Apple WILL put a camera on your wrist… it's just not sure HOW

Apple Watch Patent with Camera
(Image credit: US Patent Office)

Last week Apple applied for yet another patent in the area of cameras and watches, suggesting the company is spending a lot of effort on putting a camera in – or near – the Apple Watch. A camera could bring selfies, FaceTime, and Face ID to the popular smartwatch.

The application (US2030/0091991 A1, since you ask) doesn't specifically mention the Apple Watch, but notes that a problem with integrating cameras into wearables like it is that "due to the large amount of space utilized by the display... cameras or other optical systems incorporated into a wearable electronic device may interfere with the user's range of motion." In other words, they're saying putting a camera in – well, let's just say it – the Apple Watch might spoil it.

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Adam Juniper
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