Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has received a patent for a round display. The company may use it in a wearable.

Apple has not made any considerable changes to the Apple Watch since its introduction in 2015. The company is still retaining the same display and rectangular shape.

According to Apple, it has applied for the patent when introducing the original watch. However, the company has not used the patent. It is for an alternative design and in case the company stages a decision to introduce a round design at a later stage.

The images mentioned in the patent boasts a circular display. They are likely for a smart watch that includes a strap. It is not an indication that Apple will use the patented design.

Pixel arrays are usually offered in rectangular shapes. It is a bit difficult to fix such pixel arrays in devices with a circular shape. The signal lines are crowded in circular designs causing inefficient usage. Therefore, it is obligated to design circular displays with curved edges to fit the circular shapes.

Apple may have purposefully obtained the patent for round wearable to prevent other companies compete. The company may be planning to launch an iPhone with a circular display. However, circular displays are inefficient when compared to the rectangular shapes.


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