Is this the smoking gun that offers definitive proof of Apple's forthcoming iWatch product?
That's what some are wondering today as word emerges from Asia that Apple is pursuing ownership of the iWatch trademark in Japan. According to Bloomberg's report Monday morning, Apple has been seeking ownership of said trademark for close to a month now.
The iPhone maker is seeking protection for the name, which is listed in a category for products such as a handheld computer or watch, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week. Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
It is believed but not confirmed that longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will be in charge of the product's early production run. Sources in the Asian supply chain have similarly reported that Foxconn is involved but those claims could merely be speculative considering that Foxconn largely remains Apple's go-to manufacturing partner for almost every new mobile product launch or refresh.
In recent months, we've heard chatter that Apple has assigned dozens of its best and brightest engineers to build the ultimate smartwatch.
“We can expect a full TV at Apple in the future, maybe a watch, and who knows what other future devices,” Tavis McCourt, an analyst at Raymond James & Associates Inc., wrote in a research report today, according to Bloomberg. “New connected devices, whether they are TVs, cars or other devices are likely to be first adopted by high income consumers, over whom Apple dominates globally.”