Apple applies for iWatch trademark

Apple logoApple has applied for a trademark in Japan amid rumours that it may be developing a smart watch.

A document obtained from the Japan Patent Office's website said the application for "iWatch" was made on June 3 and made public on June 27.
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It was not immediately clear when the application might be approved. Patent office and Apple officials in Japan were not available for comment.

Apple is rumoured to be working on a smart watch that would run on a version of the operating system used by its iPhone and iPad.
The company has not confirmed it, but chief executive Tim Cook has hinted that it may be developing a wearable computing device such as a wristwatch.

Applying for a trademark in Japan is not proof of Apple's intentions. The company, based in Cupertino, California, has many patents for devices it will never produce.
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