The following is an excerpt from Gordon Gottsegen | February 2, 2017 | cnet.com |
An Apple patent application dated today illustrates a battery on the strap of a wearable device, presumably the Apple Watch. The proposed patent also shows that watch's circular face, which is a different shape than the Apple Watch's usual rectangular display.
Battery life has been a struggle for the Apple Watch, which is a top contender in the wearables market and broke the product's sales records during the 2016 holiday shopping season. Apple says the watch has an 18-hour battery life, but that still means you'll have to charge it every night if you don't want a dead watch the next day. Extending battery life could help the watch compete against rivals with more stamina.
It isn't clear if including the battery in the band would add significant bulk to the watch's strap. It also isn't clear how many batteries the watch would have and if the battery would be embedded into the band itself.
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