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Digital Crown on Your Apple Watch May Soon Be Replaced By an Optical Sensor: Suggests Patent

However, It Could Take at Least a Few Years Until Apple Perfects the New Mechanism.

The Digital Crown has been one of the key aspects that differentiated the Apple Watch from its competitors. It allows users to easily navigate the WatchOS interface without touching the screen. However, the latest patent issued by Apple reveals that it could be working on ways to replace the Digital Crown with an optical sensor.

According to reports by Patently Apple, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent issued by Apple which reveals how the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch can be replaced by an optical sensor that will identify user gestures.

The new patent, aptly named “Watch with optical sensor for user input”, demonstrates how the Cupertino-based company can use optical sensors instead of the digital crown. This will let users easily scroll through the WatchOS interface while also reducing the number of moving parts, thus eliminating a possible point of failure in the Apple Watch.

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Further, Apple notes that removing the Digital Crown can not only make the Apple Watch more durable and water-resistant but can also free up space that can otherwise be used by other components such as new sensors or even a larger battery.

As the Digital Crown also features an electrical heart sensor that enables ECG, the patent shows that the new optical sensors can also be deployed to measure various health-related vitals such as heart rate, breathing rate, blood oxygenation level, blood pressure, much more accurately.

However, we suggest taking this with a grain of salt as not every patent issued by Apple is always implemented in an actual product. And even if Apple decides to replace the Digital Crown, we don’t expect to see it happening on the Apple Watch Series 8, as it could take a few years until Apple perfects the new mechanism.

Also Read: Xiaomi 12 Series Launched: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

What do you think about Apple’s latest patent? And would you prefer an optical sensor over a more tactile digital crown to control your Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, stay tuned to Oyprice and subscribe to our YouTube channel, or join us on TelegramFacebook, or Twitter.

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I am a DJ, music producer, YouTuber as well as a graphic designer. I am always on the lookout for new things to learn about in my free time which led me to start blogging about tech as a side hobby.
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