In a new patent application, Apple has claimed the flat-edged Apple Watch design that was previously believed to be for the Apple Watch Series 7. This documentation shows that at some point Apple was really considering using a sharp design for the Apple Watch.
Before the Apple Watch Series 7 went on sale, there was speculation that the wearable device would have a design similar to the iPhone 13, characterized by flat edges and square frames. However, this rumor turned out to be incorrect since the Apple Watch Series 7 has a case that is largely unchanged compared to the Apple Watch Series 6. However, the new patent says that the case of the future Apple Watch “may have a generally rectangular shape when viewed with the front. ”
Apple originally applied for this patent for a “portable electronic device with a glass shell” in May 2020, and about 22 of the 28 drawings included correspond to parts of previous claims. The remaining drawings could refer to the current generation of Apple Watch designs or a chassis with flat edges.
It should be noted that patent drawings are usually illustrative and do not reveal much about the finished product. This patent focuses on an Apple Watch chassis called a “shell.” Apple also claims that the side walls of the shell “may be curved, rounded, semicircular, or any other suitable shape.” Dealing with the bevelled edges in the illustration, the patent states “the transition between the side and top or front walls of the shell … perhaps sharp (e.g. defining a special tip or edge), curved, beveled, rounded or the like. ”
Interestingly, Apple’s 18,000-word document mentions “apartment” only three times. However, this discovery adds weight to the rumors that the variation of the Apple Watch could look like an aluminum matchbox. However, a patent application is not a guarantee that the product will see the light of day.
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