The patent filing indicates that Apple wanted to place a camera inside the Apple Watch’s digital crown located on the right edge of the wearable. This was among several suggested solutions that were put forward to fit the viewfinder into the smartwatch. The Cupertino-based company already offers a slew of health and fitness-related features including heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, and other wearable features. In fact, the Apple Watch holds the maximum share in the wearables category globally, according to a report by Counterpoint Research.
According to a patent granted to Apple by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and first reported by iMore, Apple has come up with the idea of placing a camera lens inside the body of the Digital Crown button to allow images to be taken through an aperture that extends across the contact dial up. According to the patent, the viewfinder can be integrated into the aperture and/or behind the aperture of the dial so you can focus on the object.
This setting indicates that a subject can be able to take pictures by extending their arm with the Digital Crown facing the target. It should be noted that with this setting, users can wear the watch on the right hand only in order to keep the lens in the Digital Crown in the opposite direction to their body. Moreover, there is no guarantee that Apple will make an Apple Watch with a camera installed in it, as it is common for some patents to never become actual products.
Furthermore, this type of technology has to take into account various factors, such as privacy and use cases, and may take some time to take shape – indicating that this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
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