By all accounts the Apple Watch is a formidable little bit of package, however Apple continues to search for methods to make it higher – together with, maybe, including Contact ID to the show in future variations of the wearable.
That is primarily based on a brand new patent noticed by Patently Apple this week. In it, Apple means that “a contact sensing gadget, power sensing gadget, temperature sensing gadget, and/or a fingerprint sensor” might be put behind the display.
Whereas the Apple Watch can already be used to make Apple Pay purchases, unlock Macs and extra, Contact ID would add an additional degree of safety to show you actually are who you say you’re whilst you’re carrying your Apple Watch.
And though Contact ID has disappeared from the newest iPhones, it is nonetheless very a lot current on the most cost effective iPads and Apple’s MacBook Professional laptops. There’s even discuss of the fingerprint-reading tech making a return to the iPhone line sooner or later.
The primary focus of the brand new patent is definitely the thought of transferring the watch’s wi-fi antennas to the strap, leaving extra room for different parts (and maybe a much bigger battery) below the display.
Embedding Wi-Fi, mobile and Bluetooth antennas into the Apple Watch strap could be a troublesome problem, contemplating how a lot bending and different put on and tear that these straps are put by means of.
It might additionally imply your selections could be restricted when it got here to changing the default watch band with one other. Nonetheless, Apple clearly thinks the idea is viable sufficient for it to file a patent about it.
As with each tech patent, that is no assure that these options will ever be launched into an Apple Watch – however it does give us an concept of the kind of improvements Apple is considering for the long run.