Despite the numerous reported leaks and claims from anonymous sources that the company has literally hundreds of employees working on some sort of wrist computing device, Apple has remained mum on the subject. But a recently revealed patent filing indicates that all the rumor and speculation may in fact be rooted in truth.
According a patent filing just uncovered by AppleInsider, Apple has conceived of a wrist-worn computing device that would wirelessly connect with another portable device, presumably the iPhone. Here's what it's pictured to look like in the patent (a design that could dramatically change):
Much like the recent rumors, the device would feature a curved display that would form an uninterrupted information terminal when wrapped around the user's wrist. The filing also indicates that the device would also have an accelerometer inside. The primary construction of the concept is based on what is known as a slap bracelet, a flexible metal bracelet that can be flattened out.
One passage from the patent filing lays out the core use case for the invention, stating, "With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display."
If the tantalizingly simple yet technically powerful description in this patent filing is indeed close to an upcoming Apple wearable computing device, it's safe to say that the "iWatch" could become the company's most popular product since the iPhone.
You can read the full details of the patent filing here, and if you're unfamiliar with the dynamics of how a slap bracelet works, you can check out an example of an LED slap bracelet in the video below.