Just days before it starts shipping the most anticipated wearable in electronic devices’ history, Apple has now been granted a patent (via Apple Insider) for its unique, Apple Watch Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet designs in order to ensure that no copies of the same get produced.
While Apple regularly receives patents for designs and technology behind its future products, a patent coming out for the design of a product just out on sale is a bit of a first for the Cupertino giant. The patents has been numbered D727,197, D727,198 and D727,199, all titled “Band,” cover designs for three Apple Watch accessories that have since been branded Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet, respectively.
While the smartwatches are already put up on store for you to use and review, Apple Watch has also been insightfully reviewed by 100s of major tech reviews. Apple Watch bands feature magnetic pegs that makes it easier for users to swap in a new band and install the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch’s Link bracelet design is one of the most well crafted piece of electronic till date. It is made up of stainless steel and consists of over 100 mechanical parts. That also includes an intricate butterfly clasp which when closed, gets packed conveniently around by other links.
The sport band, though looks like you regular watch strap, according to Apple, has a unique”fold under” design in which wearers fix loop size via a pin-and-tuck fastening system. The design ha been made keeping in mind active sports people, as it does not flap out.
The Classic Buckle is quite probably, your usual watch strap design. Consists of an oval head towards the end wherein you buckle up the strap as per your own convenience.
All of Apple’s three strap design patents credit a number of inventors, including SVP of Design Jony Ive, designer Marc Newson and longtime employees like Jody Akana, Duncan Robert Kerr and Christopher Stringer.