Another Apple Watch patent with a camera has been discovered, but this recently authorized patent discloses an unexpected feature for this possible wristwatch. In this particular Apple Watch idea, the camera is located on the back of the gadget rather than the front.
An Apple Watch with a rear-facing camera might not seem like a good idea at first unless the wearer wants to take a lot of unintentional photos of their wrist. However, a recently granted patent, which Patently Apple found, shows that Cupertino has been thinking outside the box with this notion, and it actually might make for an appealing sale in practice. The secret is that the Apple Watch with the camera can be swiftly removed from its band.
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The concept is that the Apple Watch includes a band with a unique “nest section” built right in. This enables the watch gadget to be removed from the band, at which point the display transforms into an electronic viewfinder. When a smartphone may not be readily available or practicable, the user can hold the Apple Watch in either hand while using the camera to take brief pictures. It would be easy to connect and detach the watch housing using a simple magnet or clasp.
Naturally, because this is only a patent, a detachable Apple Watch with a camera might never materialize. A curious fact about the US patent is that Antonio F. Herrera, a product design engineer for Apple Watch, is listed as the inventor. It appears likely that an Apple Watch with a camera may someday become a reality, but this detachable part with a rear-facing lens is an intriguing idea for how this feature might really be put into practice.