Apple is reportedly working on a new design for its Apple Watch that could help make the device much slimmer. The company is likely to achieve this by moving Apple Watch s haptic feedback mechanism from the chassis of the device to its wrist strap. Apple has even filed for a patent application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for a technology which it terms as Band attachment mechanism with haptic response. Also Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days sale begins for Plus members: Check out top deals on smartphonesAlso Read - iPhone 11 selling with more than Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited period
As spotted by AppleInsider, the patent reveals a smartwatch with haptic feedback mechanism incorporated to the casing located adjacent to the bottom or one side of the wrist. According to the patent, the smarter casing will help deliver a similar or superior experience in comparison with the existing Taptic Engine in the Apple Watch. It will come with electromagnetic technology and piezoelectric technology along with electroreactive polymers, which is supposed to help the device move along with the main watch chassis. It also has elements that will allow upward and downward motions. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
While haptic components can produce a range of sensations like pressure or vibratory stimulation, these components can also be used as group of two or more for a better experience. Right now it s not clear how haptic band will attach to the host device but it could be connected through hardwired connection. It is worth pointing out here that the Apple Watch comes with a diagnostics port that can be used for transferring data and power to the smartwatch.
In the patent, Apple has also taken care of a possible common problem that users might face due to a new design, which is missing haptic alerts while they are in motion. The company has reportedly added a “prominent haptic” setting which enables an extra tap for alerting users.
Right now it is not clear whether this technology will be making its way to next generation Apple Watch. But the patent was filed in June 2016, and considering that the Apple Watch debuted in 2014 along with a minor refresh earlier this year, there could be high chances it could come in the next versions of the Apple Watch.