A new patent filed by Apple today hints that the company is planning huge for the future versions of Apple Watch. The patent filed today highlights that the company is testing wrap-around flexible display, digitally-customizable watch bands, and even round display for next-generation Apple Watch.
Apple, today, filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office titled “Display Module and System Applications.” In the patent, Apple discusses the possibility of an Apple Watch with a display that goes along the entire length of the watch face and the band of the smartwatch, and the technology that goes behind it.
Apple also highlights that the design could facilitate a “minimized” bezel, or even eliminate the bezel completely.
“A bezel width surrounding the display panel can be minimized, for example below 4-5 mm or even less than 1 mm, less than 0.5 mm, or eliminated. Thus, the bezel design of the smartwatch can be designed for aesthetic concerns rather than as a requirement for allocating space for a contact ledge.”
Using the wrap-around display would enable Apple to create customizable digital watch bands. Just like Apple Watch users are able to customize the watch face, having a display that spans the whole length of the wrist would make way for digital watch bands. The band could also be used for other purposes too, like showing notifications, or some persistent data like the weather.