Apple could be working on an Apple Watch band that can change color

You may not need an extensive band collection if this one comes to fruition
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Apple has been granted a patent for a very novel smartwatch band concept - one that would see an Apple Watch strap's color be controlled by an app.

The USPTO filing describes an Apple Watch band that's able to show icons, shapes and text, while also altering the strap's color to signify things like notifications.

The concept imagines that the band would offer these color-changing skills because of electrochromic elements running through it, with this material able to respond to small electric currents. 

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As seen in one of the patent's sketches, shown above, Apple shows off a system whereby each of the band's three stripes could be independently controlled - even going as far as to suggest in the filing's background information that users may want to use this to match the band with their clothing.

"Users may desire the ability to customize their watch bands to express variety and style," the patent reads.

"Some existing watches offer the user with an ability to remove and exchange different watch bands for customization. The embodiments described herein are directed to watch bands that provide enhanced color adjustment capabilities."

Whether we'll actually see such a band come to market, of course, is another thing entirely.

While it would certainly be an impressive feat, it feels unlikely Apple would want to undermine its band collection with a do-it-all option - even if it was one that could only be offered in a specific fabric. 

Nonetheless, it's an exciting concept, and shows that the company is constantly thinking of new ways to make the Apple Watch more functional. 

H/T: Patently Apple

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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