What you need to know
- Apple has published a new patent for its Apple Watch.
- It reveals how users might one day have the option to replace modules on their watch to provide more flexibility and functionality.
- It could include modules for extended battery life, or for different health tracking capabilities.
A newly published Apple patent has revealed how Apple could one day offer users the option to swap and replace modules on their Apple Watch to change its functionality.
The patent is titled 'MODULAR SYSTEM FOR WATCH' and its abstract states:
The description states:
The replaceable modules could include different functional components such as sensors, bio-sensors, batteries, I/O components, communication interfaces, and controllers. They would also differ in material and structure to provide different sizes, flexibility, and aesthetics such as color, material, and shape.
This could mean that in the future, your Apple Watch might come with the added functionality of replaceable modules, for instance, you could add a battery module to improve your Watch's battery life, or a different type of health sensor to improve your workout tracking. It could also include aesthetic modules for social events. As a whole, it could bring a whole new level of customizability and functionality to Apple Watch, where currently the only real options lie in customizing your watch face and band.
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