Apple patent from 2011 reveals ‘iTime’ smartwatch design with detachable center module

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An Apple patent filed in January 2011 for a “wrist-worn electronic device” has been published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Referred to as iTime, the patent’s accompanying diagrams reveal a smartwatch with a square face and wide straps that could be fitted with components such as GPS modules, accelerometers, antennas, GPS receivers and haptic enablers. Similar to Android Wear, the main unit would connect to a secondary “mobile electronic device,” which almost certainly means your smartphone, and would also be operational without the electronic wristband. If you’ve ever fitted a conventional watchstrap to a square iPod...

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