A newly uncovered Apple patent deals with the inclusion of a highly accurate pedometer in an undisclosed mobile device. The thing is, did anyone need a patent to prove that a pedometer would be included in the iWatch whenever it finally sees release?
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The iWatch will include a pedometer — obviously

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A newly uncovered patent has the Apple world speculating over the iWatch again. The patent in question, uncovered by Patently Apple, deals with the inclusion of a highly accurate pedometer in an undisclosed mobile device. The thing is, did anyone need a patent to prove that a pedometer would be included in the iWatch whenever it finally sees release?

The iWatch is rumored to carry all sorts of advanced biometric kit — sensors that will be able to track body temperature, heart rate, and possibly even parameters like blood oxygen  and glucose levels as well as hydration. That latter set would be unlike anything we have seen on a currently available wearable and highly impressive in their own right. So, if Apple is looking at these technologies, why wouldn’t one of the most basic fitness sensors, a pedometer, be included?

Aside from the obvious, the story goes even a layer deeper. As MacRumors points out, the iPad nano already features a pedometer, and this patent appears to be very much linked to that device rather than any new one. Yes, the same technology (perhaps even better technology) will find its way to the iWatch, no doubt, but let’s calm down a bit about how important this patent really is in relation to the long-rumored wearable from Apple.

 

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