Apple Patents Modular Band Links to Expand Apple Watch Functionality

The Apple Watch is a key device for Apple, so support, and expanding functionality to make the wearable more worthwhile is a priority.

One way to do that is with the bands that keep the Watch strapped to an owner’s wrist. As reported by AppleInsider, the company is indeed at least playing around with the idea of what modular bands could look like in future releases of the smartwatch. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published details recently outlining “Modular functional band links for wearable devices,” which first saw the light of day in March of last year.

The patent showcases a design that would see individual modular links, which contain electronic components, bridged together thanks to flexible conductive material. Each of the modular pieces could be used for different results, including speakers, more health-related sensors, devices to provide haptic feedback, batteries, and more.

The patent also shows that these bands would connect to the Watch proper by a six-pin diagnostic port.

Unfortunately, as is par for the course with these types of patent reveals, there’s no word on when, or even if, Apple plans to launch something like this. Using the bands to expand functionality of the Apple Watch seems like an obvious move, but who knows when we might see something like this actually happen.

[via AppleInsider; USPTO]

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