Apple Watch 2 to be thinner in size and to have magnetically closed swappable band

Trial production of Apple Watch 2 to start this month
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Apple Watches are seen on display at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, July 21, 2015. U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday as the dollar remained at a three-month high and ahead of a host of earnings from technology giants including Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Amidst rumours about Apple Watch 2, a new design was spotted on the United States Patent and Trademark office website. According to the website, the second generation Apple Watch will have a new type of swappable band. It is said to be a magnetically closed Milanese Loop band. The patent was filed in August 2015.

The magnetic wristband works in two different ways. The band is etched with several magnets arranged in a magnetic polarity patterns. While wearing, it becomes a wrist wrap that forms magnetic couples around the wrist. This magnetic band also becomes a protective layer when not in use. The patent states that when the band is removed, the Apple Watch can be affected by greater forces resulting into some serious damages when not worn by the user.

The submission reads, “In one configuration the wristband is magnetically coupled around a user’s wrist. In another configuration, the magnetic wristband can be magnetically coupled around an electronic device to which it is attached. In this second described configuration the magnetic wristband acts as a protective cover for the electronic device to which the wristband is attached. In this way, a user can reduce the likelihood of damage being inflicted upon the electronic device while it is not being worn.”

Apple is expected to launch the second-generation Watch by April this year. Apple Insider cites that Cowen and Company conducted a research, which states the second-generation Apple Watch will be thinner in size as well as perform better.

MacRumors points out that the company is most likely to implement the patent. Apple has not confirmed it yet. It also says that rumours are indicating that the Cupertino-based company may start a trial production of Apple Watch 2 this month, so the company would soon announce the device launch.