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Apple working on circular screens; round-face Apple Watch launching soon?

Okay yeah, hold your breath because we are about to tell you good stuff. The Apple Watch might be potentially released in round-face variant rather than its fellow squared shape ones. Yes, we are not lying. Apple has figured out how to work with displays for devices having curved edges and it is one of the basic things for circular-shaped devices as well.

U.S Patent and Trademark Office published the paper which had the Apple’s patent for “Electronic device having a display with curved edges” describing the construction a display which wasn’t the usual traditional rectangular screen mostly used as the screen of the mobile devices.

On reading the patent one can see how Apple aims at achieving it. The patent advises of the reduced pixel count and the irregular rows and columns that make up a round display compared to the uniform pixel arrays in rectangular screens. This will ensure that the edges are circular rather than being rectangular. Folded vertical lines for pixel data could be split across two halves of a round screen, with bisected horizontal gate lines working in a similar manner, for a more efficient display.

The patent itself is for technology developed to combat the challenges that come with a circular frame and smart technology. ‘Pixel arrays often have rectangular shapes. However, rectangular pixel arrays will not fit efficiently within a device having a circular shape. Circular displays can have bottleneck regions in which signal lines become crowded, leading to inefficient use of display area. It would, therefore, be desirable to be able to provide improved displays such as circular displays or other displays with curved edges,’ the patent reads

Unlike most displays, Apple also suggests folding data lines back on themselves, which will force them to pass through two or more pixel columns – they may also overlap. Called ‘Electronic device having display with curved edges’, it was filed just eight months after the release of the first generation of Apple Watches.

However, it is important to note that Apple frequently files patents that never become fully developed products.

It is possible the company filed for the patent in order to make it harder for other companies to compete or make them fight for the patent.