If you needed an evidence that Silicon Valley giant is actively doing an R&D on a wearable device possibly a smartwatch, give it up for a Japan Patent Office filing from early June for an iWatch trademark. As noticed by Bloomberg, the filing specifically states a “watch device” and a “handheld computer”. While this by no means such a product will comes into existence sooner, it certainly sparks up speculation that an Apple-made smart watch is in the works…
The report claims that:
The maker of iPhones is seeking protection for the name which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week.
Yahoo Japan has this image of the ‘iWatch’ trademark.
Also remember that Bloomberg reported back in February that Apple has a team of at least a hundred top notch engineers hooked with the iWatch project.
The organization also said in April that Apple was facing engineering hurdles in terms of battery life due to the decision to power the smartwatch by a version of iOS. The device is said to include biometric sensors and double as a life monitoring accessory akin to the Nike Fuelband and similar types of gadgets.
It was discovered last month that Apple also applied for an ‘iWatch’ trademark in Japan.
The firm generally registers for ownership of product names before their official announcement so this could be a solid proof that the rumored wearable device project is more than an afterthought.
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