It’s been announced that Apple filed a patent for what seems to be a touch screen wrist watch that is flexible to enough to bend. The patent was filed in August 2011. The suspected iWatch could also be around 9 inches in size.
So just what are Apple up to? Patents aren’t really anything to scream about. Steve Jobs actually was well known (or not so well known) for having alleged weekly meetings with his in-house attorneys called ‘Patent meetings’ where tech, Jobs himself and the attorneys would throw out random ideas and ask ‘Is that a patent?’ If it was, an application would be filed.
So is this just another finger in another pie? Whilst Apple have mastered touch screen devices, it’s still behind on desktop or laptop touch screens, and if it’s to keep up with other manufacturers, that will probably be on the cards next. It’s unlikely they’ll release any kind of smartphone watch in 2013.
So why are they constantly filing patents? In the eyes of Google – Apple is a clear winner. Over 11 million people search for Apple products every month, versus 4 million who search for Microsoft. The iPhone however comes in at a close shave with ‘iPhone’ being searched 3.3 million times a month versus ‘Samsung Galaxy’ raking 2.7million in global search. So, whilst Apple definitely seems to be the most popular choice, of the 1.6 billion smartphones shipped in 2012 – Samsung was responsible for 396.5 million of them. Apple? 135.8 million. (that was still a 46% year on year growth for Apple!!) Samsung’s stock price also continues to climb despite a slight drop last year when Apple famously sued them for copyright infringement.
Thus, whilst the iPhone might be the world’s most popular phone, they can never afford to slow down the pace. Since news hit this morning of their patent for a suspected iWatch, their stock price has grown three points!
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