At the Apple iPhone SE launch event, the Cupertino giant announced a price cut for the Apple Watch along with introducing new nylon band options and spring colors. Though it looks like Apple is unlikely to unveil an Apple Watch 2 anytime sooner, new patent filed by the company reveals new features that could make it way to the wearable devices, including the first gen Apple Watch. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than AndroidAlso Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
In February 2015, Apple filed the patent application called Modular functional band links for wearable devices. Spotted by AppleInsider, the patent reveals modular smart bands for the Apple Watches. The schematics reveal new strap designs that can connect to the Apple Watch with the diagnostics port. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
Basically the bands will allow Apple to introduce new hardware when it wants to add certain features to the smartwatch. Some features listed on the patent application include a blood pressure monitor, a thermometer, speakers, a camera, SIM card module, GPS module or even additional battery power. The listing also reveals a module that can measure the sweat generated by the wearer.
These smart modular bands would be available to purchase separately. The only thing users need to do is snap them onto the device’s diagnostic port and start using them right away. With Apple Watch 2 expected to launch later this year, Apple might introduce the smart modular bands along with it.