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Apple patent involves a parent keeping track of a child via an iPhone/Apple Watch combination

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200359204) for a “standalone wearable device configuration and interface” that involves a way for a parent to use his/her iPhone to keep track of — and share info with — a child wearing an Apple Watch (or at least an Apple Watch-like device.)

It involves a satellite device (the smartwatch) that can be associated with a user account of a minor (e.g., child or adolescent) user who doesn’t have a smartphone that can be used as a companion device to the satellite device. The Apple Watch can be configured to be used as a primary device, without reliance upon a paired smartphone. 

Certain info can be synchronized with the satellite device via the association with the family account. During initial configuration, a set of cryptographic keys can be generated to associate the account of the satellite device with the set of accounts in the family. The smartwatch can then access calendars, media, or other data that is shared with user accounts within a family of user accounts.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.