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Batteries may very well be used as haptic motors in a future Apple Watch

Apple continues to work to improve every single one of its products. The company is committed to delivering a great experience, great features, and fantastic products to its users, with special considerations to help the environment. Some of these new ideas are good enough to become patents, and that’s exactly what we’re talking about right now. It seems that Cupertino is already looking for new ways to make future Apple Watch models thinner, and this patent explains how they could achieve it if they gave their batteries a different function.

A new patent explains how Apple plans to make its future Apple Watch models thinner. The first step would be to remove the haptic feedback engine found in several Apple Watch models. However, this feature is critical to having a satisfying user experience and removing it may not be such a smart move. Therefore, Apple could try to use the battery in its smartwatches as a new haptic engine, as it describes a new “moving battery component” that provides haptic feedback.

An electronic device includes a housing with a transparent cover that defines a touch-sensitive surface, a display positioned within the housing and under the transparent cover, and a haptic device that is configured to move along the touch-sensitive surface haptic output generated. The haptic device may include a battery element electrically coupled to the display, a magnetic element, and a coil assembly secured with respect to the housing and configured to induce oscillatory motion of the battery element parallel to the display to produce the haptic output . In other examples, the coil assembly can be coupled to the battery element and the first and second magnetic elements can be fixed with respect to the housing. “

Removing the haptic engine from a future Apple Watch would also allow Apple to give its users larger batteries, which will help extend battery life. In any case, we have to wait and see if this patent ever becomes a real work tool, as not every patent becomes an end product.

Source US Patent and Trademark Office

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Samuel Martinez

A former bilingual teacher who left the classrooms to join the Pocketnow team as news editors and content creators for the Spanish audience. An artist by nature who enjoys video games, guitars, action figures, cooking, painting, drawing, and good music.

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