Japan and Russia are not the only countries where Apple has applied for the “iWatch” trademark, according to 9to5Mac and MacRumors, Apple has applied for “iWatch” trademark in Taiwan and Mexico as well.
Interestingly, unlike the “iPad” trademark filing which was done discreetly under shell corporation names, Apple Inc is listed as the company behind the requests and the company’s Infinite Loop address in Cupertino, California is included on the applications.
It is important to note that filing a trademark for a term does not mean Apple will indeed launch the smartwatch, and even if it does, that it will be called the ‘iWatch.’ Before Apple launched the iPad, it was widely speculated that Apple will be calling their tablet – iSlate, as one of Apple’s shell company had trademarked the term ‘iSlate’.
It has been widely speculated that Apple will launch an iOS based iWatch later this year. According to reports, Apple has a team of over 100 product designers working on the iWatch. Apple is reportedly testing 1.5-inch OLED display for the iWatch and could include biosensors and mapping features.
In May, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said wearable tech was an area of ‘profound’ interest for the company during an interview at the D11 Conference.
Apple’s iWatch filing in Mexico
Apple’s iWatch filing in Taiwan