A new patent application from Apple may provide our best insight yet into the so-called iWatch and its design.
Filed with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's vision clearly suggests the abandonment of the traditional watch style.
“A wearable accessory device is disclosed,” reads the filing's abstract summary. “The wearable accessory device includes a flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring. Coupling the display to the bi-stable spring allows the accessory device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations.”
Resembling a bracelet more than a watch, the filing appears to reveal information about the iWatch's primary components. For example, the bracelet has two distinct parts - a touch sensitive flexible display and a solar power collector.
A battery can be incorporated within the body of the accessory, and the operating time of a built in battery can be augmented by the addition of an auxiliary power supply such as a solar panel array to the accessory.