The patent from Apple, headed “Electronic Device Having Display With Curved Edges“, shows a circular watch face.
These drawings indicate tech elements that would drive a round screen.
It works similarly to a normal display, and the tech would be hidden in a bezel around the edge much like the current rectangular Apple Watch or, indeed, the iPhone.
This could well mean that the company still has plans to release a different style smartwatch. After all, most rival manufacturers have switched to round smartwatch designs in the last couple of years. The Huawei Watch, Samsung Gear S2 and S3 and LG Watches are particular popular examples.
Patents might be future plans or just a way to cover any ideas that might crop up later. Let’s face it (pun intended), the Apple Watch Series 2 has only just recently appeared. This, in its self makes it fairly doubtful that we’ll see a refresh until the latter part of 2017.
But then, could Apple be releasing a new range…?