An actual device may still be months away (or longer), but as far as developers are concerned, it's already "iTime."
Recent news that Apple had secured a wide-ranging patent for various features that may be included in a smart watch spurred a slew of comments on social media by app makers. The firm's intellectual property for a possible 'iWatch" included a design that would build circuitry into the strap and gesture controls based on a user's arm movements, among other things.
Even with no firmly announced product roadmap for an iWatch, developers sounded excited about the possibilities.
Nice patents! 'iTime' might be the official iWatch: http://t.co/MinlJta54J— Cliff Huizenga (@Cliffpro) July 22, 2014
Given that others in the smartphone space have already created wearable computers that can be strapped to the wrist, there were also a few developers who thought Apple was taking a little long to get into the game.
Even if the iWatch turns out to be a late arrival on the smart watch scene, some developers pointed out that Apple's design could have some unique advantages.
Apple gets a comprehensive iWatch patent. Sounds like its the first model to put sensors in the band - http://t.co/yZ3Jgi6VY0— John Swords (@swords) July 23, 2014
And though it will probably be a long time before Apple informs them of whether a smart watch will be a hardware platform they can build upon, this was one case where a patent proved to be a powerful piece of developer relations: