We have known for quite some time now that Apple is working on a smartwatch christened by the tech journalists as the iWatch. Now, in what could be interpreted as a sign that this device is close to an unveiling, the Cupertino-based company has applied for a trademark in Japan on the name iWatch , Bloomberg reports. Also Read - Samsung granted 187 patents including a portable speaker and a possible smartwatchAlso Read - Apple Watch is already dominating the smartwatch space with a 75 percent global market share
According to the application filed with the Japan Patent Office, Apple describes this new device as a handheld computer or watch device. The device will run on Apple s iOS mobile operating system, and according to the source, a team of more than 100 employees are currently working on the device. Also Read - Apple Watch 2 leak hints at a bigger battery and built-in camera
Though Apple has been secretive about this device, Tim Cook did give a slight hint at the D11 conference back in May, when he said that wearables could be a profoundly interesting area of technology and he likes what Nike did with the Fuel Band and finds the wrist interesting . He also added that the whole sensor thing would explode, but at the moment it is all over the place and will become clearer with time.
Apple s iWatch will come at a time when big OEMs are coming up with their own versions of such a device. Google, Foxconn, Microsoft and Sony are developing or have unveiled their own smartwatches in recent times and Apple s biggest rival Samsung too is said to be developing a smartwatch of its own, though details of its device are scarce.
However, we should remind you that filing for a trademark does not necessarily mean Apple would launch a product named iWatch. It is also a maneuver many companies undertake to block rivals from using product names that could be damaging for them.