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Apple Watch bands could offer concealed batteries, enhanced fitness tracking

Added 12-01-20 09:11:07am EST - “Apple is continuing to explore ways to improve the Apple Watch via bands, including adding an extra battery to the strap, as well as a fabric band capable of handling various fitness tracking capabilities.” - Appleinsider.com

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Apple is continuing to explore ways to improve the Apple Watch via bands, including adding an extra battery to the strap, as well as a fabric band capable of handling various fitness tracking capabilities.

The Apple Watch is already a very capable wearable device, with it housing a collection of accelerometers and other sensors to enable it to monitor the health of the user, among other tasks. Packing all of these features into a confined space is a design challenge, as at some point it will be extremely difficult to add more components without increasing the size of the casing somehow.

Apple believes it can get around that limitation, by placing some of the components outside of the main Apple Watch unit itself and taking advantage of the free space offered by watch bands and straps. These elements are not currently electrically connected to the Apple Watch, and for the moment serve only to affix the device to the user's wrist, but Apple envisions giving them extra capabilities.

According to a pair of patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple's intentions cover expanding the battery life of the Apple Watch, as well as adding more sensors.

The first of the two patents, simply titled "Battery watch band," is pretty straightforward in terms of what it offers. In effect, it's a watch band that can house multiple batteries, which is connected to the Apple Watch in some way.

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