Apple hasn't confirmed that it is working on a smartwatch, or that the rumored device will be called "iWatch," but it has filed for a trademark on the name in Japan. That, in and of itself, isn't confirmation that Apple really does have a smartwatch in the works, but it sure does make the idea more plausible.
The rumors surrounding the iWatch claim it will link wirelessly to user's iPhones to display messages, alerts and other content such as driving directions and weather reports. It may also sport fitness tracking features and apparently the company has over 100 engineers working on the watch project, assuming, of course, that the reports allegedly leaking out of Cupertino are legit.
Now an Apple trademark filing in Japan from early June has surfaced for the iWatch name, according to Bloomberg.
Filing for an iWatch trademark could be proof positive that Apple is well on its way to shipping a wrist top computer device. It could also, however, be proof that Apple doesn't want anyone else using the name.
Regardless of whether or not Apple ships a smartwatch, the iWatch name is already firmly attached to an Apple-branded watch. By blocking other companies from using the name, Apple can help prevent confusion in the marketplace from competitors trying to capitalize on the iWatch hype.
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