Apple appears to be forging ahead with plans for its new iWatch and possibly other products, winning a patent for a curved touch sensor and screen on Tuesday. The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) awarded the unique patent, which allows Apple to use the new technology in its products, including displays, touch mice and even iOS devices.
The patent lists the assignee as Apple (which is not surprising) and notes that it was filed in November of 2010. That would mean the company has likely been working on the technology for quite some time, and has developed prototypes, especially if iWatch rumors from over the past several months are true.
It appears from the patent that Apple is developing the screen technology to be able to sport the curved design without sacrificing any of the screen’s strength. Apple has also been rumored to be working on iPhones with curved displays, which is likely why the company is starting to experiment with different types of screen technology.
At this point, it remains unclear exactly what Apple will use the new technology for, though the company has filed a number of patents in the past that it has yet to utilize. Often times, Apple will be awarded with a patent for a new technology but will never use it in its products. It will be interesting to see what the company does with this new technology if it is, in fact, used at all.