The only concrete wearable news from the WWDC event was the unveiling of watchOS 3 – the updated smartwatch platform that will hit devices in the fall.
However, that hasn’t stopped the Apple Watch 2 rumour mill from spinning, with fuel being added to the fire by way of some interesting new patents that have turned up.
In particular, a patent that details the potential use of camera(s) in future Apple Watch models. “The camera can be disposed on the front surface of Apple Watch face to capture images of the user,” reads the patent uncovered by Patently Apple.
“A compact digital camera that includes an image sensor such as a CMOS sensor and optical components (e.g. lenses) arranged to focus an image onto the image sensor, along with control logic operable to use the imaging components to capture and store still and/or video images.”
We’ve seen cameras on smartwatches before, of course – Samsung has included them on its Gear range – but the original Apple Watch lacked the lenses required to take snaps or do FaceTime video calling.