After filing for a trademark for "iWatch" in several countries, including Japan, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey, Apple may have a bit more trouble filing for the same trademark in other countries such as the US, UK, and China, mostly because "iWatch" has already been trademarked in these countries.
This week the former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve has been suggested - then confirmed - to be working with Apple in the near future. This news comes with an assignment of "special projects" and a position reporting directly to Tim Cook, all of this dismissing the initial rumor that Deneve would be working as Senior Vice President of Retail for Apple.
Apple has hired former Yves St Laurent Group CEO Paul Deneve as vice president of "special projects", though no indication of what those project might entail has been given. The fashion industry stalwart - who before YSL was chief exec at Lanvin and Nina Ricci - is in fact making his return to Apple, having worked for the company in Europe in the 1990s, Bloomberg reports. Unsurprisingly, the fashion house hire has prompted speculation that Deneve's expertise in luxury goods will help shape future Apple wearables, like the much-rumored iWatch.
Apple is exploring active phone and tablet bezels that would be able to dynamically change between giving a place to grip and extending the interface, maximizing the potential display space for small-screen devices that possibly includes the iWatch. The research, detailed in a new Apple patent for "Electronic device, display and touch-sensitive user interface", centers around a layered stack of displays and touch sensors around one or more edges of a device, which could selectively be activated for input use, or deactivated - and optically-blanked, obscuring any controls underneath - when not needed.
Apple continues to quietly hunt down trademarks for iWatch in multiple markets, with the Japanese filing spotted this weekend followed by similar applications in Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, and Turkey. Although the "iWatch" name for a much-rumored Apple smartwatch had only been speculation, Apple filed to claim it in Japan on June 3, the same day as in these three new countries. Some predictions see Apple launching the digital timepiece as early as this year.
Apple has filed a trademark application for "iWatch" in Japan, fueling speculation that the company is preparing to launch a smartwatch companion device for the iPhone and iPad. The filing, made on June 3 Bloomberg reports, refers to potential uses of the name as being for a watch device or a "handheld computer".
Intel is working on a smartwatch, the company's chief technology officer has confirmed, though there's no hint whether long-standing rumors of an Apple collaboration are true. The high-tech timepiece is one of a range of "experimental devices in the lab" CTO Justin Rattner explained this week, VentureBeat reports, describing it as part of the chip firm's exploration of "novel display devices."
Now that Tim Cook has effectively paved the way - without saying so - for Apple to create wearable devices in the near or distant future, the appearance of a so-called "curved battery" in the US Patent office isn't all that much of a surprise. While it's not a guarantee of any bit or piece of technology using this battery any time soon - Apple often patents technology without using it, ever - it does open some rather interesting miniature doors of possibility.
A recent survey done by ChangeWave Research shows that 19% of consumers would most likely purchase Apple's iWatch when it launches. 5% of consumers are "very likely" to buy the iWatch when it launches, while 14% are "somewhat likely" to purchase it. The survey was conducted from March 4th through March 19th, with over 1,713 North American consumers participating in it.
A new concept has been released for Apple's pending iWatch accessory, and we've got to say, it looks pretty acceptable. The concept was created by MacUser Magazine, and it shows a mini iPad mini plastered onto a leather band. The design is supposed to emphasize a conventional iWatch that's also stylish. While I do like the look of the iPad mini-esque display, I would much prefer a black band to a brown band.