Apple is reportedly seeking to trademark the word ‘iWatch’ in Japan, further fuelling rumours of an iOS-based connected wristwatch.
According to Bloomberg, a filing with the Japan Patent Office on 3 June that was made public last week seeks trademark status for iWatch, which has been categorised as a handheld computer and watch device.
Apple has not yet commented on the matter, but rumours that the iPhone-maker is working on a wearable tech device have been circulating for months now. In February, sources claimed that 100 product designers had been assigned to work on a smartwatch that would interact with other iOS devices.
Smartphone rival Samsung has already confirmed it is developing a smartwatch, while Sony has just announced its second generation, the Android-based SmartWatch 2. Google is also rumoured to have a smartphone-connected wristwatch on the cards, and many – including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak – have cited connected wearable devices as the next big thing in tech.