The company is expected to roll out its next-gen Apple Watch along with its tenth-anniversary iPhone model

Published By: Ken Bock on January 30, 2017 11:48 am EST

Recently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was rewarded a patent for the basic functions and ergonomics of a very unique smartwatch strap. This has led to speculation that the Cupertino company could potentially incorporate such a component in its next-generation Apple Watch, dubbed as the Apple Watch 3.

Apple was rewarded such a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the name of “Modular functional band links for wearable devices.” Although such a unique smartwatch band was leaked during early stages of 2016, the tech giant hadn’t been able to patent such technology until recently.

What makes this smartwatch band so unique is that it offers a host of metallic conductive ports, designed to connect to different useful modular components. Such ports can be utilized to incorporate batteries, photovoltaic cells, cameras, power generators, speakers, haptic feedback system and so much more.

That’s not all; as such, a modular smartwatch strap can also be used to enhance an Apple Watch’s health tracking capabilities. Such a modular design would allow the Cupertino giant to implement a host of health monitoring sensors in its included ports, such as pulse screens, heat sensors, heart rate monitors, thermometers, etc.

This unique smartwatch strap can even be used to incorporate sim cards or expand the memory of an Apple Watch through the utilization of an external memory card. Hence, it is very obvious that the applications of such a uniquely-designed smartwatch strap are virtually limitless.

Apple might have consistently remained tight-lipped regarding its upcoming smart projects but the tech giant cannot possibly go wrong with introducing such a unique component in its future-generation smartwatch models. Hopefully, the company has plans on introducing such a modular smartwatch strap on its upcoming Apple Watch 3. Watch the space!