large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Apple Watch 2 could come with second display in the strap

The best feature of the Apple Watch 2 could very well be a strap with a built-in second display according to a recent patent application.

Apple has submitted a design to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which indicates that the watch strap will be made of light-transmissive fibres weaved into the fabric.

LEDs built directly into the watch’s release slot would then light the fibres.


This would allow the strap to act as an additional display, notifying the wearer when they receive messages, or even displaying the time.

What’s more, the patent, entitled “Woven Display”, shows another version of the strap being used with a tablet/phone, and from the looks of the diagram itself, it could plug directly into the device.

Related: Apple Watch 2 news

The design, filed on May 30, 2014, is credited to product design manager Tedor Dabov and former product design manager Douglas Weber.

Apple has previously patented a number of designs which have never come to fruition so the new strap is far from a sure thing.

AppleWatchStrap1Image: USPTO/Apple

Thus far there has been no official word on when the Apple Watch 2 will launch, but a mid-2016 announcement seems likely.

If the strap design does make it to production, it could help Apple’s smartwatch stand out in the increasingly competitive wearables market.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.