What you need to know
- Previous Apple patents suggest it is still considering the idea of adding a camera to the Apple Watch.
- It submitted the idea for a camera integreated into the band back in September 2016.
- Though the idea is intriguing, Apple has seemingly opted not to include it into the Apple Watch so far.
Apple is still considering putting a camera on the Apple Watch according to some of its patents. The patents, first spotted by AppleInsider, suggest that Apple has toyed around with the idea of placing the camera at the end of a flexible band.
The patent, which was filed to the US Patent and Trademark Office back in September 2016, show that Apple is not done with the idea of placing an "optical sensor," as it calls it in the patent, on the Apple Watch through the best way possible. Here's exactly how Apple describes the patent:
By now it is pretty clear that placing a camera on the watch itself isn't really feasible as it's not adjustable. The Apple Watch is strapped on to your wrist, which means adjustability is limited right away to just rotating the wrist and that's neither useful nor comfortable. But a flexible band provides much more customizability, or so goes Apple's thinking.
Judging by the illustrations, Apple considered multiple options including using an extended loop band and just placing it at the end of a standard band. It doesn't seem neither idea worked relatively well as it has been nearly three years since Apple submitted the patent but the idea has not yet been incorporated into the Apple Watch
For now, it seems customers don't really care about a camera on the Apple Watch. In fact, Apple Watch proved to be as popular as ever with shipments increasing in 2018.
People didn't care about a camera on the iPad, until Apple put a camera on the iPad. People will say they'd never use a camera on their watch, but just "watch" this space, once Apple adds it, people will start using it. How history repeats itself :)
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