
  • The flexible antenna could be embedded within a watch band that communicates with your iPhone.
  • Moving the antenna from the case to your watch band would free up space for other components.

An Apple patent published today has revealed how the Apple Watch's antenna could be moved from the Apple Watch housing to its band, in order to free up space inside the case.

As reported by AppleInsider, the patent is titled 'antenna assemblies for watch bands' and the summary states:

A watch band for a watch can include an antenna that is operable for wireless communication with other devices. The antenna can be embedded within a body of the watch band to protect the antenna from an external environment and to conceal it from view. The antennas can adaptably stretch, bend, and flex with the watch band body, thereby avoiding damage from applied forces while also maintaining the compliance and comfort of the watch band while worn by a user.

The patent notes that in most watch designs, neither the watch itself nor any other device interacts with the watch band, the sole purpose of which is to keep the watch on your wrist. It states that it would be "desirable" to house components of a watch outside of its rigid housing, to more effectively utilize space within. Not only that, components within the band of a watch are more readily accessible for things like repair and upgrade.

The patent goes on to describe how an antenna and other circuitry could be housed within a watch band so as to communicate with other devices, for example your iPhone. The antenna would be embedded inside of the watch band so as to protect it but concealed so as not to spoil the aesthetics of the band.

The idea that Apple could house an Apple Watch antenna inside of its band is certainly interesting. Not only would that open up space inside Apple Watch for something like a larger battery, a more easily accessible antenna could also mean cheaper and more convenient repairs if there was ever a fault with the part.

Whilst a patent is no guarantee we will ever see this tech, would you be excited for an Apple Watch with an external antenna embedded in your watch band?

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9