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This patent makes the iWatch more official than ever before

This patent makes the iWatch more official than ever before
Apple: we're iWatching you

It's patent season, and Apple's been awarded a new one for a device that could be worn "as a wrist-watch device". Sounds like an iWatch to us.

The patent document also suggests it could be a pendant device, headphone device, earpiece device (hello, earputers) or other miniature device or media player, so there's no guarantee this is the oft-rumoured iWatch.

The reason for all the could-bes and maybes is that this is a concept design patent rather than a design patent - which means that the look of the device could change drastically before it hits the market (and that's if it even does).

That said...

But take a look at this technical drawing and tell us that doesn't look like a smartwatch-face:


Credit: Patently Apple

The patent document suggests that such a device could include a camera, as well as an antenna and light sensor, and that the housing - the body of the the thing - could be curved.

It's not clear if the device would come with a touchscreen or not, nor whether the display would be OLED, LCD or something else entirely. Connectivity could include cellular service, Wi-Fi and GPS, according to the patent documents.

This isn't the first iWatch-type patent we've seen from the Apple camp, but it's the surest sign that the company is working on some kind of wearable tech. Does that mean a WWDC 2014 reveal is on the cards? Here's hoping.

From Patently Apple