Just recently, Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 9 Product (RED) edition to celebrate World AIDS Day. The wearable device comes with a Product (RED) themed aluminum case and sports band. However, a new leaked patent hints at Apple’s relentless pursuit of innovation, suggesting the tech giant is gearing up for a new addition to its smartwatch lineup.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a patent that describes a wearable device’s modular light assembly. An external flashlight module fastened to a smartwatch’s band is depicted in the patent sketch. This indicates that the torch will be shown on the band rather than the actual Apple Watch.
While dedicated spotlights are not uncommon for smartphones, they are not typical for smartwatches. Even owners of Apple Watches are forced to depend on using the device’s display as a temporary torch when needed. However, since Apple was awarded a patent for the use of an external torch, things might change in the future.
Replacing Display Brightness with Flashlight on Your Wrist
The patent outlines a modular light assembly tailored for a wearable device. Surprisingly, the patent sketch shows an external torch module that has been cleverly included inside the smartwatch band. Instead of detracting from the Apple Watch’s elegant appearance, this clever positioning guarantees that the torch stays hidden, tucked down on the strap.
Known as a wearable device attachment, the external flashlight seeks to replace the need for display brightness when using a torch. This action tackles power efficiency issues in addition to promising better illumination. Apple hopes to address battery depletion problems that arise from smartwatches acting as flashlights by including a separate power source.
The patent describes easy-to-use controls for the external flashlight, which an on-screen interface or a dedicated button may access. Liquid-resistant components like O-rings or seals are suggested to increase durability; this is important to take into account for Apple Watch wearers who use their devices for aquatic activities like swimming.
In addition to increased brightness and efficiency, the external flashlight has better aiming capabilities. Given the Apple Watch’s placement on the wrist, current wearers may find it quite difficult to aim the on-screen torch. The cleverly affixed external torch to the strap attempts to improve the usability of this procedure.
Although Apple has obtained the patent, it is still unclear when an external torch would be released. It’s unclear if this groundbreaking function will only be available on the Apple Watch Ultra or if it will be available on other versions as well. Apple fans are anxiously awaiting word from the authorities as well as an idea of the fascinating possibilities that could arise from this leaked patent.