The next big Apple Watch feature could be smart straps – here’s why


The Apple Watch may have struggled to take any radical leaps forward in its past few generations, but a potentially significant upgrade could soon be on the cards – smart straps that can talk to the Watch and trigger new modes.

Right now, Apple Watch straps are dumb and simply slide into the smartwatch for new looks. But as spotted by Patently Apple (opens in new tab), Apple has just been granted a new patent (opens in new tab) that would see NFC-connected bands that are able to connect to a new NFC module in the Apple Watch’s body.


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