Before the Apple Watch SE was announced, some people (us included) were hoping it would be the company’s first fitness tracker designed for people who wanted the health features of the Apple Watch 6 but without the extra features and the high costs. It turns out it doesn’t, but the company could bring such a product to market.
As Patently Apple noted, just before the Apple event began in September, the US Patent and Trademark Office released an Apple patent for a number of different micro-LED products. Those three products include a MacBook and an iPad, two things Apple already makes, and a fitness tracker ̵
Most of the patent that you can read here deals with the technical aspects of the Apple fitness tracker – no design elements or fitness features are mentioned other than the use of micro-LED. So we don’t know much about this device other than the fact that Apple is or was at least toying with the idea of such a device.
A long way
Although this patent has only just been published, it was actually filed in 2015, suggesting that Apple may have been working on the technology for a while. Even so, micro-LED is still a pretty futuristic technology – Apple hasn’t even used mini-LED yet, which is the step between currently used LED panels and micro-LED. So this high tech fitness tracker could be far away.
It is rumored that Apple will be releasing a mini-LED iPad Pro in early 2021. Maybe we’ll see a micro-LED iPad Pro in 2022 or later. That would be likely if we saw such a fitness tracker too, although it could be a little earlier.
That’s if it lands at all, but as always with patents, it’s worth noting that there is no guarantee that this will become a product.
It should be noted that Apple apparently reported on another Apple fitness band patent in June that didn’t mention micro-LED – perhaps the device we heard about in that latest patent is actually a second generation device with Non-micro-LED version comes earlier.
Either way, we probably won’t hear from this Apple fitness tracker for a while if it’s still in the works – the company just rolled out the Apple Watch 6, Watch SE, and its new Fitness Plus program all at once, and when it did There was also a fitness band that probably would have shown this next to them.
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