Apple could follow Amazon Echo Loop after patent uncovers new smart ring details

New filing provides more details surrounding potential Apple smart ring
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Apple could be set to introduce a new line to its already-dominant wearables market, with a newly uncovered patent suggesting the development of a smart ring.

Uncovered by Patently Apple, the filing is a continuation of older patents granted earlier this year, as well as back in 2015, in which Apple details a smart ring - one that is able to interact with other devices.

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Such a smart ring would, of course, follow the first major development for the space from an established company, after Amazon launched its Echo Loop back in October.

However, while a potential Apple smart ring would offer likely some similar functionality to the Echo Loop - such as being able to control smart home devices through voice commands - it would, as described in previous patents, essentially act as a smaller Apple Watch.

Apple could follow Amazon Echo Loop after patent uncovers new smart ring details

By harnessing components such as an internal processor, wireless transceiver, a microphone and haptics, the 'Wearable Electronic Ring Computing Device' - as Apple names it in the recent patent - would be able to track daily activity, listen to and provide feedback on commands and more.

However, as ever with patents, it's important to point out that this is all largely speculative. Though Apple may have jotted down some potential plans for the future, these are also just part of thousands of filings from the company.

It's not completely unlikely Apple will eventually release a smart ring, though, at present, it doesn't feel like the kind of move that Apple needs to make. With nothing concrete besides patents, either, we wouldn't count on anything releasing over the next couple of years, at least. Sorry, jewelry fans.

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Conor Allison


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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