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July 2, 2013

Apple applies for iWatch trademark in Japan

The application submitted includes computers, computer peripherals and wristwatches.

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple has applied for the registration of trademark of ‘iWatch’ in Japan, signalling company’s possible foray into watch like wearable device market.

The trademark application is reported to include computers, computer peripherals and wristwatches, according to a patent official.

The move by the company follows reports that the electronics giant has been developing a new watch like wearable device and is expected to launch it in the upcoming six months.

Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the reports a month ago that wearable products were ripe for exploration, but he was sceptical, including about Google’s recently unveiled Glass which combines a mobile computer and eyeglasses.

"There’s nothing that’s going to convince a kid who has never worn glasses or a band or a watch to wear one, or at least I haven’t seen it," Cook added.

Apple’s new iWatch is expected to be using Intel chips and would be controlled by the 1.5" touchscreen while the company’s Siri application would allow users to control it through voice commands.

According to the reports, the device will work in conjunction with iPhone and iPad and features a touchscreen front.

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