Future Apple Watch bands may incorporate touch sensors

Future Apple Watch bands may incorporate touch sensors as evidenced by a newly granted Apple patent (number 11,003,289) for a “flexible touch sensor panel.”

The idea is to incorporate such panels into an Apple Watch strap. This would provide an additional touch sensitive surface for a user to activate functions on the wearable device without covering a touch screen of the wearable device.

For example, a band could conceivably have built-in user ID, so you won’t have to enter a passcode to unlock the smart watch. The band could visually display indications or messages to an Apple Watch wearer. Such info could include battery life data, a text message alert, temperature, additional health monitoring features, and more.

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.