Since last year, tech giant has been rumored to be working on a smartphone device that could connect with the iPhone, and this week those rumors were further fueled by the application for a trademark in Japan for “iWatch
According to Engadget, other companies have filed for the same trademark in the past, although this particular one was specifically applied for by Apple Inc. of Cupertino.
A document obtained Monday from the Japan Patent Office’s website says the application was made June 3 and made public June 27.
The trademark application follows a recent Apple patent for a flexible AMOLED display intended to be worn around the wrist, in addition to reports that the so-called iWatch will run a full version of iOS and could be available as early as later this year.
It was not immediately clear when the application might be approved. Patent office and Apple officials in Japan were not available for comment late Monday.
The so-called iWatch would allow users to see new information, such as text messages and other notifications, without having to dig for their smartphones in their pockets.