Apple goes 007: patent approved for Apple Watch with built-in camera

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Current Apple Watch models don't have built-in cameras - but that may be set to change (Image credit: Apple)

An Apple watch with a built-in camera originally designed for James Bond could hit the mass market. The US Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted the manufacturer a patent for the design of an Apple Watch with a detachable camera segment, so that users can shoot hands-free. 

Although there are ways you can add a camera to your Apple Watch using Wristcam, Apple is yet to release an Watch with a camera built-in. If the design goes ahead as planned, though, we could see Apple Watches with a detachable nest section that allows for quick and convenient release of the watch and components without having to undo the strap. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.