Future Apple Watch could feature a flexible display that wraps around the wrist

Could we see this through tech in the Series 5?
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A future Apple Watch could come packing flexible technology that extends the display, with Apple exploring the possibility in a recently granted patent.

Since the smartwatch first launched back in 2015, it has featured the same OLED technology - though the new filing, unearthed by Foldable News, indicates a potential change could be on the horizon.

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Within the finer details of the proposal, which we'll condense, Apple notes that the technology would allow for an increase in the size of the display. So, instead of the screen ending at the watch face, it could drift onto the band itself and become an extension.

The patent also hints at separating the screen from the watch bezel entirely and having it potentially act as a second display on the watch band.

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Now, naturally, the likelihood that any form of this technology will appear in an Apple Watch any time soon is fairly slim. However, less dramatic changes to the display could still be coming through the Apple Watch Series 5.

The Cupertino giant has been interested in MicroLED displays since at least 2014, when it acquired startup LuxVue. There were also reports in 2018 that a MicroLED prototype of the Apple Watch was in the works at Apple, with the benefits of the thinner display potentially leading to a more efficient screen and lower power consumption.

Whatever the case, it doesn't appear as if Apple will persist with OLED displays for too much longer. Particularly with flexible technology en vogue, it's likely the company is looking at all the options for future devices, both wearable and beyond.

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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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