The Apple Watch 2 only just launched – is this a peek at the Apple Watch 3?

The hotly-anticipated Apple Watch Series 2 arrived yesterday, but judging by this recently-revealed patent filing, plans for the third edition are already underway.

The patent filing outlines an Apple Watch band that could be tightened or loosened electronically depending on the activity. For example, users may want it tighter when out running, but much looser when sitting at the office.

The ”Dynamic Fit Adjustment for Wearable Electronic Devices,” would allow wearers to increase or decrease the tension through a slider on the watch face.

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Apple also outlined how this could be done. It details a bladder within the band that could increase or decrease a level of liquid or gas to loosen or tighten the strap.

There’s also the prospect of a cable system that would constrict, hence tightening the strap.

There’s even talk of an automatic setting that would allow users to set an “ideal fit” for the Apple Watch allowing the band to remain at a consistent level.

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The world’s most advanced watch strap could also act as an extension of two-way security to log into accounts and websites.  

“A tactile pattern may be a series of five squeezes of the user’s wrist (e.g., tighten and loosen in sequence),” could allow access, the company outlines (via Business Insider).

It all sounds pretty exciting for the Apple Watch 3. Perhaps if the company could have got this ready for prime time yesterday, Series 2 could have avoided such a lukewarm reception?

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