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A future Apple Watch could allow the watch body to detach from the band for charging while the band continues to track Biometrics+

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Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to an Apple Watch Band that will be able to function as a biometric device tracking a user's heart rate, a respiration rate, blood oxygenation level, a blood volume estimate, blood pressure, even when the Apple Watch body is detached for charging or other reasons.

Apple notes that wearable electronic devices, including watches, can perform a range of functions that is determined by the components (e.g., sensors, circuitry, and other hardware) included with the wearable device as manufactured.

Currently, removing the entire watch from the user for charging or other purposes would prevent the watch from being able to perform its functions with respect to the user, such as tracking biometrics of the user with bio-sensors of the watch.

Given the multiple occasions on which a user may need or desire to remove at least a portion of a watch, it would be beneficial to provide an ability for other portions of the watch to remain with the user. Such an ability would allow the watch to continually monitor the health metrics of the user and/or other conditions even when the user removes other portions of the watch. Wearable electronic devices, including watches, of the present disclosure facilitate operation in multiple modes to provide the user with the opportunity to remove some components while still receiving the continued benefits of at least some functions.

Systems of the present invention could provide a watch with a watch body and a band device that can be used together or independently of one another.

The band device can provide continual operation of its functions even in the absence of the watch body. The assembly of the watch body and the band device can provide secure engagement, communication, and power sharing. Accordingly, neither the watch body nor the band device need to independently include components that provide every function that will be desired by the user. Instead, functions that are desired on a continual or long-term basis can be provided by the band device, and functions that are desired on an intermittent or short-term basis can be provided by the watch body.

Apple's patent FIG. 2 below illustrates a perspective view of a band device of the watch of FIG. 1 on the wrist of the user with the watch body on a charger.

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Apple's patent FIG. 4 above illustrates a side sectional view of the band device and the watch body being separated; FIG. 8 illustrates a block diagram of a watch body (#100) and a band device (200).

For more details, review Apple's patent application # US 20230004129 A1. Apple lists Travis McQueen, Platform Architecture Engineer, as one of the inventors.

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