The latest Apple Inc. patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hint of new features and design for the future Apple Watch series. Apple lately unveiled their Apple Watch series 2 alongside the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus at their September 7 event. Though the new watches are waterproof and bring several new features, the expectations of many were dashed.
Link Bracelet Patent
With the new patents, Apple is hinting that the next in line Apple Watch series will be targeting the high-end business users. The all new Link Bracelet Design Patent D766,752 (pictured below) hints that Apple will be manufacturing watches to go along with people in casual formal or corporate attire.
The link bracelet of course won?t be reliable for sports and fitness activities. The past Apple Watch series 1 and 2 are more of a sports and fitness watch designed specifically for training purposes. So the future of Apple Watch might be next moving up into the high-end fashion couture.
Sports Band Design
Apple also unveiled a Patent D766,893 sports band for Apple Watch. The band design is similar to that of the previous sports watches. The patent basically hints of a rubber band for Apple Watch.
However, the patents don?t likely indicate the changes that Apple will make in the new Watch series. Despite past rumors indicating of Apple Watch becoming ?tetherless? and several patents published suggesting as much, the series 2 didn?t see much changes either.
Apple Watch Series 2
Apple?s latest Series 2 watch have made improvements for the first gen Apple Watch. The Series 2 has an OLED Retina touch display, just like the original. It is but twice as bright at 1,000 nits compared with the original’s 450. It allows the watch to be easily viewed in the sunlight.
The 38mm and 42mm models have a resolution of 272×340 and 312×390 pixels, respectively, just like the original. It means that over 300 pixels per inch (ppi) cover the 42mm model.
The highlight feature is that the Apple Watch is now waterproof. You can take the Series 2 down to 164 feet underwater. This means the watch can be used to track swimming stats including calories burned, distance traveled, pace and strokes. Apple cautioned against using it for scuba diving and waterskiing.
Another impressive new mechanism in the watch’s speaker ejects any water that finds its way inside. Other features include the Force Touch from the previous model. This means that pushing hard on the display activates different functions on the app or screen that?s open.