According to a Russian newspaper, Apple has filed a patent in the country for its Apple Watch device.
Russian newspaper, Izvestia, reported that Apple has filed a patent for the iWatch trademark in Russia for the wearable tech.
Rumours surrounding the Apple Watch have been rife on the internet for many months. The Cupertino company usually uses a foreign shell corporation to register for trademarks, so the Russian filing may have some truth to it.
“Tonight newspaper Izvestia has heard sensational news: the company Apple has filed with Rospatent an application for registration of the trademark iWatch. We think we do not even need to explain what this might mean.”
However, even if the filing is legitimate, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Apple Watch could be coming to market anytime soon. Companies like Apple tend to trademark several names for potential products that may not ever come to fruition.
Earlier this week, it came to light that Apple has filed a patent for a curved battery suitable for the Apple Watch or other such wearable technology.
Apple reportedly has a 100-strong team working on the Apple Watch and latest rumours suggest the device could be with us by the end of 2014 brimming with biometric technologies like a secure user identification system.
Originally thought to feature a wraparound display, the Apple Watch is now thought to feature a 1.5-inch touchscreen display.
Apple has yet to officially confirm that an iWatch is in production by the company, but CEO Tim Cook did address the iWatch rumours at the All Things Digital D11 conference last month.
“I think wearable technology is incredibly interesting. It could be a profound area,” said Cook. It’s an area that’s ripe for exploration, its ripe for us to get excited about. Lots of companies will play in this space.”
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