The future of style: Apple Watch to accessorize itself

Onur Demirkol
Mar 22, 2023
Updated • Mar 22, 2023

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted Apple a new patent that helps the watch identify information from a band that is connected to its body.

According to a report from Patently Apple, the company has been granted a new game-changing patent. In the upcoming series of Apple Watches or bands, we might get a new feature that could help the watch accessorize itself. Looking at Apple's latest patent filing, it looks quite possible.

Apple is working on different new and innovative ideas in almost every aspect, as the new patent filing proves. The company is thinking of implementing NFC chips inside the Apple Watch bands that offers interesting features. For example, the watch could understand what color your band is and change the color palette on your display accordingly. Another idea is that when you connect a fitness band, the display could change to a fitness or sports theme to offer a better user experience.

The company hasn't launched every patent it was granted in the past. There are many other cool patents that it holds, but they never reached the customers. This might also be one of those "forgotten," but on the other hand, it sounds like an appealing feature. Currently, bands don't even carry a single technological feature, but this could change in the upcoming years.



On another note, this new technology could also be used as an identification method for authorized or unauthorized bands. This might not be the best for every customer, as what if it restricts access to certain apps or features because it can identify that you are using a cheap, third-party band? Just like how your iPhone detects fake AirPods. However, Apple lets users use the fake AirPods despite showing an error that has a small button that says "Don't connect."

Apple Watch is only one of the products that Apple keeps bringing more features. It is also expected to play a big role in the health industry in the upcoming years.

Apart from these features, the NFC chips could also include different sensors like environmental, gesture, or biometric sensors. The latest patent filing includes different images. You can take a look at the patent filing here.


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